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Thoughts About Those Living With Mesothelioma

strength faith survivorSomeone suggested that I write about Mesothelioma, a type of cancer thought to be caused by asbestos.  I thought it would be wise to study the topic first, before writing about it.

I discovered that Mesothelioma is a fast spreading form of cancer usually caused by abestos fibers being inhaled, and then becoming embedded into a person’s lungs, abdomen or heart.  The resulting inflammation causes tumors, producing an aggressive form of cancer that creates a disease causing people to have an average life expectancy of 12 to 21 months.  It is good to report that the prognosis is improving for patients with mesothelioma.

People do not know they have this form of cancer because of it’s long latency period, so that symptoms do not show up for long periods of time.   Malignant mesothelioma would have spread before a person has a diagnosis of mesothelioma.

mesotheliomaPeople may never know they have this disease until they go to a doctor complaining of shortness of breath and chronic coughing.  It is then that their doctor may have an image scan of some form done to help in making a diagnosis of mesothelioma.  Mesothelioma treatment may involve combinations of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or experimental medicine through clinical trials, according to mesothelioma.net.

It is debilitating to find out that someone you love, or yourself, has learned of what could be a serious diagnosis of one’s health, one that appears to indicate a dim future of life and one that is possibly life-threatening.  I have never met anyone who was anxious to face death.  We all have to face death of our bodies at some point in our lives, and facing the prospect of death or of a serious, debilitating illness can be a frightening reality.

Having cancer, or “the C word” as it used to be called, can be a frightening diagnosis.  It feels like the end of the world, a huge obstacle to whether a person lives or dies.  Things were a lot more serious then when it was thought that cancer kills and there is no hope of survival.

We know that that’s not true today, with many finding alternate or medical cures, to help them fight their battles and treatments of cancer which change over time, giving people hope of survival and beating this terrible disease for good.

Alternative medicine

Natural healing advocates may talk about healing cancers by stopping eating sugar along with getting more oxygen into the body’s cells.  As a researcher who is interested in healing the body and mind for myself, I find these alternative treatments to be interesting.

Doctor’s medical training often does not cover alternative healing methods, so patients get only their form of healing.  I do not argue the medical treatments by medical doctor’s today; I do not have enough education, and no medical training to take that on.  I’m sure there are fine, caring doctor’s out there who really want to find cures for aggressive cancers such as mesothelioma but they are limited to the cancer research and their medical training, and what insurance allows them to do as far as treatment.

I think it wise that a patient of mesothelioma learn about their form of cancer, and also research the alternative treatments found around the world in order to choose what they want to be treated with, how and what the research shows.

Today’s psychology

familycomfortThere are many ways that psychology today can help alleviate the distress caused by having a serious illness to contend with.  We can find help and support through counseling, or through caring friends and family.  When we are suffering it is vital that we don’t go through our fears alone and that we find hope, happiness and fulfillment while we fight whatever physical battles we face.

For the ultimate hope, many people look to spiritual guidance and a faith in something greater than themselves for times when they are faced with overwhelming challenges.  Studies have shown that having a faith in something greater than oneself can help people calm their anxiety.  Prayer has helped people, praying to a higher diety, or to the unknown.  It all seems to help with the anxiety and depression people feel when they are someone they care about has become very ill.  The warmth found in a mother’s arms, such as for a small child, calms the person and lets the strength and caring of another person carry them, until they find strength to move on.  Love, care and compassion work wonders to help a person move forward in dealing with disease.

Prayers being prayed by people for those who are ill also may help, according to reports of studies being performed about prayer.  The relaxation involked by prayer or medidation calms the body so that the body can heal, according to a Harvard scientist.

My Christian viewpoint

As I Christian, I have a particular perspective about illness and health where I rely upon the bible for information.  If I were ill, I would look to Christ and the bible for comfort and guidance.  I am also a cessationist, a Christian who believes that the miraculous “gifts” given to the Apostles to start the early church were given, so that they could preach God’s message and be validated by the miracles they performed.  I do not believe people today have miraculous, healing gifts, and I cringe when I watch supposed “miracle healers” online.

Christ-comforterFeeling a loss of control over their bodies and minds, even, places great anxiety, fear and depression on some, but for those who are sure of Christ, they can be even comforted, once the initial shock over their sudden and great distress is realized.

The bible is full of teaching about healing.  A verse that comes to mind, Proverbs 4:20-22 says;

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.

