Sowing God’s Word: Discipleship

good-friday-3243347_640I remember reading the bible years ago, before I became a Christian, in my attempt to seek Him.  Like many, I was enduring terrible times and had come to the end of any possible answers and help out there in the secular world.

Today I’m reading Matthew 13:18-23 in a section called, “The Parable of the Sower Explained”.

Many of my friends I’m sure have had this experience where they read from God’s Word and don’t understand what they’ve read.  The meaning isn’t clear, they have no desire to attend bible studies for many reasons – maybe they are too deep into their crisis to be able to – but for some reason their reading of the bible just doesn’t “stick”.  It gets carried away by the evil one.

Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown along the path. – Matthew 13:18

The Words of God do not penetrate the souls of these people who had tried to find God but were in a state where they could not concentrate, were in a tailspin, and had no one who really sat down with them and made sure they were reading the bible every day and checking on them, as well as their understanding of what they read.

In my case, I would have liked someone to take me under their wing and mentor me to truly understand what I was reading, to not let me fade away in the midst of my crisis.  Being new to attending church back then, I might have done better if I’d had someone to pray for me regularly.

Today I am starting to pray for my readers and the people I come across – and make a promise to God that I will continue to do so.  If you post a comment on my blog, or “like” my blog I will be praying for you.  Those who want to join me in this, let me know.  Maybe I can start a group where we pray and help those new to God’s Word understand more.  This is important, I think, in these times of trouble in the U.S., and in our world.

Counseling Psychology Falls Short In Addressing Issues Relating To Frequency Weapons: TI’s Suffer Needlessly And Are Given Thoughtless And Meager Help

sound-495859__340While I attending counseling psychology school and then working on a Ph.D. in psychology, I never heard of the weapons I have offered as a few examples below.  These only scratch the surface of weapons technology that I have studied in year’s past.  They are old and outdated even.  But all counselors should know about these since there are more people who have reported health deterioration, and having psychiatric issues, that they attribute to “hearing voices”, or “being targeted” by “perps” that use some of these frequency waves to harm them.

If counselors have never studied these weapons, how can they provide assistance to someone who is really ailing in their suffering by what they believe to be targeting by frequency waves that cannot be seen?  Would a counselor know what to do?  What if some of the things these people are saying are, in fact, true, and they’ve been discounted for years by their psychiatric treatment, or their counselors that they rely on to help them?

Microwave hearing and radio frequency waves were not subjects covered in the curriculum during the late 1990’s when I attended school.  

Since many of the people I have talked to along my travels have often told me about such weapons, I didn’t have time to study them, beyond creating a website that I started which had research articles about bio-weapons in the event that I had to know something about what may have been happening to people, including myself.

In fact, I was concerned enough about my own health that I founded a 501(c)3 non-profit many years ago, in the state of Ohio that revolved around research, support and understanding about what might be happening to these people around the world.

My purpose here on this page is to bring to people’s attention to the fact of those many thousands, possibly, or even more if you look at the U.S. alone,  who have said they were “under attack” by “perps” and having difficulty thinking, sleeping, concentrating, focusing, keeping calm, or being believed, were not entirely out of the minds.  It may be that the field of mental health knows nothing about these technologies or weapons, and are unable to explore these, or hold a normal conversation with someone who thinks they may be “targeted” by such technologies.

I give you examples of frequency wave abstracts and articles that I could easily find online within minutes, below.

As a former mental health clinician who has migrated over to the Christian biblical counseling perspective of human psychology, I have to ask why counseling, whether secular or Christian, has not looked enough at weapons of this type to enhance their treatments, support and healing of clients who talk to them about this issue?

1.   The Voice of God Weapon Returns

“…a device that would operate at a distance and would deliver a message that only a single person could hear.”

by Sharon Weinberger (12/21/2007).

2.   Long Range Acoustic Device

“LRAD systems are used for long range communications in a variety of applications”…

Wikipedia (1/13/2019).

3.   Hearing of microwave pulses by humans and animals: effects, mechanism, and thresholds.

“The hearing apparatus commonly responds to airborne or bone-conducted acoustic or sound pressure waves in the audible frequency range.”

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL 60607-7053, USA. lin@uic.edu (6/2007).

4.  Auditory response to pulsed radiofrequency energy.

“The human auditory response to pulses of radiofrequency (RF) energy, commonly called RF hearing, is a well established phenomenon.” 

Motorola Florida Research Laboratories, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33322, USA. joe.elder@motorola.com (2003).

