Are We Hiding Hatred With Lying Lips?

Proverbs 10:18- He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
Proverbs 26:24-26- He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.

While away from blogging and healing, the Holy Spirit it appears led me to read a lot about the heart’s condition; both mine and others. I just could not and can’t get over how hatred runs so rampant among us. Thank you Holy Spirit! As many times as I have read the above scriptures, I missed an understanding about hiding hatred with lying lips. What came to my mind is that a lot of us hide hatred behind Religion and Christianity. 

Most of us simply hide behind God (reading the bible, memorizing, quoting, and preaching scripture) while claiming at the same time to be doers of His word when our behavior toward others speak differently. This is “wretched, but true” as my grandson Elijah would say. As Believer’s we can and will do better, right?  Yes we can and Yes we will, because of God’s grace. Where does God look when He looks at us? Where does hatred lie dormant? Yep! You’ve got it.  He looks in and it lies dormant in the HEART.

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The other thing we do is lie to ourselves about loving God when we have the smallest bit of animosity toward others. We are again hiding “hatred with lying lips.” 1 John 4:20 clearly calls us out on that shame:

“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”

 As Believers’ in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, we should REMEMBER three things hiding hatred does:

  1. Hatred dissembles (misleads) others and the people of God with lying lips.
  2. Hatred causes others and the people of God to be deceitful from within.
  3. Hatred isn’t just one abomination in our heart; it is “seven abominations…” (Whoa! I missed knowing that over the years. TYHS!)

May we all ask of the Holy Spirit’s conviction within us as we meditate on these verses:

(1 John 3:9-10)- Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
(Matthew 5:43-47) Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
(Psalm 119:104)-Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
(1 John 3:15)-Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (Ding! Ding!)

The conclusion of the matter is this- To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. (Titus 3:2) When we practice this daily using a repentant heart, we can stop being one who “hideth hatred with lying lips…”

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Furthermore, beloved, hatred is a sin that puts us OUT OF FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD.  Hatred is 360 degrees in the opposite direction of love; and God is Love.

What is the effect of hatred vs. love? Hatred stirreth up strifes:(not one strife but many) but love covereth all sins(not one sin, but all). (Proverbs 10:12)

 

Bring in the New Year abundantly filled with LOVE for others. Cover the sin of Hatred.
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The Fining – Proverbs 17:3

Fining-noun -1.the process by which fused glass is freed of undissolved gases. 2. the process of clarifying or filtering a wine or spirit.
Key Verse: Proverbs 17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.
Silvering is the chemical process of coating glass with a reflective substance.

fining 3Thought Point: Christians are the fused glass. What undissolved gases do we hold within our hearts?

While away healing, I was studying deeply about the Person and the Work of the Holy Spirit, the books of Psalms and Proverbs. I will be sharing some things that the Holy Spirit shared with me concerning verses I was led to meditate on from the books of Psalms and Proverbs.

I, like many have felt like Job, but without the friends. We never pull away from God, even though there are times we feel His Spirit wasn’t working with/in us. We stand firm in prayer shedding many tears and experience near breaking point bouts. Are we to break and not just reach the point? ( We’re in the Fining Pot.) If we tell others about our problems and about the deaths and a serious illness of loved ones, 99.999% of the time this sentiment will be spoken that have always bothered me… “Well, you know the bible says God never puts more on you than you can bear.” Really? Beloved, bear with me and grasp this knowledgeable discovery given to me on Oct 15th at my 10:24pm study of Proverbs 17:3.

The saying is a falsehood floating around in pulpits, at funerals and at hospitals. Although it is spoken as a sentiment, quite a few believe it is a biblical saying and are very attentive to it. It is not a biblical saying per my lesson from the Holy Spirit of God. It is here that we find the true saying has been taken way out of Egypt (context). The sentiment should stop being used in association with the following verse: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1Corinthians 10:13) This verse clearly speaks of temptations common to man; not about burdens…“God never puts…” can’t even come out of or close to this verse.

If you perhaps still have unbelief that this is an unbiblical sentiment, think about these things: (1) What burden(s) did “God put” on His one and only beloved Son that He could not bear; would you intentionally put burdens on your own child/children)? (2) Should you really say that to someone who lost someone to suicide, a sudden death, or the rape of a child because “God put” that burden there? (3) What burden was it that “God put” on Judas that he could not bear it so much so that he hung himself? (4) Could you bear the loss of your entire family in an auto accident and you as the driver lived; would that be a burden that “God put” on you?