This verse in and of itself should cause hope to someone suffering from a debilitating disease.  I realize that not everyone is a Christian but saying something encouraging to someone who is sick can help.

A broad span of issues can cause disease, from having evil in one’s life, known as “sin” in the Christian world, or biological issues.  Let me be clear, there is enough sin going around in people today that sin is not limited nor is necessarily the reason, that someone becomes sick.  Please don’t feel that you or someone you love has become seriously ill because of their sin; we are all sinners, and someone’s illness can be spread by someone else or caused by the food we ingest or other environmental factors that can poison systems of the body.  Many things can cause illness in the body, including mental illness, in my belief.

I’m not a doctor, but writing about cancer, and cancer that is thought to be caused by abestos, called “Mesothelioma”, causes me to explain this.  I want to head off some of the false beliefs, and false doctrines, that people who are suffering from serious diseases can fall victim to, and save some time from going down that road.  However, there are things that people can do to help them heal in the world today, which may be options, or compatible treatments to the biomedical world of treatment today.

Heretics and healing

Many people find false healers, putting their hopes in these heretical actors, find they are let down when they are not healed or ignored in some back room.  They are kept out of sight of a large congregation where people are fooled, giving money and praise to these disasterous meetings.  In one of my blog posts I delve more into false teaching.

Also to be considered by any Christian so that they are not fooled, is the knowledge that satan, and his demonic dominion, may also have healing, supernatural powers.  People practicing sorcery may use magic which draws upon the occult of demonic warfare.  Stories of magicians using sorcery can be found in the bible, such as Simon, and Bar-Jesus.

2 Thessalonians reads;

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

And in Revelation 13:11-14, we read;

11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Demons actually were angels thrown out of heaven and now dominate the earth, forming weapons against people considering believing in Christ Jesus.  They attack primarily the mind and can confuse a person to be angry at the Lord Jesus Christ, not understanding what Christ did for us.  A person can be helped by the spiritual world, be it bad spirit powers, or being of God’s power.

Preachers such as Benny Hinn who has been seen as the heretic that he is, with scenes in the background described by people who attended those meetings, where sick people await to be healed are kept waiting in the back room never to go on stage.  Those people are never healed and are left with a crushing realization that miracle healer Benny Hinn is not going to heal them.  I would propose that many of the word of faith preachers out there have been sufficiently exposed by YouTuber’s, bloggers and others who have been victimized by the same false preachers, and share how they know that this is false teaching of the bible.

If you are familiar with the teaching of Justin Peters who teaches about word of faith and other false teachings and how they exploit people, you might hear him share about how he wanted to be healed of Cerebral Palsy and attended Benny Hinn’s miraculous healing meetings as well as those of Ken Copeland and Jesse Duplantis.  Justin Peters did say that he believes now that his full healing will happen when he is given his glorified body, that it will not take place “on this side of heaven”.  I tend to believe this.  Jesus used signs to prove he was the son of God, and even when he performed many miracles, people still did not believe him.

It is heartbreaking when people want God to heal them so desperately, and they usually are not healed miraculously and immediately, like how the Apostles healed in the early church.  Many know that after studying the teachings of Justin Peters and John MacArthur, for example, that heretics are interested only in money, living lavish lifestyles that Jesus did not teach Christians to do.  It is not the message of the bible, nor is the message of the bible about false healing.

The message of the bible is about how Christ died on the cross for our sins, was raised up after the third day, and pain the price for man’s sinful natures.  He is alive and interceding on our behalves, seated at the right hand of the Father.  If you are a Christian, you should know this is the message of the bible.  We are forgiven and saved from an eternity of punishment.

I must say here that Christ can perform miracles any time he wants to.  As a cessationist I do not have a belief that Christ is no longer able to perform miracles.  He is the Son of God, and he can certainly heal people if he wishes.  We do not limit the capacity of God, which is very misunderstood and misreported by many who cast stones at the Bereans who study and learn from the bible, as opposed to believing and practicing whatever is preached these days.

Summary

love researchBefore one falls into a black void with the prospect of possibly not surviving mesothelioma, they should get busy researching what is out there that may be of help to their health.  We all could be faced with serious, debilitating illnesses and possibly some of you already have, but before one falls into fear thinking they could never survive the news of their facing a serious medical illness such as mesothelioma, a few things should be done.  Seeking comfort of friends and family and becoming open to the available information that is out there that could help support the healing process are the things I would do in the face of this terrible disease called mesothelioma.  I would not give up seeking what could be done to treat my illness and become healthy, no matter what the prospects are said to be concerning my survival rate.

