If The World Hates You, Maybe It Is Because You Stand Up For What Is Right And Good, And Evil Hates The Truth!
If The World Hates You, Maybe It Is Because You Stand Up For What Is Right And Good, And Evil Hates The Truth! The Devil hates you to speak the Truth, and he does not want you to wake others up to the Truth. He is all things bad and evil, and loves the darkness. God is everything good and Right! He loves the light.
- Prepare for what is coming! (endtimebibleprophecy.wordpress.com)
“The wicked flee when no man pursues them, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous are bold as a lion.”~~Proberbs 28:1
“If we intend to succeed at being ourselves, we must reach a point where we can be led by the Holy spirit. Only God, through His Spirit, will lead us to succeed and be all we can be. Other people usually won’t, the devil certainly won’t, and we are not able to do it ourselves without God. Being led by the Spirit does not mean that we do not make mistakes or that we are perfect. The Holy Spirit does not make mistakes but we do.
Following the Spirit’s leading is a process which can only be learned by doing. We start by stepping out into things we believe God is putting on our hearts, and we learn by wisdom and experience how to hear more clearly and definitely.
I say that boldness is required to be led by the Spirit because: 1.) only boldness steps out, and 2.) only boldness can survive making mistakes. When insecure people make mistakes, they often will never try again. Bold people make many mistakes, but their attitude is, “I’m going to keep trying until I learn to do this right.”
Those who suffer from condemnation usually don’t believe they can hear from God. Even if they think they may have heard from God and do step out, a minor failure is a major setback to them. I am prepared mentally and emotionally not to be defeated by mistakes and problems when they do come.
Be bold. Be determined that you are going to be all God wants you to be. Don’t hide behind fears and insecurities any longer. If you have already made major blunders in your life and have been living under condemnation for a reason, and I encourage you to take this message personally, just as though God were talking directly to you through it. Be determined to press on toward victory.” ~~~Joyce Meyer
Before having God in my life, I lived in “fear”, “remorse”, “resentments”, and “chaos”. God has taken away my “fears” and given me “faith” to replace it.
- How to be Spirit-Led, Part 2 (christiancounselorpastor.wordpress.com)
Have you ever read Matt 4:1-2? We don’t know if Jesus was immediately led to the wilderness or if this was some time after His baptism. Luke 4:1 says, “Jesus returned from the Jordan River.” What we do know is that He was “led by the Spirit.” This is an object lesson for us. Likewise, we must be “led by the Spirit.” The Spirit will never lead us to a place where we shouldn’t be.
For believers, the relationship with the Trinity begins with Jesus. In the disciples' case, Jesus came to tell them the rest of the story, since they had a Jewish background. They had been expecting the messiah to physically deliver the Jews from Roman oppression, and they believed Jesus would do that for them. What they didn't know was they got it half right: Jesus was and is the messiah, but He brought spiritual deliverance as opposed to physical deliverance from Roman oppression.
Years ago, God sent Pastor G and me on a spiritual journey to learn more about Him and how He is. The fellowship we belonged to for many years focused on God the Father. Jesus was mentioned, but not much was taught about Him as being part of the trinity. The denominational teaching was that the Holy Spirit was not a Person but a power that God gives us sometime after baptism by immersion.
Have you noticed the glaring absence of Thanksgiving? Our American culture skips every so quickly from Halloween to Christmas - or "Sparkle Season!" *eye roll*
Whatever happened to THANKSGIVING?
The logistics of gratitude, if we take the time to think about it, require us to recognize our own place in the scheme of things. We cannot be grateful is we feel we are deserving of ANYTHING.
Uploaded on Mar 14, 2011
To the cross I look, to the cross I cling
Of its suffering I do drink
Of its work I do sing
On it my Savior both bruised and crushed
Showed that God is love
And God is just
At the cross You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees, and I am
Lost for words, so lost in love,
I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered
What a priceless gift, undeserved life
Have I been given
Through Christ crucified
You’ve called me out of death
You’ve called me into life
And I was under Your wrath
Now through the cross I’m reconciled
In awe of the cross I must confess
How wondrous Your redeeming love and
How great is Your faithfulness
From the album Sweetly Broken – with my own pictures
Published on Apr 23, 2013
CCLI Song # 6223481
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I don’t know where to go from here
It all used to seem so clear
I’m finding I can’t do this on my own
I don’t know where to go from here
As alone as I know that You are near
I’m done fighting, I’m finally letting go
I will trust in You
You’ve never failed before
I will trust in You
If there’s a road I should walk
Help me find it
If I need to be still
Give me peace for the moment
Whatever Your will
Whatever Your will
Can you help me find it?
Can you help me find it?
I’m giving You fear and You give faith
I’m giving You doubt, You give me grace
For every step I’ve never been alone
Even when it hurts You’ll have Your way
Even in the valley I will say
With every breath You’ve never let me go
I will wait for You
You’ve never failed before
I will wait for You
I lift my empty hands (come fill me up again)
Have Your way, my King (I give my all to You)
I lift my eyes again (was blind but now I see)
‘Cause You are all I need
I love this song. I woke up today singing it. It reminds me of the Big Book where it reads, “Thy Will Be Done Always”.
“As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day ‘Thy will be done always’. We are then much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.
It works–it really does.”~~~Big Book, p. 88
This song has been running through my head, over and over. God is reminding me that “I am an Overcomer”. I am a Survivor. It reminds me not to give up hope! I heard it on KSBJ a few months ago, and I have been singing it ever since.
