We have wonderful constitutional rights in our amazing constitution. We have rights to be free, voice our opinions- no matter what that is-, be acknowledged as equal under law to everyone because God made us all (yes, that is in there), to carry weapons to defend ourselves, to follow the laws that govern, to vote, to assemble, to worship, to own property, to work, and so on. Those are the main ones. We have rights under the law and that assumes we follow the law. Those who break the law and thus violate another person’s rights, punishments are expected and should come through the judicial system and it should not matter the status of persons involved, they need punishment. Now that system seems to be broken, but this is how it should be, how it was originally set up. It was set up beautifully and quite successfully, but it assumed people would respect God and respect each other as they want to be reapected. And people seem to appreciate their own rights (and judges and lawyer’s rights to take money to make things happen) but not God or other people’s rights and that is messed up, sinful, flawed, etc., and I digress. It is truth but I yield to my point. Privileges are not rights. They are bonus extras that vary from person to person. Privileges are earned. It is our right to be free. It is our privilege to get a bonus check at work. That is not a right. It is a privilege to get a check to help a hurting family with food. It is not a right. It is a privilege to drive, not a right. My point is that people are sometimes uninformed or misinformed of those differences and perpetuate those misunderstanding. You have the right to be free but it is my right to be free also. Everyone has the same rights. So when one person demands that their privilege is their right, they need to be educated. I have to honor your right to be free but it is my privilege to disagree with your views, as is it your privilege to disagree with mine but you also have to honor my right to be free. When one person declares their privileges are rights and must be given, they need to be educated, not appeased. We don’t change the constitution. Judges are to enforce the constitution and not rewrite it. And education needs to be taught from elementary school on to refresher courses for adults who demand their privileges as rights and care not for other’s rights. We need education just as badly as judicial reform and criminal system reform. The truth will set our country free from tyrants who happen to have a LOT of money. Then we will have our country back and fair and focused on enjoying our freedoms alongside our fellow Americans. ❤
We are largely lazy people, if you really think about it. Our forefathers were so brilliant to work their tails off and find ways to make us sit around. We have washing machines that wash and dry our clothes (and pretend it is hard work to put the clothes in and take them out again). We have machines that wash and dry our dishes (same thing, poor us have to load and unload them). We have entertainment on a large box or portable device anywhere we are so poor us don’t have to be without entertainment for one minute. We have grocery stores that have led people to believe they actually get their food from them. Like that’s where it comes from. We have running water, air conditioning, electricity, all modern amenities and even buy all our clothes premade. We don’t even understand the workings of sheep sheering or picking cotton from its sharp pod in the field. We even have machines we sit in that take us from place to place on land or sea or air. No horses. No walking long distances. And all this is for our convenience and luxury. And miraculously, we still find plenty to complain about. Someone wants out stuff, storing all our stuff, paying for the stuff, those 3 dishes you had to hand wash, car broke down, whatever. We are spoiled brats. Lazy. Complascent. And this is no good. It has crept into the church and produced a lazy brat Complascent offshoot of the true Christian church. One where we are all for doing the right thing as long as we don’t have to do anything and God is declared our first priority as we plan every day without Him, and I am ashamed at the level of non-prayer and no fasting. Where is the fasting and prayer, praising God, serving Him and His people, caring for orphans and widows and those that cannot care for themselves? We need those people. We need true Christians to get off their fat dumb and happy behinds and wake up. God is trying to start a revival and y’all are not helping one inch. Go or get off the pot.❤
So perhaps I am a little old, but I realize each year that there is nothing significant in a day unless you believe it is so and make it significant. Nothing happens unless you make it happen… one of Newton’s Laws. New Year’s day is just another day unless you want a change to happen in some way and need some excuse for that to happen. That is why resolutions generally don’t work for longer than your attention span. I believe that is not cynical so much as realistic. I believe you can’t make a wish things will change but refuse to commit to backing it up. I need to lose a few pounds, but vowing to stop eating or worse, taking a pill to make it magically evaporate, is pathetic and ineffective if in place of committing myself to improved health because I want to be a better, healthier, more energetic child of God. So, the resolution should be a deeper change, something which promotes lasting change and betterment. Something like praying every day, reading one chapter of the Bible every day, forgiving someone, wanting to please God, helping people every day, using gifts or talents to do good, etc. And we can make that change any single day of our lives and we must every day of our lives. I like how the singer Carolyn Arends sang it, “This will be my resolution, every day is New Year’s Day”. Every day, every hour, every minute is an opportunity to start again and be intentional. In fact, to be effective, it must be so.❤