Another thing I would do is find comfort in practicing my form of faith.  For you it might be meditation or seeking some form of religious practice that can help calm your fears and anxiety, depression and all other emotional reactions and responses to having a diagnosis of mesothelioma.

There is pain and fear in knowing that someone you love is suffering from some disease that they feel no control over, adding to the confusion of questioning why this has happened to them, but the way through these things may be an opportunity to look to Jesus, who is full of compassion, love and comfort.

Even while people survive mesothelioma to live long lives, it is still good to know that  there is a loving God in Jesus Christ who can heal, comfort and provide compassion at any stage or situation in life.  Many have found Christ, but others have learned the wrong things in the bible, so have sadly rejected Christ.  But in Christ there is hope of living a better life after we die, which we all most probably will have to face, and reach a place of knowing He is waiting patiently for us with open arms.

The knowledge that Christ awaits the children of God to join him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus can bring joy to someone suffering, and the Holy Spirit joins with Christ’s joy in bringing God’s children home.  We are not alone.

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They Hear Not

People are seriously over-board.

I went to a site where I post other material and got the comment that I have been “randomly deciding which christian sect is right”, and that “I chose my religion because it is the thing” and “it is from where you were born that you choose Christianity, not from divine powers” …  Whew, these comments show me that there are some sick people out there needing God.

Even if I had a rational answer for this guy, he would not understand what I am saying because he is not a believer in Christ.

Our religion is foolish to other people; as the bible says;

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:18

It is not even worth explaining to a person who has no ears to hear.

Beware if you are trying to share your faith, because faith falls on deaf ears if they are not genuinely seeking, or do not have the Holy Spirit.

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Unbelievers Need God’s Grace Before Time Runs Out: Gaining Understanding Of The Spiritual World

angel-2693196_640I want to warn you that I think we are all being extra-challenged by Satan’s demonic world at this time, with all the world’s disturbances, people’s inability to handle their emotions, and the outpouring of rage we are seeing in everyday events.

 Warning: we have a lot of aggression in the world right now, may be Satan’s limiting the emotional functioning of people.

I remember the days when you said, “s’cuse me, can I get by you?” would render a person overly apologetic; it seems we all did it, were so very polite, apologizing for being in the way of someone, not knowing, and really not at the fault of anyone, but it was polite and very automatic when we said, “sorry”.  Remember?

Nowadays we hear the four-letter language telling us we have to “f” off and “get out of the way B#tch!”, and an almost sudden explosion of anger perpetrated upon us if we didn’t bow down to their dominion right away.  They are never wrong, their anger seems justified to their limited emotions, a sidelined emotional spectrum that doesn’t have more speeds than one; that of anger.

 Oppressive spirits use people to harm me, in my opinion.

A few years ago a friend gave me a book with a title relating to demonic spiritual strongholds, and the prayers I might say to cast the demons off me and to stay away.  It was helpful, at the time, but I have since decided that I am not God so that I have Him available to cast them down for me; to protect me, to say for me what they will hear and pay attention to, instead of my saying they have no dominion over me.  I just tell them that I now belong to Jesus Christ, so they have no power over me unless Jesus allows it.  

It may be more for my benefit that I say this, in order to help me grow my faith.  I think Jesus wants us to know what he says to us and to help us become more clear on what he is saying.  My strength grows stronger as I talk to the Lord out loud, and read the bible out loud.  I feel this helps me build my strength in the Lord as well.

 My insights as I grow stronger in the Lord.

I don’t understand the spiritual, any more than what’s in the bible.  I know that now the psychiatric world has begun exploring whether demons are real, or whether they are a manifestation of someone’s false belief for reasons why they have so much trouble psychologically with hearing voices, experiencing spiritual occurrences which can’t be explained, but I sympathize with these people, profoundly.  I am one that believes that spirits are real, not to scare you off, but to present another view of false teaching in the medical community.  We know there are lots of problems there, just in the treatments they use, and in the natural remedies they ignore.  They promote taking pharmaceutical drugs, and in the case of those who may have a psychiatric diagnosis, they are often presumed to be mentally ill and put on drugs.

