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John MacArthur’s, “For Whom Did Christ Die?” video

I heard a great teaching last night on who Christ died for.  He died for “his elect”, not for the world as has been taught for so long in churchs.  I, myself, had felt confusion because one person says to share the Word with people, and they make a decision to come to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is what I thought was the truth.  Then someone came along to burst my bubble and I learned something new.

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John MacArthur preaches, captured on YouTube at https://youtu.be/TYkkTpcmyAw uploaded by Grace To You. His website is at https://www.gty.org. Screenshot taken by sleboeuf, from his video, entitled, “For Whom Did Christ Die? (Selected Scriptures)” .

Pastor John MacArthur, in his Grace To You video entitled, “For Whom Did Christ Die?(Selected Scriptures)”, explained that God chooses people that Jesus watches over.  We are chosen.  Christ died on the cross for his chosen people’s sins, not everyone’s sins in the whole, wide world!  At about 20 minutes into the video, Pr. MacArthur starts making it clear, that Jesus did not die for the whole world.  Then at approximately 36 minutes, he shares scripture, from the book of John.  This is the one that hit me the hardest:

I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. – John 17:9 

Jesus prays for “them which thou hast given me”, and this seals the deal for me.

John MacArthur goes on to explain how we get our belief from God.  We wouldn’t be capable by our own humanity to believe in the Lord Jesus.  So this tells me that we couldn’t believe on Him, without His gift of belief, of growing our faith, of being the author and finisher of our faith, as it says in Hebrews:

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2

So as a child while I was not told about the Lord Jesus Christ, I had no way of learning about Him, of hearing His name spoken in my household among my family members, so He cannot come to a child’s heart, when the parents don’t want Him in their home.  That is why I couldn’t believe on Him as a young child growing up, and it only was when I was harmed beyond control, that I came to God.  That I felt I needed Him, to stop me from going into a suicidal black darkness in my life.  I had enough faith to go to those 12-Step Recovery meetings, but I had no knowledge of His Word.

One way I can help others find God is to publish my thoughts on how I was conformed to His Word, and late in life, after having an atheist family to grow up in and never having the Words of the Lord Jesus Christ spoken at my home.  I missed a lot and I hope I can help someone understand Jesus better and who He really is.  

Christianity · Inspiration · Jesus Christ

Inspiring Message For You

pink flowersI was driving home one night last week and I felt an overwhelming feeling of gratitude in my heart for the Lord Jesus Christ.  It was at night and I grabbed my microphone I keep handy in my car for times such as this when I feel moved to record something to either keep, and remind myself later to do, or I have something overpowering I need to say and record it.

This was no different, and grabbing my hand-held tape recorder with a microphone that is easy to speak into, I did record something that became words, and more words, growing into a profound few seconds that I cherish.  I knew it had to be from God.  It was a profound sentence to me that hit me at a time that I needed to know God was real, and who was with me that night, a special message to me that gave me inspiration traveling as a Christian through life.  

A life of living far from home, with no one that I really knew, who might care about me living in a van, driving at night to get somewhere who might have an accident, or the car might break down, or anything could happen to me.

Here is it below, click the link, and may you find some inspiration in the short recording of the words I had been given that needed to be expressed to others.  

 

 

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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.  

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Living My Life God’s Way

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Green Lake, Washington. Photo: sleboeuf @ christianview.blog

So many things have been blogged and articles written about money and earning a profit.  A Christian blog might be just about money and how you work with the Lord Jesus Christ in making money, enough to feed a family.

Many people’s lives, especially those of us who grew up as unbelievers, make unexpected turns somewhere along the line and they wind up doing different things in life than they had hoped, or planned for when they were young. Some of us even had no plans at all when we were in our 20’s, and let the wind blow us where it would.

Letting the winds blow us around his not the best plan for life is not the best plans for us; having God in our lives will give us the best chance at having a successful life, if we watch for God and pay attention to go where he wills us.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. – 1 Timothy 6:17


20150422_135908My problem is, now knowing God at this point in my life where I’m a mature adult, I’ve missed the years I would have relied upon the Lord Jesus Christ to direct my path.  My life took many turns I did not want and honestly, were extremely painful, but now at least I have a chance to walk withe the Lord and improve upon life.  I’ve had to cut back and give up on a lot of things; a career as a Mental Health Clinician and moving on to become a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  I did not want to fail at life, only become successful as was the promise of attending college and finishing graduate school, and partially finishing a doctorate degree.

