Doing something good does not offset or make up for something bad you do, even if you believe that to be true or have made such a habit of this balance game that you do it automatically. What makes up for doing something wrong, like stealing, lying, cheating, doing drugs, getting drunk, watching porn, getting off on someone other than your spouse, killing someone, hating someone, not doing or saying what you should, etc. is to stop doing it and not do it again. God forgives most willingly if you humbly ask Him but if you ask forgiveness and then do it all over again, are you sincere? It would be like my daughter as ask toddler writing all over the wall with crayons and then telling me she is sorry then doing it again when I walk out of the room. The next day, telling me she’s sorry then doing it again. As a mom, I would be sad that she was still doing it and would rather she not even ask me if she didn’t mean it and was just going to do it again. Now a toddler doesn’t get that at all but we as adults do. We need to reapect and honor God so much that we don’t risk doing anything that would make Him sad or disappointed or even worse angry. I would rather err on the side of caution than risk disrespecting Him intentionally. I do that enough unintentionally. And I work on all this. It is hard to keep up with it but thank God He also helps us do what pleases Him!! Woo hoo!!❤❤❤
Now, I believe this mounting misery I and so many of my friends/family are experiencing are spiritual attacks in origin. I believe the enemy is grasping to destroy as many people as possible because his time is short and Jesus’ return and reign is soon. So bad guys are ramping up their game, the enemy is attacking harder, people’s spiritual decisions become more apparent. The problem with this is that we feel it. It is very real for us, not some intangible idea but a very real things are horrible sometimes kind of thing. Sometimes seems unbearable and I cry a lot. Yes, this tower of encouragement and strength weeps like a little girl at the despair, loneliness, attacks, ugliness around me, problems other people are having. It is very hard. So I wanted to encourage you to remember that things are real yes but are guided and orchestrated by a demon or principality of darkness and evil. Willing people are often used by these evil beings as pawns but our fight is truly a spiritual one. So we must fight together and help and lift each other up and band together using our most powerful spiritual weapons: contrition, salvation, prayer, worship, drawing close to God, Bible reading and fellowship. That is it. Problem is the same as the day of the first sin just is more escalated now. Message and solution are the same simple message and solution as ever also. We got this. Do not lose hope or stop fighting. Be strong andolutionnd courageous. Do not be afraid. God has overcome already. Remember that and cling to Him and His promises. I am right here with you and God sure is too. Love you! God is good!!❤❤❤
It takes a lot to anger me. God has worked hard to “enhance my calm” and build up my peace and joy and I have always been laid back. When I get angry, however, it is a fire, a hurricane and fire. I get angry when defenseless people are wronged or bullied, when God is disrespected, when His people are targeted and attacked, and when one of our children is lost. One of them is, it became very clear to me last night upon seeing her after 6 months of blowing us off. So now it is very obvious to me that it is a spiritual matter and there is a fight on for her soul. And this pissed me off. The enemy is attacking my family and that does not fly with me! I am mad. And I will be fighting now until this wrong is made right. I will not allow my kids to be lost and suffer an eternity long. I will fight for her in the most powerful way there is. I am going to pray. Dilligently. I will reach out in love every chance I can but I will pray. Hard. Long. Diligently. I will pray while I quilt. I will fast. I will pray for her deceived soul. Never make me angry or I will pray tirelessly. I will call on the awesome and powerful God of the universe for help. I, in all my might, can only do so much. But allmighty God can do any and everything and can conquer spiritual forces. He is my strength.