I feel they have fallen short of learning about the world, and the truth of Jesus Christ.  Patients and doctors alike have no understanding of how real spirits are.  There are ministering angels that are of God, they are good, they are sent out to protect and inform people.  Then there are the fallen angels who like to harm people making them think they are mentally ill, and in some cases they are deluded into thinking that someone is talking to them from a distance using microwave weapons.  I left that line of thought years ago, and it is my belief that the Lord Jesus Christ never wanted me to return to that line of thought again.

Those people are taken over with the thought that there are electromagnetic weapons that are harming them, some call this “electronic harassment” or torture, but the truth may be that the devil is making them think this way, that mankind is shooting weapons to harm a segment of the population, across the U.S. and around the world.  This may be true, yet the better answer might be that whatever weapons man uses on people to harm them, it is from Satan that they do these things.  Satan inhabits people as we read in the bible, and since they are from Satan, they want to harm people.  That’s what Satan is set to do; harm people so they never will come to Christ; nor call upon Him to solve their problems.

I for one have experienced these problems in my walk in life, and I am very grateful to know that I am one of the Lord’s believers and have God on my side.  I think that since I believed, I have become much more healthy and strong, so that I know what is happening to my life more.  Instead of it seeming to be an exercise of pointless, random, problems I’ve faced, it seems to be an exercise of gaining strength in the Lord Jesus Christ and gaining ground in what I am learning.  I have God on my side to help me be strong against the people who have harmed me and I can grow righteously – obeying God – in these times, no matter what people do.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. ~ Proverbs 18:10

I would help those in need if I had the chance.  At this point all I can do to help those with needs is to tell them to tell Jesus Christ, as their Savior, who has all the real answers for their lives, about their struggles.  He will help them.  He would save them, if they turn to him, asking in a pure heart as best as they can, to be their Savior.  The rest is easy, he begins showing them who He is, how He has love for them, and wants to save them for all eternity.  It grows, having a working relationship with God has been my experience.

Testing the spirits becomes a casual exercise, because the Holy Spirit teaches what to expect.  By that I mean, at least for me, that I can know beforehand what person is going to cause me hardship.  Is it a personality type?  I don’t know but I seem to have acquired a spiritual discernment that tells me what I need to know about a person.  Do I think they are straight-across honest?  Are they unstable?  Can they turn on me on a dime?  Do they seem wholesomely honest with me and seem to have a conscience?  Or do they have a fake demeanor, that is shallow in nature?  I can see this a mile away.  I am almost 100% right – not that I am perfect – buy my radar tells me is there is something wrong with a person I talk to.  What are the depths of their truths?  How well meaning are they?  Are they a good judge of people, and does it matter to them?

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. ~ 1 John 4:1

I have my own walk with Jesus, my own devastated life which I have experienced for years.  I have much that has happened to me that I usually do not share.  It was one, big nightmare for me until I learned that Christ helps us.

 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. ~ James 1:12

Waiting for me is God, the Lord Jesus Christ on the day that I die.  That, or get taken up if the rapture occurs before that, but I have now a constant friend I can call upon who helps me, challenges me to think about life, and has me in the palm of his hand.  I am Christ’s and I can never be lost.  I am not willing to nor will I ever want to go back to living for Satan.  He seeks to kill, steal and destroy and is a roaring lion waiting for those he can devour.

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The World Goes Berserk In Satan’s Hands

spooky-2580619_1280I was dumbfounded when I went to the laundry mat yesterday and a man literally blew up at me for not “being patient” after I had given him several minutes to move away from the dryer where I was wanting to remove my dry clothes from the dryer.  He stood right in front of my dryer, and at first, noticing this, I walked over to the front desk lady and asked her for the bathroom code, thinking that after I came back from the restroom, the man in front of the dryer I was waiting for would have had the time to move and allow me room to get my clothes.

He stood there, his back was to me, not moving or seeming to be doing much of anything, so I politely said, “Excuse me, can I get my clothes out of this dryer?”  He did not respond and I was not sure that he heard me, and I was not sure why he did not respond at all since I was sure he could have heard me.  So I repeated my question, and gently tapped the dryer so that he would know I was standing right behind him wanting into the dryer.  But instead of acknowledging me and saying, “Oh sorry, yeah sure, let me get out of your way” or something normal, he blew up at me instead, escalating into calling me the “b” word, (which excuse me, but I repeated back to him, not wanting to be a victim), and he was coming completely unstuck in a raving, lunatic stream of lecturing me and telling me I needed to “wait 2 seconds” and “be patient” which he was a good example of, being patient.