Wisdom Point – God DELIVERS us from our burdens. Please read  2 Corinthians  Note verses 8-10

“For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;” (Think- Did God put  the “trouble” to come to them “in Asia?)

As the young people say “I’m not tryin’ to get up in your grille” or “tryin’ to raise your roof”…I am just sharing a truth about an often misrepresented saying. (this is the Fining) There is a need for us to pay close attention of things taking place in the spiritual realm. 1 Corinthians 10:1 warns us about being ignorant-“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;” (The Fining of “Our Fathers”) (Read verses 2-12)

The main question we should ask ourselves as Christians is – why are we so quick to say that it is God that is doing the “put?” In the scriptures presented does it state that “God put?” I know, I know, it’s a saying that has been passed down through generations and the scripture misunderstood. Even I have used it once and recall feeling very uncomfortable for saying it. I have had to go through near death experiences to grasp the truth about God’s word when spoken from others.

While in the presence of people going through the unbearable, I learned that there was strength in prayer, in quietness, in just being there, and in crying with some laughter. You know…The Fining of it all. It is indeed a process through which we (fused beings/glass) go through to be freed from undissolved issues (gases). In life it takes a highly heated process to dissolve things. Hallelujah Holy Spirit, Thank you for that shout out.

The Fining– Oh what a great silvering (reflection) process that in the end allows us to take a spot-on view of what is in our hearts. It allows us to see what God sees in our heart because  ..”the Lord trieth the hearts.”  IT’S NOT ABOUT THE BURDENS, IT’S ABOUT THE FINING AND GOD’S GRACE. That’s my belief and I’m sticking with it.

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Anger Issues… Who Me? Who You? – Jonah 4

Jonah 4

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2 And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:

And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

Psy 101- (courtesy of Wikipedia.org) Three types of anger are recognized by psychologists: The first form of anger, named “hasty and sudden anger” by Joseph Butler, an 18th-century English bishop, is connected to the impulse for self-preservation. It is shared between humans and non-human animals and occurs when tormented or trapped. The second type of anger is named “settled and deliberate” anger and is a reaction to perceived deliberate harm or unfair treatment by others. These two forms of anger are episodic. The third type of anger is called dispositional and is related more to character traits than to instincts or cognitions. Irritability, sullenness and churlishness are examples of the last form of anger. Please read more at your convenience- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anger

 

We learn in this last chapter why Jonah chose to flee from God. (vs.2) Oh my word! (TYHS) Doesn’t this remind you of the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)? Key words- “I knew… ”

** Main lesson learned- When it comes to God, it’s best that you KNOW, not “Knew” **

We also learn that Jonah became angry with God. After all that he went through…Who Jonah? He had the nerve to become angry with God? He is the one who took a chance to flee from his destiny, pleas with God; gets saved by God; is released from the belly of the great fish, i.e. blessed by God to serve Him as originally asked; chose to serve Him, and then have the nerve to become angry with God after serving Him? Whoa! Pull that reel back in before you fish for an answer! 😛  Step back and spell Mississippi the old fashioned way before you answer. For those who are not aware of the old spelling technique taught to some toddlers reared in the South. Here goes…

M- I- crooked letter(s), crooked letter(s)- I, crooked letter(s), crooked letter(s)- I, hump back(p), hump back (p)- I.. Mississippi. Put ourselves in Jonah’s wet clothes for a sec. We’ve all been there.

Now get in front of a mirror and ask self…Anger issues-Who Me? (pointing to self) Who You? (pointing to the mirror)

Lesson- God understands when we become displeased or angry with Him and with others. Don’t go sit your bottom in a corner, away from others, or under a tree sulking in anger because you thought you knew the mind of God. I used to think being angry period was such a terrible sin. Is there such as thing as righteous anger? (Spell Mississippi break)   I was reminded that several others became angry with God throughout the bible. Most are familiar with Moses’ anger. I was also reminded…Anger is one of God’s attributes. Many verses tell us that He is either “slow to anger” or “became angry.” We were made in His image…eh?

