Be a Woman of Strength

“My friend, I don’t know what you’re going through, but look to see if God is trying to direct you, inspect you, correct you, protect you, or perfect you.”  ~Anonymous

Acknowledge the wonderful resources you have in the Lord and then bear down physically and mentally like a soldier, and calmly and determinedly, endure life’s challenges as they roll in and out.  Your attitude in prayer should not be to “give in”, “give up” or “quit”, but of forgiveness, endurance, hopefulness.  Be a woman of strength.

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The Puritans and the Christians Today

Puritans 1 Peter 2:12With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought I’d share some thoughts regarding the Puritans.

When you hear the word, “Puritan”, what comes to mind?  Is it an image of self-righteous, obnoxious, narrow-minded, humorless, witch-hunting, killjoy kind of person?  I used to think that way, until I became a believer!

In sixteenth-century England, the Puritans were concerned about bringing Christian values to bear an increasingly secular nation.  The Christians today have the same problem.  What was the Puritan’s solution back then?  Go to America and create a purely Christian society for the world to see and follow. Continue Reading

The Legend of the Jack O’Lantern

Occult (in latin “accultus”) means to cover up, hide or conceal.  The purpose is to deceive you.Jack O'Lantern - Ephesians 4:27

Occultism is always involved with some contact with the demonic world. 

One of the characteristics of occultism is that it creates a strange magnetism that draws the participant while, at the same time, frightens him. People are attracted to it and move into it, but always with some degree of fear and trepidation.

Demons and occultism work hand in hand. In fact, occultism would not exist without demons. If there were no demons, there would be no occult.

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Satan is Subtle and Seductive

Beware of Satans SchemesHalloween is always a tough time for Christians, especially for those with children. It is also a dangerous time for some who get involved with what may seem to be “harmless” events associated with Halloween – but they can also be “entry ways” for the occult and can prove very badly for those naive and gullible.

We need to remember, though, that there are two distinct kingdoms of the universe.

One is the Kingdom of God that is ruled and governed by God.  This is the kingdom of light, where righteousness rules and the result is having eternal life.

The other is the kingdom of the enemy that is ruled and governed by Satan.  This is a kingdom of darkness, where evil rules and the result is death.

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Have No Fear

1 Peter 4:12-13 – “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some No Fearstrange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”

Peter tells us not to be surprised when fiery trials come.  Trust me, when I’m going through trials, I need to remind myself that I’m not the only person going through them.  Many people are going through trials – through persecutions, hardships, loneliness, and so much more.

I’m unemployed right now.  I was laid off three times in the past 2 years.  My mother, grandmother, and grandfather passed away during this time.  I was struggling so much financially; I had to move to my father’s home to get back on my feet.  Then, months later, I was kicked out because my Christianity “disgusted” my family.  Aaaah those fiery trials…..they aren’t fun.

We need to remember trials produce patience and maturity.   If it weren’t for trials, we’d be weak, obnoxious, narrow-minded Christians.  A trial is an instrument to accomplish God’s purpose for you.

James 1:3 – “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”  Can you see how God is using these trials to make you pliable?  He’s causing a stiff, unyielding person to become softened, sweet, loving – the way He wants you to be.

Remember, God wants us to know the blessing and the peace that comes from being steadfast and unmovable.  God desires that we may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing – James 1:4.

Be strong my dear friend.  God will never leave you nor forsake you.

Blessed Repentance

Blessed RepentanceRevelation 2:1-5, “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.”

“Repent”: in Greek, it’s “metanoeo”, means to change one’s mind, to think differently, to reconsider.

Five of the seven churches in Revelation were told to repent.  Repent is a fundamental thing to do.  When you repent, you want to change the way you formulate your ideas. Continue Reading

When in doubt, Praise God!

Remember GodThomas came with doubts, did Jesus turn him away?  No.  God never turns away the sincere heart. Tough questions do not stump God. He invites our inquiries. What concerns you?  What occupies your mind?  Talk to God.  Pray and read the Bible.  God can restore you.  He can heal you.

Doubt is a threat to faith – it leaves no room for the hope of faith that is rooted in the assurance of faith.

Here is some scripture to remember:

Praise the Lord for the glory of his name; worship the Lord because he is holy.
Psalm 29:2

Sing praises to the Lord, you who belong to him; praise his holy name.
Psalm 30:4

Come, let’s worship him and bow down. Let’s kneel before the Lord who made us,
because he is our God and we are the people he takes care of and the sheep that he tends.
Psalm 95:6–7

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