Well this went on for 30 seconds and he suddenly acted like he might attack me physically by twisting his body in a rageful manner as if to stack a step toward me, after which I backed away, taking my laundry in the basket on wheels and rolling away to load up my laundry in my clean laundry bags to leave the laundry mat.  He kept on yelling about the injustice to the laundry lady, and she quieted him and said, “I’m sorry”, in a compassionate tone.  I had already become quiet, ignoring his mad outburst.

 Describing how the man at the laundry mat sounded so berserk.

I believe that being in the end times, we are facing the fierceness of Satan’s devils making the human race seem unquestioningly demonic.  There is so much discord in the world with the Democrats being so against what our United States stands for and was founded upon: Christian liberty, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and our form of government being a republic, and not a direct democracy, but some may argue that is is a representative democracy.  We live in a wonderful country, and are strong.  There is no other country like the U.S.  

I have, for many years, probably for my whole life, been the subject of a tyrannous spiritual warfare, which is described in the bible, and how people have been inhabited, causing them to have violent, bizarre behavior. These beings are real if you are a believer like me.  I believe the whole bible, not just some things, but God is real and so is His Kingdom.  He creates what he chooses and he created the angels that were thrown out of heaven, led by Lucifer, the angels who followed him known as demons, or unclean spirits.  They went against God, and now inhabit the earthy sphere, causing great harm to humans, who may have a chance in knowing Christ, and not abiding in the will of the devil.  Our strength as Christians against these devils come through Christ Jesus, alone. 

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. ~ Revelation 12:4

Most of my life has been cut off and oppressed, because Satan is who I was raised with in my family.  We all were never believers, not even my mother who was raised as a Methodist, but it seemed to be only “recreational Methodism”, in my mind.  She gave up her belief in Jesus after marrying my dad, who was a hard-core atheist.  He dictated how we were raised, without God.

So my life had a blend of Methodism, through relatives, on my mothers side of the family.  I never knew them well.  My father’s side were Roman Catholics, and many Christians believe they are not true Christians in their doctrine and theology.  They pray to Mary and other saints, for instance, and may read their own bible, which does not say to have a relationship with Christ, or is it the Priest’s who tell them they may not have direct contact with Christ?  They are not Christians in my belief, they are just pagans taking the time to listen to some Luciferian Priest speak in a foreign language, maybe Latin, acting like they are the only way you can have Jesus in your lives.  

Jesus is for all people who choose to come to him, as we say.  It really means who will get to know him from reading the bible (I suggest the King James Version because the other versions have changed, or left out, certain verses and changed the meaning in the text), and who will pray to him, believe on him (as I’ve heard it said), and come to know Him.  He will come to know you if you are really trying to get to know Him, and sticking with it is the best advice I have on this.  When you are first starting out in believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, believe in your heart and ask Him where you go next in your beginning faith.

I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. ~ Jeremiah 17:10   

The man in the laundry mat, for instance, could have used the calmness and strength of Jesus, in order to help him control his anger, and see the error of his ways.  I have seen this in my own life; that I felt peace where there had been anger in the past.

You can have a nice life in the life of Christ if you recognize the importance of the peace He can give you to get through the day in all your trials and tribulations.  It is like a training camp for what we are facing now through the end until we are raised up to meet Him in the sky.  This is the time of the rapture when all good Christians will be lifted up in the spirit to meet our Savior face-to-face in the air.  He will be waiting with open arms.      

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God: Ready, Willing. False Doctrine Be Damned.

I really am angry at preachers who are falsely teaching the schools of thought leading to  the “seeker sensitive, new-apostolic reformation, prosperity gospel, divine healing” and even the “fourth wave” Christianity.  I was caught in one of those being new to the faith, seeking the Lord Jesus Christ, and not knowing what to do to “find” him.  I tried speaking in tongues until one night I actually did at home in my apartment there in Vacaville, California.  What I didn’t know is that I was being taught the false doctrine of the devil, who might have begun to target me years before, for accepting people’s reciting The Lord’s Prayer, at the end of some 12-step recovery meetings I attended.