By smallness, I do not mean the size of physical form. Just to get that right from the start. The one good thing about evil being so dominant in the fake news entertainment (as there are few and far between true journalists anymore but I digress) or anti-social media or entertainment media is that whatever they are saying, the opposite is true. If they say he did, you can bet he didn’t. If they say families are healthy without a mom and dad, you can bet they are unhealthy. If they say follow your heart, follow your head because your heart is the most easily tricked. If they say true, it is a lie. It is so laughably predictable with all the evil/lie prevalence around us. So if the world says your goal should be to get rich and powerful and popular and well known, you can bet my goal is to get smaller, meaning humble. If man is god, mine isn’t, I’ll stick to God being God. So look with these truth eyes and invert every line you are given and you will be closer to the truth than you imagined. ☺
For every good thing or situation is a bad thing (because evil wants to destroy good). And for every evil thing or situation is a good thing (because God is a generous with grace and blessings). Every single thing that happens has an element of good and evil because earth is a battleground between good and evil. It is that simple. The free will and choice comes when we can decide for ourselves which to embrace. And do not be deceived, you are always choosing between the two. There is good and evil. So along with that choice is our own decisions. Whether to embrace good or evil and then whether to focus on good or evil. Many a pastor have said there is no such thing as a pessimistic Christian. I believe that. When we choose God, the good, we choose goodness and focus on the good side of things, positive things that are mixed in, lessons, blessings, truth of who God is despite the curcumstance. We don’t suddenly forget there is bad there or ignore everything uncomfortable in our lives like pampered pets, but we choose to focus on God’s goodness and remain in worship through the storms. Optimism is a choice. I choose to bade optimistic. And nowadays, it is more and more rare to find so is more light n in the darkness than ever. Be a light with me! ❤
Satan is the father of lies. You know then that he is lying. And pride was the root of his downfall. On his way to punishment, he and his armies will take as many to eternal separation from God as possible. This sounds crazy to many who reject truth and prefer the momentary comfort of lies and pleasure and self-loving pride. But those who truth see the truth, love the truth and the truth sets them free. Jesus Christ is the truth and His grace saves us now and forever. So staying in prayer and reading the Bible promotes and encourages the truth in an ever increasing world of lies. So truth has to be our mainstay, our weapon, our lifeblood, our greatest goal. Truth combats perpetual lies. It is the only thing that does. You cannot fight a lie with a different lie. You have to fight it with truth. God is truth and His Word, the Bible, is the truth He had written down for us to use and memorize and refer to. Keep in God’s Word and pray so the Holy Spirit helps us now and you become a light of truth in a world of perpetual lies and you can determine which is which by closeness and affiliation with Truth. There is no other way. Truth rocks!! There is peace and joy and wisdom there and so much love and true fulfillment!! Worth the journey.
Aside from my normal silly self, the amount of evil and terrorism around us all over the world is very real and I wish to comment on this question I have heard from so many trying to understand how people could do such things, as if people who have done far worse never existed. I wish to share my little insights on this serious topic and will get back to my silly self next blog. This is such a horrible thing but so very true that the absolute only way to understand evil and terror and the mindset of evil people and terrorists is to understand love and God and beauty and completely turn it on its head. It is the wrong focus. It is the wrong question. It is impossible because it is so foreign to normal innate thinking. We are made by God and as such have a mindset internally of right and wrong and beauty and love and caretaking. Evil and terror are the opposite so we can not comprehend that line of thinking that only comes through many years of lies built upon lies and brainwashing and berating and abuse and so forth. For us to understand we would have to be evil. So we do things like try to find out what went wrong or what would happen to cause someone to be evil. What painful experience in their past, what words hurt them, what lies did they believe, how were they brainwashed. And that again is a futile exercise that provides no closure, no truth, no understanding. The plain, simple fact is that evil people choose to be evil. Terrorists choose to be terrorists. There is always a choice, no matter what lies were planted, no matter what brainwashing was done, even from infancy. Truth be told, there is always a barrier of choice we have to overcome to perform an evil act. It is always and forever the person’s choice. They may be pressured and deceived, but it is still their choice. Everyone has a choice. Of course, you sometimes pay for the choices you make, if not now, then in the future. And the biggest payment for such a choice is living with that choice. Living with our choices create within us a pattern of thoughts, a basis upon which we judge ourselves and are judged on that day ahead. So to condone a choice and live with a clear conscious, we must live within the moral code ingrained in us. To be ashamed of a choice and live with turmoil, we work in opposition to that moral code. Evil is the opposite of God/good/love/truth. Everything good and pure and honest and joyful and peaceful is the opposite of evil. To understand what evil truly is, you have to be closely acquainted with the best of the best, God. The closer you are to understanding this magnificent Supreme Being, the closer you are to understanding that evil is everything that He is not. There is the right focus. Focus on the One who saves not the one who destroys. Focus on the One who rules rather than the one who wanted to but was defeated for trying to. Then you will understand that there is a war for our souls and a decision for us to make. Each makes this decision for themselves. And more importantly, each is accountable for this decision. I choose the winning side, the God who made everything we know that is good. I choose love.