We have a tendency to overlook this verse that tells us who God actually becomes displeased and angry with. (Psalm 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. )This proves to me that anger is indeed one of God’s attributes, and that there is only ONE category of people that angers Him “every day.” You choose the correct answer… Wicked or Righteous? What’s intriguing is that we have either been in this category and/or some are still in it and deny it to self.

I have learned on this journey through Jonah that I did not know ME as well as ME thought I KNEW. Whenever you read The Book of Jonah, substitute your name for his. (TYHS) It is one of the books of the bible that place focus on the sole attitude and actions of a messenger God chose and called. It’s an “about me” book.  As Popeye would sing …“I yam, what I yam cause I…” Do you really know who you are? I also learned why my Papaw spent a lot of time with me showing me that God worked through him, teaching me that God Is, and training me to write his Sunday school lessons beginning at the age of 4.  PTL!!! As they say hindsight is 20/20.

I am glad that a challenge was put forth to our congregation for each individual to focus on their walk with God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit for 40 days. I also pray that others discovered who they are and how their actions as an individual affect the Body of Christ. I pray that those who are reading this make the same discovery when you choose to seek God and walk with Him. Leave NOTHING to chance, Choose GOD. If  more than 120, 000 can repent and be saved within a 40 day period, what do you think the odds are of 1 person repenting and being saved who can’t discern their right hand from their left? Look to self and choose God.

Lesson Goals

  • To KNOW God. Rend your hearts, it’s the only way.
  • To KNOW what The Lord’s Will for us is as an individual and to Do it. Only then, as a congregate on the ONE, will the Body of Christ be glorified. Do your part.
  • Be not angry at God and learn to accept His decision when He decides to spare the wicked. Keep your judgments of others to yourself, let go, let God. For it is He only who can prepare a gourd, a worm and a wind in a blink of an eye to teach YOU that His Will supersedes your anger issues and that He is ALWAYS in control. (Jonah 4:9-10)

Besides, who best of all would know to ask you, “Doest thou well to be angry?”

We have a lot of work to do with self ahead of us. I hope you have gained some insight through my journey with Jonah, just how great the Lord works period. Amen. Jonah knew not the hour of the Lord’s appearance (Jonah 4:5- So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city) We will not know the hour when Jesus returns (Matthew 24:42)  We know as Jonah did, He is coming.

Are you swallowed up in the big fish of Anger? Call out to God. Please pray with me Psalm 7, which I prayed as I closed out my Lent 2014 journey through The Book of Jonah.

 

Popeye: Hey, I wants me girl!Sindbad the Sailor: Oh, yeah? Popeye: Yeah!

Sindbad the Sailor: Who are you?

Popeye: [sing-song] I’m Popeye the Sailor Man! Who are you?

Sindbad the Sailor: Who am I?

Popeye: You heard what I said.

Sindbad the Sailor: WHO AM I?

Popeye: That’s what I said.

Sindbad the Sailor: Who’s the most remarkable extra-ordinary fellow?

Everyone: YOU! Sindbad the Sailor!

Sindbad the Sailor: Who’s the most phenomenal extra-special kind of fellow?

Everyone: YOU! Sindbad the Sailor!

Sindbad the Sailor: I’m afraid of nobody under the sun/ All I say is “Boo!” and my enemies run! Who’s the most remarkable extraordinary fellow? (Who Me? Who You?…LOL) 

Popeye: Popeye the Sailor! You got a long way to go, young fellow… (I love this response…ha ha ha. We can all relate)

Sindbad the Sailor: [enraged, grabs Popeye] Well, let’s see how brave you are!

[throws him into the talons of the roc] ”

To Perish or To Repent? ——————— The God of “Ands”- Jonah 3:9-10

Jonah 3- Conclusion

Jonah 3:9-10

Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

 

Vocabulary Enrichment

Perish- vb- to become destroyed or ruined; die

Repent- vb- to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life; to change one’s mind; (vt)- to cause to feel regret or contrition

I am not going to place a focus on whether or not the mind of God changes because of the verse stating that “God repented”. However I did want to wrestle with the Holy Spirit about that because it is in the bible more than once. When the Sprit says “no, don’t go that route and lose focus on rending your heart”, what do you do? You listen to Him. I didn’t take that chance and I chose to focus on what I do and don’t do that pleases God. You see, darlings, it’s not about God repenting. It’s about God’s repentance of the evil that lies within the hearts of men. It is a repentance of man’s heart that makes the change.-Forward March!