It is appropriate for the things that I have been going through for the last year and a half. My mother passed away, no job, no money, can’t pay taxes on house, and then a girl texting on her cellular phone wrecked our truck, our one and only automobile. And…my husband has been real ill, and I cannot afford to repair our home like I need to with no money and no job. It has been one thing after another. Sometimes I wonder if God is testing me. I cannot do anymore than I am doing. I worked my butt off all summer long trying to clean up mother’s yard. I am not as young as I used to be, and I am overloaded being the full time caretaker for my husband. All I can do is pray. I cannot give up hope that soon I will get a job and have some income to take care of my family.
- American Idol’s Mandisa talks 120-lb weight loss and Zumba with Katie Couric (examiner.com)
- Mandisa’s Overcomer (minibigmoments.wordpress.com)
- Overcome (theidolbabbler.wordpress.com)
- Overcomer (agodfashionedlife.com)
- Overcomer (preachthatword.wordpress.com)
Continued from Your Response Matters
Life is not problem free; it is stressful and often knocks us down when we least expect it. The challenge comes in with the way we react once we’ve hit the ground. There should be a difference between the way a believer and a non-believer responds. The one thing we all seem to agree on is calling upon the Lord but we do this for different reasons.
But for the grace of God, I could have been born in one of those God forsaken countries that has communism and the satanic cult of islam, instead of our Christian nation. I don’t believe that it was because I deserved it but because of God’s grace.
I know that I cannot save the world or stop evil from happening, but I do have empathy for the poor people that have to live in that evil. I will do whatever I can to wake up more people to the evils of the satanic cult of islam and communism.
But for the grace of God, I was born into a Christian family that taught us to love each other not rape, torture, maim, or kill each other. I have never been homeless, and never gone hungry.
God has truly blessed me. It reminds me to be grateful to be who I am and to live where I live. It reminds me to be grateful that my ancestors were Christian, hard working, and good people. My ancestors fought and died to keep our country free and safe. Even with all the corruption, communism, and islam infiltrating our country, America is still the best country to live in.
I will help fight to keep America Christian, and Capitalist. God bless all our veteran heroes, past and present. Thank God for my American heroes and veterans.
“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation — some fact of my life — unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.”
For me, serenity began when I learned to distinguish between those things that I could change and those I could not. When I admitted that there were people, places, things, and situations over which I was totally powerless, those things began to lose their power over me. I learned that everyone has the right to make their own mistakes, and learn from them, without my interference, judgement, or assistance!
The key to my serenity is acceptance.
But “acceptance” does not mean that I have to like it, condone it, or even ignore it. What it does mean is I am powerless to do anything about it… and I have to accept that fact.
Nor does it mean that I have to accept “unacceptable behavoir.” Today I have choices. I no longer have to accept abuse in any form. I can choose to walk away, even if it means stepping out into the unknown. I no longer have to fear “change” or the unknown. I can merely accept it as part of the journey.
I spent years trying to change things in my life over which I was powerless, but did not know it. I threatened, scolded, manipulated, coerced, pleaded, begged, pouted, bribed and generally tried everything I could to make the situation better — only watch as things always got progressively worse.
I spent so much time trying to change the things I could not change, it never once occurred to me to simply accept them as they were.
Now when things in my life are not going the way I planned them, or downright bad things happen, I can remind myself that whatever is going on is not happening by accident. There’s a reason for it and it is not always meant for me to know what that reason is.
That change in attitude has been the key to happiness for me. I know I am not the only who has found that serenity.
12 Step Groups
In our Big Book there is a page that reads:
“How Important Is It? How important is it compared to my serenity, my emotional sobriety. And when I place more value on my serenity and sobriety than on anything else, I can maintain them at a higher level–at least for the time being.”~~source: Big Book p. 452
I have learned in recovery not to get too Hungry, too Angry, too Lonely, or too Tired. I was taught the principle of HALT = Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. If I find myself feeling any of those things I am supposed to practice HALT. No, I am not perfect, but I am damn good at it after years of practice. I don’t like pain or chaos, so I make much better choices today.
In order to keep my Serenity, I have learned to apply the Steps to any problem that I could have. Step 1 reads of our powerlessness, Step 2 of a “higher power” (mine happens to be God, but you have the freedom to choose one for yourself), and Step 3 we must make a decision, about alternative courses of action that we can take. We seek solutions to our problem. The twelve steps can be used on any problem that I will ever have. And…searching for solutions keeps me out of me…therefore provides me with more serenity.
There are some things that I am NOT powerless over, and with my recovery I have learned that I have the freedom to choose what course of action that I want to take. Inaction is also a choice. It is choosing to choose “status quo”. With my abusive, unfaithful ex-husband I chose to accept that “he was he”, and I was me”, but I did not have to put up with him. I could not make him change or seek recovery, but I had to do what was best for me and my son.
I know that it was NOT God’s will for me to accept the “unacceptable.”
“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life —unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.”
-pg. 449, Alcoholics Anonymous
- No More Excuses! You Are Responsible For Your Own Life! (texasteapartypatriots.wordpress.com)
- Day 1 : Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff (motivatingria.wordpress.com)
Another Monday, another fantastic Monday 12-step meeting. Here are just a few reasons why it was so great:
- Based on last week's discussion, I believed this was to be a smaller meeting, and, these days, a smaller meeting is 10 people. Last year at this time 10 attendees would have been a dream come true!
- A woman who has recently become a regular attendee announced that next Monday she will be celebrating 26 years in the Fellowship, so I get to have another celebration next week!
...its only small stuff
This book by Richard Carlson was recommended to me by my best friend last year. She went on and on about how enlightening this was and how it changed her outlook. And me being me, thought she was just exaggerating and may be was drunk while reading it.
Well last month, I saw it on discount on a website and bought it and I still regret not buying it any sooner.