Rewind back to about year 1986, I can remember, I had given birth to my daughter but had attended many a meeting for being married to an alcoholic.  I was raised to be an atheist, my father had been an alcoholic, and I married and alcoholic.  Seems the norm for many of us who were raised in that kind of family.

Then when I had attended Al-Anon meetings, branched out into several other recovery meetings and groups where they said that we could “have a god of our own understanding”, I became open to the possibility of God being Jesus Christ.  I guess you could say I became very tolerant of those people, saying The Lord’s Prayer myself at the end of those meetings.

Going to church in that false-doctrine, “full gospel” church that was so misleading, I think that Satan got his way when I fell down on my face, in a manner of speaking, learning the wrong doctrine and thinking I was “speaking in tongues”.  But it was all gibberish with no understanding on my part – or God’s.  He must have been truly upset to see a lady seeking Him speaking gibberish, then for years after that, being tormented by demons of the devil.  I am so mad at the false doctrines of mega-church pastors, not letting people really come to know God, but getting in the way of the people God reached out to in order that they respond and want to know him, so that they can lead lives with God’s strength, kindness and courage he gives that we are not capable of, of ourselves.  

He is real and true, and I was mislead, but Jesus has called out to me in a way I can answer.  He never let go of my life but kept me in his hands.  I have found God today and talk to Him regularly, knowing my strength comes from him; my bravery to stand up to the tyranny of people who try to stand in my way and stop me from whatever I am doing.

The annoyances of creeps who want to hurt me at work is one way I know satan uses people to come at me, but I win in this due to God’s helping me to understand; He is real, and is the One True God.

False-doctrine, be damned.

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A Fake Jesus Shows Himself To Be Psychotic In Nature: What Blasphemy!

ghost-156969_1280I’m a little worried about all the people I know who are misled into thinking that Jesus appears as a “cloud of smoke”, or that Jesus’ joy consists of “laughing for hours” because his joy is so strong and other “manifestations” that people report about being special to God, being of God and having that “anointing” that is so strong and powerful that they become spokesmen for a certain church or belief.

And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (Luke 16:31)

I wonder at how long the Lord will contain Himself, watching these ministers who spout miraculous healings, or Words of God that they receive, speaking in tongues all over the place, even teaching their flocks to “speak in tongues”?  My grief is that so many people will follow these preachers, not reading their bibles, and walking with Christ, but walking after these “signs and wonders preachers”, instead?

Won’t people be grieved to find they are not “known by God”, they have been too naive and trusting, to be led by preachers that have to have “signs and wonders” at their churches in order to prove that the Lord Jesus Christ is there?  Who do we follow, man or God?

My experiences in various false Divinity Schools has shown me that these “signs and wonders” teachers turn into leaders into the “miraculous”, that they are not followers of Christ, but of man.  Every “miracle” is not necessarily of God.  We are going down a slippery slope to believe that every “impartation, vision or sign” is automatically that of God.  Satan is a deceiver, who will lead people away from believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.  

Who needs signs and wonders to believe?  Why is it that they must preach in signs and wonders in order to prove faith?

Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. (John 4:48)

Who today supplants their faith with the need to see, or experience, signs and wonders? Faith is believing, sight unseen.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

I recall someone saying, the Jews needed signs and the Greeks needed logic.  How about blind faith?  You hear the word of God, and you believe?

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  (Romans 10:17)

People are too young in the Lord to really believe Him, without resorting to “proofs”.  Keep with your faith, do not be side-tracked into thinking that Jesus will perform special magic tricks to prove you believe. 

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We cannot be turned from the truth about God, we must hold true to the bible and our faith.  God doesn’t need to show Himself in weird phenomena, He gave us his Word and that is enough.  We cannot let false teaching invade the church.  I offer a link to a message about seducing spirits by  John MacArthur.

The problem is, these false preachers lead people away from Jesus, to follow them.  They amass quite a following.

I must say it is a mental phenomena, to me, that so many would want a following so badly that they would look for signs and wonders to invade their churches, just so they can excite or impress people, grow their “flock” and maybe become famous.  

Look how many preachers seem to enjoy getting that special Word from God, thinking they are more special than others, so that they get that special message from God, and decree that you will have this or that.  I am tired of the showmanship where it is no longer about God, but about them.  These men and women of God who practice “little god” doctrines, who want all eyes to be on them, but not on the Lord Jesus Christ.  They play at being a “god”, because they want all the adulation, are self-seeking, ego-seeking and not of God.