Lesson- During this study, it has become so evident to me that we only have two choices in this life per any given situation/event that determines an outcome. We are quick to look past the obvious. When your wickedness goes up before God as the Ninevites wickedness did (“…for their wickedness is come up before me”- Jonah 1:2) will you choose To Perish or To Repent?  I chose repentance. It has been shown from the beginning (Genesis) and will be until the ending (Revelation) of this life we now live.

Think about this…when you decide not to make a choice, whether you realize it or not, others will make choices for you which leaves you to chance based upon someone else’s decision. Would you choose to let someone else decide what is best for your life and you not rely on God? Many of us do, even those who are in our right mind. Jonah had the right mind, but the heart let him flee. Yes, I did go there. I Love You. Do you not have your own mind? Yes God sends messengers, but you are the ONE responsible for hearing the message with your heart…it’s your heart that is examined by God.( 1 Samuel 16:7) Each of those in Jonah 3:7-8, from the animals to humans had to account for their own heart issues, even though Jonah relayed the message. You may not agree, however that is your choice. Allow me to share with you scriptures received that are evidence of my lesson learned about making choices and leaving chance to God. (TYHS) Pull open your bibles!

  • Genesis 3:1-3To eat of the trees of the Garden, but not in the midst (middle) of the Garden.
  • Deuteronomy 30:19-20 – Life or Death
  • Leviticus 18:22 – Grace or Disgrace
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9-10/ Isaiah 55:6-7/ – Righteousness or Unrighteousness
  • Romans 6:16– Obedience or Disobedience
  • Matthew 12: 25-30/ Proverbs 16:19 – God or Satan/Togetherness or Division
  • Romans 12:21– Good or Evil
  • Isaiah 30:20-21 – Walk in God or Walk out of God
  • Revelation 20/Hebrews 11: 25 – First Resurrection or Second Death
  • Revelation 22:10-18– To Hear or Not To Hear

“Ands”

The Bang!!!… The God of “And” repents of the evil that we do. We always remember “but God”, and barely remember “and God”. This is in sync with my two choices message I received. Isn’t the Holy Spirit a great communicator? Yes or No?  Choose one. I used to love those multiple choice tests, because the right answer was there, you just had to choose it. I find it aching that Adam and Eve took the first multiple choice test knowing the answer and still chose the wrong answer by listening to someone else. We do that too, however, “And God” when He sees an improvement in our works and our hearts, He forgives and He has mercy according to the rending of our heart and cares over to Him. 

Jonah 3:9-10– …“And God saw their works…. AND God repented of the evil, that He said He would do unto them; And (God) He did it not.” It is your choice To Perish or To Repent? As the King of the Ninevites asked ….Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?” God chose you. Why not repent? Why not rend your heart to God? I’ll tell you why you should per John 15:16- Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

 

Quotes

 Eric Allenbaugh

“Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something. Where are your choices taking your life? What do your behaviors demonstrate that you are saying yes or no to in life?” 

 Led Zeppelin

“Yes, there are two paths you can go by. But in the long run there’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

“Then as it was, then again it will be, and though the course will change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea.”

 Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.

Fleeing To Your Destiny – Jonah 3:1-8 To Chance or To Choose?

Jonah 3:1-8

And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.  So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.  So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.  For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.  And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:  But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

Vocabulary Enrichment

Chance- n- something that happens unpredictably without discernible human intentions or observable cause; the assumed purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings

Choose- vb- to select freely and after consideration; to have a preference for

In this chapter, Jonah made a fleeing to his destiny choice instead of taking to chance a fleeing from his destiny. Enjoy!

Lesson- Much to his chagrin inside the belly of a great fish for three days and three nights Jonah learned it is a better choice to flee to God instead of fleeing from God. It is better to make choices, wise ones at best using the Holy Spirit as your guide when the Lord makes a request of you. We have all taken chances on something or someone. We have thrown our own selves overboard into a belly of a great fish far longer than 3 days and 3 nights. We have all ran and some still run in the opposite direction of God. During this journey, I was shown that I’ve made a few bad choices in my lifetime because of leaving things to chance, or doing what I thought was best even as a Christian. Praise the Lord for GRACE and God’s Protective Shield (GPS).