That was the hope at least, what the world taught but yet that did not satisfy my want to be a helpful person, to truly help someone.  I like supporting other people’s dreams, yet I have some of my own that have gone unfulfilled and I’m wanting to do more in life while I have it on this earth.

Many of you have probably contemplated creating your own business and working for yourself, independently.  I can think of no better dream when it comes to earning income. But we have to pay our bills, and making a transition to owning your own business may take some time to work for another company while you plan your business and see it launched and become productive.

In their hearts humans plan their course,  but the LORD establishes their steps. – Proverbs 16: 9

The bible says the Lord determines, or directs, our steps, and that’s the way I plan to go. It’s hard going at the pace I’ve been but I’ve learned to “wait upon the Lord” and He will come to my aid.

I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. – Psalm 40:1 

I’ve got myself into a better position financially, at least, but living in a car or a van is not something I would recommend over the long haul, pun intended.

I’ve got a long way to go, but every day reaching for my goals in life to feel happy about my living situation gives me joy.  I can see the progress and I know that the Lord is involved. My plan is to keep working part-time, then do something I want and enjoy doing for income.

If you’ve got to make room for something new in your life you may have to give up something to make room for whatever the new thing is, such as rehoming a cat or dog which takes time and income away from a new, struggling business venture.  You may have kids or have obligations such as taking care of a spouse.  There is no time to give it thought, taking care of other things so that there is little to no time of making decisions on shaping your life to increase income by owning your own business.  Cutting back on responsibilities can leave time and space to perform new ones.  I have to know what I’m willing to do, and that’s wait on God.

What do I ask God these days?  I have financial difficulties and I’ve lived the gypsy life moving around the country and from job to job, seeking better pay or better people to work with.  A better avenue with God has opened up.  I work for a nice company that’s part-time, giving me enough time to blog.   The hope of building a better life through blogging and other forms of communication gives me great joy, to finally have the life I want.

For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? – Luke 14:28-30 

I believe in my heart that Jesus has said I should use what’s fun and I have the skills to do, and make money off of my writing ability, because I believe that God gave me that strength for a reason.  Owning a company would provide time to think about the Lord Jesus Christ and work with Him on my writing.  

I have thought about the things I think He would need me to say to a dying world.  Who needs to read His Word, maybe who has not read it in several years and wishes take a vow to always follow Jesus, and to reawaken their desire to please God?  And what issues do we face in today’s world?  I think all Islam is a real big issue that has to be addressed.  He’s teaching us, His people, to reach out and then tell the people about God’s love for us in that He offers everlasting life in heaven and with Him, instead of punishment for the rest of time.

As a new Christian, a relatively new one, my guess is that I must wait patiently upon the Lord.

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Green Lake, Washington. Photo: sleboeuf @ christianview.blog

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. – Proverbs 21:5

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.
– Proverbs 16: 9

My priorities are, to seek God first, and serve Him always, no matter if this means I give up all my possessions and follow Him. Isn’t this what the bible says when Jesus told the rich man that he was to sell his possessions, give to the poor, and follow Him?  (Matthew 19:21). If we are to find Jesus we must want to remove all other priorities from our lives, and seek Him first and try the best we can to find Him, daily.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.         – Matthew 6:21

He said that if we seek Him in all earnestness, we shall find His love, and I have from my heart.  

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8

He is here with me now, real, and ever ready that I find Him when I seek and pray in all earnestness, to my savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.  

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Walking Video: More About Why I Don’t Work In Mental Health

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Today I found myself walking in Lake Hills GreenBelt Park, in Bellevue, Washington.  Getting used to my new camcorder, a Kingear, that I was able to buy from donations for this site: thanks, you’re awesome, guys!  

You really help me progress, giving me hope and making me think that people will read my blog in the first place.  I pray for your continued success writing, and in whatever else you do!  

But what I was thinking about in the last several days is how I may use my counseling skills in a new venue, to earn a living in a way I want to, that I feel I am created to do.

Video walking in Lake Hills GreenBelt Park

Of course I am in prayer about this daily and I feel God has led me to create this blog.  Writing has always been a strength and something I’ve liked doing.  My reports as a Mental Health Clinician and Social Worker always got me pats on the back.  Those were what I was given credit for the most and the most consistently.  Some of us are writers, some are talkers, and some paint, some create music or sing with beautiful voices.  We are not created all the same and so finding my way to a life led by God is what I enjoy praying about and seeking.  