5.  Ocular effects of radiofrequency energy.

“Radiofrequency (RF) energy has been reported to cause a variety of ocular effects, primarily cataracts but also effects on the retina, cornea, and other ocular systems.” 

Motorola Florida Research Laboratories, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33322, USA.Joe.Elder@motorola.com (2003).

6.  5G and new wireless technologies, what does this mean for radio frequency exposure?

“As with all wireless technologies radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) are used to provide the connectivity.”

Jack Rowley, Senior Director Research & Sustainability, GSMA (10/5/2017).

7.  Pentagon report investigated lasers that put voices in your head

‘”microwave hearing” – sounds that may include buzzing, ticking, hissing, or knocking that originate within the head.”

Lisa Zyga (2/18/208).

Regeneration Of The Spirit

three crossesYesterday I was writing more about the Christian counseling topic and why I want to study, and practice, biblical counseling rather than secular counseling any longer.  I have made my choice and I’m standing by my decision.

I want the Holy Spirit indwelt in me to come forward to guide my relationship with whoever I may find myself supporting as their “counselor”.  

Today in my bible reading of Matthew 12: 43-46 about the returning on an unclean spirit, I studied the notes I found for these passages on the bottom of the page which gave answer to many of my questions about counseling with the Spirit of God in charge as opposed to counseling by someone who is not being led by God.

Those passages refer to an “unclean spirit” that leave a person, seeking rest in waterless places but finds none.  This realization that there are “unclean spirits” that inhabit man should cause one pause for thought.

Who is the counselor who is counseling a person who seeks them to guide them to find relief, comfort and guidance?  

The passage goes on to talk about the spirit returning to clean, swept house that has been put in order.  Do you think secular counseling can help one find their way for a time?  How long lasting will it be before another problem springs up in their lives?

Seven more evil spirits return along with the first one to the person’s “house”, meaning to me at least, their bodies and minds.

Do you want an unclean spirit returning with seven more of their evil friends?

The notes at the bottom of the page says:

“The problem is that the evil spirit found the house “empty” (v.44).  This is the description of someone who attempts moral reform without ever being indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  Reform apart from regeneration is never effective and eventually reverts back to pre-reform behavior.” – Dr. John MacArthur’s Study Bible

Read the passages for yourself.  Know that when you get counseling from an unbeliever, they may have temporary solutions which may guide one’s behavior, but the real problem is that the person’s spirit is not being “regenerated” by the Holy Spirit.

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. – Titus 3:4-7

Regeneration means that our spirits are being washed and renewed.

…that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. – John 3:6

The Holy Spirit is the spiritual bond we have with the God of life; Jesus Christ, who saves us from sin. 

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. -John 3:6

 

 

 

Quick Notes On Christian Counseling

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     As I try to keep up with my bible course in counseling, I will attempt to share some of the points that I heard when I listened to a portion of the lesson tonight, which take a turn into my own concepts of who God is in the counseling relationship. I share here some of the thoughts I have, because I’ve had the chance to become educated in secular psychology, and formerly worked as a therapist.     
     Helping people with their problems is hard when you don’t have the Lord Jesus Christ to tell you how to counsel and guide people, and how to solve problems that come right out of the bible.
     In counseling using the bible as the main text, we don’t refer to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in an attempt to diagnose people’s mental health according to man’s categorizing symptoms, as this often changes over time and is not found in the bible. In fact, about the basic thing that Jesus finds wrong with people who suffer is their lack of belief in his being the Son of God, but that they have no belief in God, the Trinity, at all. It’s some made-up idea about what God is; such as a man who calls himself “a god”, or some vision they’ve had that tells them they have visited with God or something else, but it is not of the bible.
     God’s Spirit can move in the counselor and the counselee but is not present to be called upon when the people in a counseling relationship are not believers. Even though God can do what he wants among people, counseling requires belief in the bible in order that the participant’s in a counseling situation are able to abide by God’s Word.
     Instead of “tinkering” with people in the attempt to find the best counseling modality as treatment that is based upon man’s creations of taking skills of one person and imposing them on another, or being there to listen and care; which, however well-meaning, cannot get to the crux of the problem to cure, unless the people involved in a counseling relationship are believer’s in Christ Jesus.
     True believers understand that they, too, are sinners, and that sin caused the fall of mankind’s nature. There’s no way around it. As sinners we rely on Christ who gave us life, because without his death on the cross and being risen again, we have no promise of hope and of healing, that full healing may not come until after we are given glorified bodies, as Justin Peters has said. We do, however, live for eternity as long as we are with Christ — the other alternative is to live forever across a great divide without Jesus Christ, in eternal punishment that one can never escape from. You either live for Christ, through Christ, or you live for eternal damnation.
     Jesus became one of us, he became flesh and became involved with us. He wept over people’s unbelief; Paul also wept over the unbelieving spiritual condition of people. Discipleship is the shepherding of people and deeply caring about their souls, that they find Christ who can help them in their troubles.
     As counselors we must assume the best until proven otherwise, and we must be honest with counselees that we are sinners just as they are. True Christians in the role of counselors will provide pastoral counseling and bring from the Word of God whatever is appropriate. It is not built around man’s creating categories, symptoms or medications to be prescribed that may not help man in the long run and over the long haul.
     People’s lives are short and we don’t have time to not know or understand that God came to earth in a man’s body and helped people understand who God was. He taught with sincere gentleness and humbleness of mind and heart, and waited for man to learn from him. He was a kind shepard keeping his flock on course; away from harm, shepherding them from spending eternity apart from Him.