Remember Jonah’s escape happened due to Divine Intervention in Chapter 2? The Holy Spirit also showed me that the perfect example of a person making a wise choice is that of Abraham. Most of you that are reading here are familiar with the events of Abraham (Genesis 11-25). He could have taken a chance to run away and hide his son from God, something that most of us would do if God asked us to sacrifice one of our children. To chance anything is out of alignment for us to achieve God’s Will. What did Jonah achieve once he made the choice to serve God? He achieved his freedom from the seaweed wrap (you folks be careful of those seaweed wraps in Spa’s) and he delivered the message to Nineveh per God’s original request.

The Boom!!!… Insight given to me from the Holy Spirit! Let’s pen them as Abraham’s Choices. There are three (3) choices we must make in order to discern that we can’t hide anywhere nor hide anything from God. (TYHS) If you make these three choices, i.e., go out on the limb (mho) then as they say…“you know that you know that you know that if it had not been for the Lord on my side” is a good adage to evoke after failed attempts to flee God.

  1. You have to know God.
  2. You have to have faith in God.
  3. You have to be obedient to God.

Think about this… Aside from Jonah, how many people in the bible thought that hiding or fleeing from God was possible? In my heart rending lesson learned, Abraham made good choices. He knew God, had faith in God, and was obedient to God. It is NOT impossible for us to be as Abraham was.

I have also learned through research that Jonah was the only prophet chosen not to deliver a message to Israel and Judah. The other books are full of prophecies as compared to Jonah’s one prophecy to deliver. Now isn’t that interesting? Nineveh was full of wickedness, comparative to the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah. Folks, I’m here to tell you…Leave to chance to God and choose to serve Him using His GPS, aka The Holy Spirit. Romans 11:33(KJV) O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  This verse is why I believe you should leave to chance with God. Was not Jonah’s encountering a purposeless unaccountable happening? If you are going to flee from something, you might as well make the choice to flee to your destiny. Let your Ebenezer stones of your past remembrances be your stepping stone onto dry land to make the right choices. Nobody likes to be wet all the time, unless you are a fish. 😛  Amen.

Enlightening Quotes / Relative Bible Verses

William Jennings Bryan (2) 

“If the Bible had said that Jonah swallowed the whale, I would believe it.”

2 Timothy 3:16 – All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

Isaiah 55:11 – So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.

Hebrews 11:7 – By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Frank Scully

“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t it where the fruit is?”

Luke 19:1-10 – And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Zacchaeus made a choice to go out on the limb, mho)

Unknown

“Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice.”

Galatians 5:1 -Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

You too can learn a lot from the book of Jonah. I was and still am in awe of the lessons I’ve learned during Lent 2014. It really does take rending your heart to God to learn what His destiny is for you to give you an “expected end.” It is definitely not to harm you. Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Next Journey Shareware- Jonah 3:9-10

Quotes I Love About Respect

Guten Abend Beloved! I shall share a few quick thoughts of mine before presenting the quotes. I decided to research some quotes about RESPECT for one of my workshop presentations. I have learned over many years that RESPECT is a mixture of genuine love and truth and that my life is no more important or less than another persons life. I’ve seen so less of it these last 30 something years and the lack of RESPECT towards God, self, others, and things have become worse. Disrespect is no longer kept on the DL (Down Low) by many Christians.  It can been seen as clear as spilt dark oil upon dark waters and the moon doesn’t even have to be shining upon the waters.  Now that’s very reflective!

A lack of RESPECT appears to be one of the reasons, if not the main reason, that people in the workplace, in church, in families, and in relationships fail to get along, fail to experience joy, fail to prosper and grow, fail to communicate effectively, fail to be on one accordance in loving and doing for one another, and basically fail in life goals planned for one by God Almighty. People avoid even greeting certain people while in church. Over the years, I have witnessed people in a church sanctuary turn 1 aisle into a 4-way emergency pew exit. They will look directly at a person and skedaddle off in another direction to avoid speaking to that person, or start talking to a person closest to them that they normally sit by. And… they even have the audacity to think that it goes unnoticed by others and the avoided person.  It’s a sure sign of disrespect towards others as a Christian while at church. I don’t like reading or seeing such signs of disrespect especially in the church realm.