Finding our avocation, doing something that suits us and earning a living from it is what I’m very interested in learning about now.  I don’t want to do the work I’ve been doing, that’s for sure.  It’s boring and it does not use my skills.

Why have I gone off my path and for so long?  When did I decide to be worldly, working in a worldly field, depending on mankind to tell me what was right and wrong?  Why let man tell me what I should do for a living to be valuable, or successful in life?  We’re not all made to be accountants, ya know, or doctors, or lawyers, officers of the law, or school teachers.

God is developing me; I know this.  He has a way of letting Himself be known to those who love Him, seeking Him out every day.

So in my video, the link is posted above, I talk with God while discussing with you out loud why I don’t want to work in the Mental Health field any more.  Even with better pay, I don’t feel it’s the right match for me.  I have thought about this before and even created a little video here where I talk about not wanting to go on in working in Mental Health.  I may have said some of the same things, I don’t know – it was months ago.  Where we belong in life is best decided by God, trusting in Him to show us the way.

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. – Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)

Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. – Deuteronomy 15:10 (KJV)

I’ve lived in my car for over four months and I am deciding that God has a plan for me, and I will search for it with all my might every day.

I know He would want me to be happy.

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Musing About The Revelation 12 Sign And My Future


hands-2168901_640There’s something about having been a mental health counselor and wanting to know you’re all right.  “You’re”, meaning yourself, you’re okay mentally, yourself.

What a funny test of character, to know I’m here eating at a homeless kitchen, located at Overlake Church where Joyce Meyers was a speaker a few months ago, here in Redmond, Washington.  I almost typed California.  I must not be doing well.  They have a safe parking car camp here, but it’s only for men.

Tonight they’re having a community meal, and I busted the budget a few weeks ago when I had to buy clothes, shoes, get a hair cut and my nails done to start a job where I am office manager in a software company near here.  I didn’t have enough to buy groceries, and without a kitchen and refrigerator, I have to buy things that are unperishable, or find something to eat where I can store leftovers maybe overnight.  It’s a tough road to hoe, as they say, when you don’t have a refrigerator, oven, stove, bathroom and shower, closet space, office and a desk, all the comforts of home.  I realized I have to drive to get anything I need, leaving me disoriented, unconnected and unable to really focus very well.

While starting a new job all this upset and disconnection of my personal life leaves me frustrated, however I know my God is still watching over me.  After years of upset and aimless wandering, I finally discovered God is real.  I’m very thankful He has been coming to my aid.

I am slowly being released from the devil’s attacks on my life; I was long held captive in a horrible state of mind after leaving California.  It wasn’t that good while I was there.  I never could understand the targeting that went on; why I was being stalked so many times.  Now I know the devil likes to invade a person’s life if they come to Christ but they can’t hang on sufficiently by themself when no one is available to mentor them.  I think it’s so important that we are available and encouraging that people contact us, or we reach out to them regularly to see what they’ve read in the bible and maybe give them some bible reading to do and then check up on them later.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8

I’ve wanted to do a prayer group; get some people on a conference call, or maybe a Skype call.  Introduce people to the bible, and share bible readings with them.  I believe people are strengthened this way and have a better understanding of who God is instead of letting satan mess with their minds, pretending he is god being mad at them.  We can’t let new believers think these things about the Lord Jesus Christ who would welcome them with open arms and not punish them.  People can get confused at first.  I did.  I had to go it alone yet I knew that the Holy Spirit would guide me, reach me, and bring me back to the love of Christ.

My heart gets lifted when I think about Him, how Jesus died on the cross for me and that I’m never alone.  He is my friend for life, strengthening and encouraging me to carry on.  “You can do it, Suzanne” is what I think he says to my heart and mind, to keep going.  It gets better soon.  I wonder what God has for me in my future.  Will I always live this way?

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” – Genesis 28:15

Many believe that we may go through the rapture soon because of the Revelation 12 constellation that is to be found in the sky September 23rd; others have said that Revelation 12 is about Israel, not the rapture.  Either way it’s an amazing sign up in the heavens.  It has given me pause for thought.  If I were raptured as early as September 2017, what would I want to do in life for my last few months on earth?  It makes priorities all the more important.

What have you done to plan for your future in heaven, so that you have made every attempt to make life right, here on earth, first?