Guided By The Holy Spirit

meadow-1I was thinking today about how crazy the world has become, with extreme perspectives that are the antitheses of what one would have called “normal” 20 years ago.  The world has changed, and what a cesspool it has become.

With those having so much power wanting to destroy this country, the arguing, infighting, and competitive spirit in our government officials and in those who want the world to change, to become a “One World Order” and a dominating, “One World Religion”, these are, I think, a sign of the times of prophecy told in the bible.

How does one live in these United States, when starting a business for Christians means decisions are based on our faith, or working for an employer may put us in a position of going against our beliefs?

Take, for example, becoming a school teacher, knowing that the children are taught to accept “gender fluidity”, who may be indoctrinated into thinking they are of the opposite gender than that which they were born to be.  As a school teacher one cannot speak out or teach how this is wrong.

We are muzzled in our faith, threatened by employers and man’s government system who decides for us how taxes will be spent, that as Christians our tax money may go to support abortions or by moving into neighborhoods where Antifa is allowed to rule the streets.  Think of recent news in Portland, Oregon.  

As spirit filled Christians, we have the Spirit of God that resides within us; the Holy Spirit.  Navigating our lives with this knowledge should give us some comfort.  The joy of knowing that we will live for eternity with the Lord Jesus Christ is a great privilege and honor so we must remember whose we are.  We are in the world but not of the world.

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. – Galatians 5:24

We can know that God is real and He is with us.  We can surrender our will to the control of the Holy Spirit.  It is the narrow path that will take us home.  No other way exists, we must submit to God’s Spirit, knowing that He has the only way for us, and to trust in the only person we can truly trust: Jesus Christ.  We belong to Christ and turn to Him to know the way through these evil times we live in.

We have much to be grateful for.  To have a guide and protector in the Holy Spirit who knows the way, a watchful, caring and loving Father who provides for us on a daily basis, we should hold gratitude in our hearts for everything that happens along the way.  We are not alone, God is with us.

Momentary Troubles Are To Be Expected

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wallet-Webp.net-resizeimageThings happen along the way that seem like challenges and barriers to us, even being Christians.

The bible says that the road to the narrow gate is hard.

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. – Matthew 7:13-15 ESV

Tonight when I left work I noticed that my wallet had been stolen out of my large bag I keep under my desk at work.  The bag is too big to lock up in my desk drawer, and since I work with all counselors, I felt leaving my bag pushed under my desk would be safe from anyone stealing my things.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Unfortunately, even counselors cannot be trusted.  I’ve searched my car as well as thought over when I last used my wallet.  I know I came into work with it because I had stopped at the store to buy my lunch.  Trusting the Lord when these things happen is best.  These may be temporary challenges, but we gain our strength from the Lord.

All will be okay.  I will have to replace items in my wallet and will lose some cash.  It’s an inconvenience, but it shows me once again that the world is full of unsaved sinners who are under the rule of Satan.  

It’s the world we live in.  We bring the light to the world.  Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, my friends, He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Prophecy: The Time Is Close

For my brothers and sisters in Christ, I want to share a video with you about the prophecies of God outlined in the bible.

On this Christmas eve, I was watching this video that I think is important for you to share. He is a regular YouTube content creator who watches for the signs of the return of Christ.