Let’s go deeper…. A person that does this in church is also showing a lack of reverence for God in a place of worship. Now that’s sad. What’s even more sad, is that people (Christian or Not) inside the church still don’t comprehend that God is watching their actions INSIDE His house of worship. My advice to those who do such an evil deed in church need to realign their heart with God and communicate with the person they are avoiding about any issue(s) that makes them avoid speaking to them. Disrespect among Christians causes ground for Division.  (yeah something similar to that which causes ground for a divorce)  Listen closely….There is only 1 aisle to the Kingdom of  God and it is through Jesus Christ. I know…The Truth Stings and Saves!

What’s that idiom?  A house divided against ITSELF cannot stand… easily translated into Everyone involved must unify and function together or it will not work outBeloved, have we not yet learned as humans, that even the apple respects the worm and the cow jumped over the moon while the dish ran away with the spoon?  Think about it!

A Respectful Apple

A Respectful Apple

That’s all that I have to say on the matter, and to back up my thoughts, I ask that you meditate on this bible verse of which you’ll have to figure out with deep thought and conviction on your own why it is referenced. TYHS! 

Genesis 1:28 – Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Learn and Live the Need – RESPECT and know your ROLE  as a COG – Shelia  

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“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”Frederick Douglass

“If you spend your life sparing people’s feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you can’t distinguish what should be respected in them.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” – Jackie Robinson

“What is the quality of your intent? Certain people have a way of saying things that shake us at the core. Even when the words do not seem harsh or offensive, the impact is shattering. What we could be experiencing is the intent behind the words. When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it happens. What each of us must come to realize is that our intent always comes through. We cannot sugarcoat the feelings in our heart of hearts. The emotion is the energy that motivates. We cannot ignore what we really want to create. We should be honest and do it the way we feel it. What we owe to ourselves and everyone around is to examine the reasons of our true intent. My intent will be evident in the results.” – Thurgood Marshall

“I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“In my day, we didn’t have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.” – Jane Haddam

“No one respects a talent that is concealed.” – Desiderius Erasmus

“The tragedy is that so many people look for self-confidence and self-respect everywhere except within themselves, and so they fail in their search.” – Nathaniel Branden

“Respect is love in plain clothes.” – Frankie Byrne

“A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.” – Abraham J. Heschel

“People think we had a love-hate relationship. Well, I did not love him, nor did I hate him. We had mutual respect for each other, even as we both planned each other’s murder.” – Werner Herzog  

“It’s very dramatic when two people come together to work something out. It’s easy to take a gun and annihilate your opposition, but what is really exciting to me is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other.”Fred Rogers

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”- Stacey Charter

“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.” – Benjamin Franklin

“For the multiculturalist, white Anglo-Saxon Protestants are prohibited, Italians and Irish get a little respect, blacks are good, native Americans are even better. The further away we go, the more they deserve respect. This is a kind of inverted, patronising respect that puts everyone at a distance.”Slavoj Žižek

“A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?” – Confucius

“Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.” – Albert Einstein

“An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.- Martin Luther King, Jr.

“This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of — for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” – Socrates

“RESPECT THE ROLL” – Cottonelle Tissue Advertisement

Proverbs

He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.- Persian Proverb

When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us. – Native American Proverb

Should even one’s enemy arrive at the doorstep, he should be attended upon with respect. A tree does not withdraw its cooling shade even from the one who has come to cut it.Mahabharata 12.146.5

The way to overcome the angry man is with gentleness, the evil man with goodness, the miser with generosity and the liar with truth.Indian Proverb

Respect out of fear is never genuine; reverence out of respect is never false. – Chinese Proverb

African Proverbs  

It is unwise for one to think that a hen will ever be accorded respect in the land of the hawks.

Negotiate with your enemy whilst you are a strong and formidable force, and he will always fear and respect you, but negotiate at the brink of defeat, and he will trample you down.

The Holy Bible

Leviticus 19:32– ‘You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the Lord.

Philippians 2:3  – Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

1 Samuel 2:30– Therefore the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I said indeed that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever.’ But now the Lord says: ‘Far be it from Me; for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.

Titus 2:7 – in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,

Philippians 2:3Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13– And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.

Matthew 7: 10-12 – Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

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