We may not acknowledge it’s importance and may be so distracted we downplay its value, but in crisis it is more obvious that this is true… every moment is a choice. Our choice. Every single moment we choose to life, be free, continue to breathe. Those seemingly automatic choices are only automatic when nothing is wrong. But in states of natural disasters, illnesses, abuse, devastation, it becomes much more apparent that these are indeed choices. It is likewise our choice to give God glory and honor in everything we do. Or not. These are purposeful choices every moment of our life. Every moment counts. This moment I am for God and truth. This moment also. This one too. Or… this moment I will do what I want, I want to escape in this drug, I want to watch porn in this moment. The choice is ours and important and will be counted and rewarded (either positively or negatively) for an eternity. Not claiming to have made a choice or saying it is not important is actually making ac choice to believe a lie, a moment of choice against Truth/God. God says our choices matter and we will be accountable for them. If we pretend/lie to ourselves that it doesn’t really matter or isn’t important or we have time later and blow it off, we call God a liar and that is not something I would recommend. God lays out Truth in His Word. It must be our choice to read it, humbly pray to Him and obey/make good choices every moment. It is time to live every moment on purpose and choose God. God is power and truth with love. He is very forgiving and full of grace. Apologize and start over with His help. Now is the time to make good choices for God. Life purposefully for you are without knowing it anyway. God/Truth is our focus and choice. Every moment on purpose it is the same. If you screw up, apologize and start again next moment. Practice makes perfect. ❤
The problem with comfort is that it generally yields laziness and lethargy. It gives an unrealistic expectation that comfort will just continue without necessarily working for those things which make you comfortable. I fear for my fellow Americans because they are so comfortable right now. They have grown accustomed to God’s blessings without realizing we have been lazy and have not followed His way of life. We have killed an atrocious and vile number of babies for convenience and irresponsibility and to hide evidence of constant fornication and adultery. We have accepted Homosexuality as normal and even given that lifestyle preferential treatment. We have idolized people in the entertainment industry adultery and plastered our unadulterated attention on promoting our preferred personal on Facebook. We have allowed pornography everywhere adultery did even taught forms of it in sex ed to impressionable kids. We have taken God out of school and children and growing up not knowing right from wrong. Shame on us! We need to pray and fast and repent and call evil out and correct it. And if we do not do these things, how can a holy God keep from judging us guilty? Only His grace and those of us praying holds back His anger from our soil and we Andre seeing it grow thin. Repent. Pray. Fast. God is loving and will forgive you when andrenyone humbly prays and calls on the name of Jesus to be saved, and you will save your soul from judgment now and eternity without Him. Neglect salvation and you certainly will not be saved. It is your choice as it has always been. God is waiting and if we all turn back to Him maybe He will heal our land and save us. Tough words, but I believe God put them on my heart. Please listen to them. Please!❤
1. Be observant. Wait a minute before you offer anything and see what they really need. Don’t ask outright or you will get a want and not a need and that only lasts momentarily, but see for yourself what is needed. Often this involves prayer and asking the Holy Spirit for guidance. Remember: providing a want lasts for a day but filling a need is much deeper and longer lasting.
2. Don’t answer their need by filling your own. This is huge. My mom always used to tell me “Men always comfort with sex”. I am not sure about always, but it certainly is tried often. But when someone needs a hug and to share space and tears with someone, sex is really not what they want or need and is getting something for you out of it. Just an example but as a same sex help, if you give chocolate when they need company, you are treating them with what would benefit you and not what they need or want. In essence, either scenario above is a distraction and the problem remains. Remember: to help someone, you must consider their needs and not yours.
3. God is invaluable in helping anyone. To help anyone without praying with them is futile and shallow and unwise and plain ridiculous. As if you have unlimited strength to give them. As if you are all knowing to see into their soul and determine who they need to forgive. God is. God does. Call on His help before you help at all with them. They will how closer to God when He helps them. They will know that all good things come from God, our Savior and Healer. Remember: Do not forger God as Healer, Wisdom, Love and Truth.
4. Touch them. I don’t mean touch them inappropriately but we are Jesus’ hands and feet and people need hugs and reassuring touches. Some more than others, but everyone needs some level of the security and reassurance that comes with touches and hugs. Remember: We are Jesus’ hands and feet.
5. Put them first and just love. The people who comforted me most when Daddy died and my best friend died to me and another friend died all at the same time were the friends and family who had plenty of other things to do but took time out to just not say anything but be in the room with me. My cousin Nicky gave us a place to stay and just loved on us. That meant the world to me. My best friend texted with me support when her van would not allow her to come over. Another friend far away phoned me. Friends here came over. I was in no condition to talk but they coexistence with me and just let me know I was loved and not alone in the world. That is huge when you lose three from a very small circle of loved ones. Just that someone still exists who loves you. You don’t usually have to say a word. Just exist with them. That is healing in of itself. Remember: just be with them and love them.❤
Evil leaders may think they are in control. Billionaires may think they are in control. Popular people/celebrities/sports stars may think they are in control. Bullies may think they are in control. You name it. Give someone some power or money or fear and they think they have some kind of control. They plot evil, they promote agendas, they serve only themselves, they make themselves out to be God’s in flesh gracing us with their presence, expecting us to fear them, worship them, bow down to them.
Truth: they are mistaken. God, the Holy One of Israel and Heavenly Father of true Christians everywhere is in control. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. God is the only opinion which truly matters and His truth is the only truth. God is still in control. Never be deceived. And those who are humbly His and who remain close and in prayer and Bible reading will be with Him someday sooner than it was yesterday. God is in control. Not only that, but He loves you passionately. Not lustfully but passionately, like enough to send His Son the die and resurrect for our purification from the filthy sins surrounding us or that were Inc us before salvation. So rest assured that God is in control, He lives you, His Word is truth and we will be with Him when He chooses. Stay close to Him and pray and read your Bible and do not worry or fear. God is in charge of all He has made. (Except your free will, that is on you, Heh gave you the right to choose life or death for eternity- choose wisely.) Never fear. Ever. ❤