This is an encouraging video the calls us to be awake and aware; our time is getting short before the Rapture. He looks at the many disturbing and rapid changes going on in our world, that mark the time for we Christians to share the Word and look up, for our time is nigh.

This video is shared with permission and was created by Watchman on the Wall 88 at https://youtu.be/ANjPUllfxSU

Avoid The Wiles Of The World

Last week while at work I received an email from my company that was exciting in one sense, but such a demonic temptation at the same time. I will not choose to take it’s free offer.

The email was a gift from my company to those who wanted financial assistance to pay off a large portion of whatever it would cost to pay for clinical supervision. As you may know, in order to become licensed, I would have to pay a supervisor by the hour in order to get supervision hours signed off on. Supervisors talk with one about their cases during the week and my company is also providing 15 hours of clinical work toward hours we must accrue that we talk with our clinical supervisors about. In this way we rack of the time needed doing clinical work that supervisors sign off on as proof we’ve earned the hours needed to get the license.

All that is needed after that is passing exams; either oral or oral and written. I’m not sure what Washington state requires since I did not get my schooling here.

I’ve had to turn this gift by our company down. I’m enrolled in a biblical counseling course that will take awhile to complete since I have given up my clinical training in secular psychology. I know it’s the right choice.

I find it truly strange that while I’ve begun my biblical counseling courses, this free gift from my company comes along to tempt me. I would rather follow God, and I urge you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, to also do the right thing, according to our faith and biblical knowledge. Stay away from falling into temptation of worldly ways and following the advice of worldly strangers. Get your guidance and direction from trusted Christians. It is how we are kept safe from the wiles of the world. Remember whose children we are.

Plant The Seed: Let God Do The Rest

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In my notes about biblical counseling in my last class, the instructor talks about the question of how a Christian can counsel unbelievers.  He said that you really can’t counsel unbelievers, because they have a different world view, and they worship the world, and what mankind tells them.

I do know that talking about our problems with a kind, good listener can help the soul, and it really can help us get through a day where we’ve become stressed by life.  However, the root cause of a anyone’s issues is truly found in the soul.  They are saved, or they are not saved.  That makes the difference in counseling by a biblical counselor.

If you go to a spiritual counselor whose soul is not with the “living” souls saved by Christ, you won’t understand a biblical counselor who talks about sin and how it may be a root cause of their troubles.  God can only work so much through the life of a sinner, who is unrepentant, and who is not seeking Christ.  The instructor said, “The mind set on the flesh is dead”.

Instead of counseling unbelievers, Christian counselors provide more evangelizing.  Unbelievers may take it or leave it, but it may have planted a seed they find useful later on down the road.  It is offered, Christ as the solution to their problems.  God changes the heart to cause the inner, personal transformation.

Our souls must be washed, and we must leave lives of sin once we have become saved.  Our viewpoint about what we should do in our problems must become Christ-centered.  An unsaved person will have the opportunity to seek Christ’s counsel in the bible, through prayer, and through the wise counseling of other believers.  They will want to find answers in worldly ways yet not find our Blessed Hope, with the hope for eternity that gives us such joy.  

They might find temporary helps but the nagging knowing that something keeps going wrong in their lives will always dog them, it seems.  In my life it did.

Know the bible well enough to counsel others and let God do the rest.  He may operate in someone’s life to soften their heart – and then they may come to Christ – but what good does it do if he puts a hand out to ask someone if they will accept his Lordship, and they refuse?  They miss the understanding that to get right with the Lord Jesus Christ means to get right in their very souls.

Some say we have been chosen since the beginning of time, that God knew who would be given to Christ as being saved.  As we don’t have the capacity to understand the ways of God I find that very hard to understand – but I’m blessed that I am one.  I truly believe.

 

 

Prayer

While I was reading from Exodus today, a Psalm came to mind.  I know that many of you are suffering and so I thought I would offer some comforting scripture in hopes that it may support you in your feelings for God and His Holy Word.

Our soul waits for the LORD;

he is our help and our shield.

For our heart is glad in him,

because we trust in his holy name.

Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,

even as we hope in you. – Psalm 33:20-22

I also pray that there be peace in the land of Jerusalem today; I pray for our brothers and sisters in Jerusalem, may there be peace in their lives, and in the land.  For all of those who are suffering I pray, let the brokenhearted, poor and suffering be lifted up into the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ who shields them, if they would only call out for His help, generous heart and love.  May you be well today with the love of the Lord in your hearts.