I ask, who played at being a god, but was thrown out of heaven?

For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible.  (Matthew 24:24)

I’m watching a disturbing video about how people are led to believe that Jesus is, and what he does with people.  It is very disturbing, talking about the Jesus Culture, in this particular video.  People shake, laugh for hours, see smoke in the air, and they call this a manifestation of Jesus.  They are looking for “an experience with God”, and sadly they are being misled.  They are not discerning the true Spirit of God.

Part 2: Jesus Culture – a Call for Discernment, Are you sure it’s your Jesus?

I was once part of this popular culture of spirits, of demons, really, which are the seducing spirits God talks about.  Spirits that led me to believe that I was being “slain in the spirit” for some strange reason.  Talking in tongues of gibberish, meaning nothing, not knowing I did not have to “hide” my prayers in “my prayer language”, so that Satan wold not understand what I was saying.  My prayers are heard and understood by God.  I do not need a special “prayer language” so that God knows secretly, what I am praying, so maybe this will protect my prayers from being understood by Satan.  Is Satan a threat to the Lord Jesus Christ?

All I can say is, wow.  I didn’t know we had such an unmighty, unvictorious Savior, like Christ who was raised from the dead, came back to walk the earth, and then ascend up into Heaven where he sits at the right hand of the Father.  Do I need to hide my prayers for God to be safe enough to understand them so that Satan will not hear?  When did Jesus overcome Satan, then?  Was it not the truth that Jesus has already been victorious over death, and that after a time, Satan will be no more on earth?

But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:9b-10)

Looking back, I see with great sadness how people want “the experience”, and, like a drug seeker who wants that “high”, and an altered state of experience, they are still seeking the seducer who calls them back, to relive that “special encounter” they are having with (a) god.  It is not Jesus.  It has become the broad highway, going in the opposite direction of the straight and narrow path that few will follow.  Who are you following?

I have more to say about my studying, and becoming an “ordained minister” in a few of these places, which I do not aspire to use ever in my life.  I reject the counter-culture I see in various churches I have attended, schools I have graduated from as well as churches I have attended.  I reject this “touchy-feely”, “unity spiritual” and “encounter groups” I have been a witness to, unfortunately.  I have seen the truth through the eyes of Christ by reading my bible every day, and leaning on Him to teach me through the Holy Spirit’s opening my eyes while I read and study His Word.  I am hoping you do, too.     

Christianity · Faith · Jesus Christ

Walking With God

20150422_140415Sometimes it seems I do my greatest thinking while I’m driving my car.  I often talk out loud as I’m thinking, asking the Lord Jesus Christ about what to do in any situation.  It seems to spur me to think about my life’s priorities, and then if I don’t figure out a way to record my thoughts like jotting a note, I will forget what I said and the clear as a bell insight I get when I’m saying it to the Lord.

Today I figured out how to position my cell phone on the cell phone cradle that’s attached to the fan and heater vents in my car, turn on the voice recorder, and start talking.

Here’s the recordings about the people I care about who don’t know God, and my feelings about them.  I am concerned about how many people on the earth do not know Jesus.

No one else can find Jesus for us, we each have to make this decision to get to know Him, reaching out to Him sincerely, asking to know Him.  No one else can believe for us, we have to walk with Him, ourselves.  That may be a scary thought to some, but really, He makes it very easy and I am so glad I made the decision to find Jesus, for myself.

Here’s one that is short, and an audio while I was driving:

Today in the library as I’m typing this blog post, I was surrounded by people of other cultures; muslim, with the head covering to my right, and to my left, the sari of an East Indian woman.

How could God create all these cultures, but they do not know Him?  It begs the question of whether I should just start talking about how I blog about Jesus so they know someone cares, or whether that will scare them away.  Interesting concept, but it would bring these people closer together.  I did not say anything to either of them, but smiled in a friendly way while typing on my blog.  This is interesting to me now that I think we are in the End Times, so close to the Lord’s returning for His people, His “elect”.

How would you react?  Would you start sharing Jesus with total strangers at the library, or just feel guilty that you said nothing?  After all, if I’m so concerned about how many people don’t know Jesus, why aren’t I taking action publically?  I guess this is the Holy Spirit’s conviction in my heart, but I still feel that if people aren’t ready and are not asking about Him, they will not respond in a way that they will keep reaching for Him, so that they will be saved.