Worldwide News: “WHEN FRIENDS FORSAKE YOU!”

The Bible says,

Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him [JOB], they came every one from his own place: Eliphaz the Temanite…Bildad the Shuhite…and Zophar the Naamathite…for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him…And when they lifted up their eyes afar off and knew him [JOB] not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent everyone his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. So they sat down with him [JOB] upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.”   (Job 2:11-13)   Read on,  “WHEN FRIENDS FORSAKE YOU!” 

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

You may be thinking that you are the only one on Earth with problems! Honey, Baby! It ain’t necessarily so! Whatever you are going through, someone else has been there and/or someone else is on the way to a lot more devastation than you.

Here is a little background about Brother JOB!  As you know, Job was a perfect and upright man who was not chasing skirts, cheating at the card table, or pretending to be something he was not. He was an honorable man who was highly esteemed in the East. Furthermore, Job was rich! Well now, a little financial blessings goes a long ways!

Unfortunately, Job had lazy grown-ass children (including his daughters). Theys was no good because theys were always feasting and partying.   They didn’t care nothing about their DAD!  The Bible never mentions (not one time) that Job’s grown children helped in the field or helped the servants to gather the 7,000 sheep…3,0000 camels…500 oxen…or 500- she asses.  No way!  They were to busy preparing themselves to party and looking in the mirror at their designer clothes! Everyone in the East knew that they were rich!  Sounds familiar?  They were born with silver spoons in their mouths –  above and beyond working for a living.

To make matters worse, Job performed the duties of a Priest because he made burnt offerings to GOD,    “…according to the number of them all [his children]:  for Job said,   It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed GOD in their hearts.  Thus did Job continually.”  (Job 1:5)   Notice, Job prayed for them all the time.  Do you find yourself calling upon the Lord about your mate, children, family members,  and other situations?  This is a good thing.

YEP!   Terrible things happen to good people!   Job’s world got rocked by the dEVIL and he lost everything. So, along comes Job’s three friends (Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar) and they were horrified, speechless, and stupefied.  Yet, they came with good intentions to comfort and to mourn with Job; instead, they persecuted Job and falsely accused him of sin!  When you get the chance, read the Book of Job!

Like Job’s three friends (Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar), we have friends and family members who side with us (for a while); then, they jump the fence against us. Each one of Job’s friends planned this visit; so the visit was intentional. Without the Internet, they all heard about Job’s Dilemma – surely caravans and people traveling carried the news. As you know, bad news travels quickly! When they got to Job’s House, they could not believe Job’s condition as he was full of sores, covered in dirt and dust, sitting down on the ground just like a Motherless child. Yet, they showed no mercy to Job because each one of them found fault with Job and made hard speeches against Job.

Likewise, our friends come to spy on our living conditions; then they go back and talk behind our backs.  Please note, every body is not like Job’s friends as there are good Christian and non-Christian loving family members, friends, and co-workers who will do whatever it takes to help. But, there are people who will say,  Honey…that toilet was so nasty….that kitchen was so messed up….that house was so jacked up….”    You know what I mean?

Notice, Job’s friends never said, “LET US PRAY TO GOD!”   If you find yourself struck down to the ground, don’t stay there. GET UP AND PRAY TO THE LORD GOD!  Don’t rely on family and friends to take pity. Don’t rely on others to pray with you or for you!   The Word says, “Stir up the gift that is within you!”

Do like JOB who said, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I reutrn thirther: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21) In all of this, Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. When friends forsake you, ‘CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD GOD!”

Have a Blessed Day!

 

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Worldwide News: “Deliver My Soul, O LORD!”

The Bible says,

“Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue…I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war…”   (Psalm 120:2, 7)

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

There is hope for all of us but we must seek out the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!  The author of this wonderful Psalm is David who was at war with his enemies (Mesech – people who resided in the northern area of Syria and Palestine and  the people of Kedar – relates to Ismaehlites residing near the Euphrates). Sounds familiar?  From about 1000 BC (concerning David – not including Israel’s other enemies previous to this date), until this present time in 2016 AD, the same peoples  (yes AH said peoples)  are still fighting, lying, and speaking with deceitful tongues.  Question: When will it stop?  Answer: Never – not until JESUS comes back!

Who exactly are the lying lips speaking with deceitful tongues in your life?  IS IT YOU or OTHERS?  Frankly, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD. Therefore, we all have lied, told ugly jokes, cursed like sailors, and spoke with “fork” tongues. Even though we are sinners, we have a High Priest JESUS CHRIST, intervening for us in Heaven. HE died for the sins of the World so let us take refuge under the Ark of Safety. Why don’t you, you, you, and you join in with me and cry out to the LORD JESUS for complete deliverance.

Although the faces of our enemies changes from day to day, week to week, and year to year, it is the same dEVIL we fight against.  The dEVIL  walks to and fro….up and down through the Earth and sends out his evil demons to destroy us and to create chaos.  Just look at Internet! The dEVIL  is a lot smarter than us, but he cannot win against JESUS CHRIST!   This is a spiritual battle and we must call upon the Lord to deliver us. You know, there are times we speak with “good intentions” to our family, friends, and co-workers  but  “our words” are taken in vain.  Instead of honor and peace, we find ourselves in the middle of a war which never ends. Just about the time, you think peace is there, there is no peace!  BUT, don’t give up – just call upon the LORD!   Make your requests known, “Deliver My Soul, O LORD!” 

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Worldwide News: “GOD HEARS YOUR PRAYERS IN THE MOST REMOTE PLACES!”

The Bible says, ” Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and He heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice…”   (Jonah 2:1-2)   Read on,  “GOD HEARS YOUR PRAYERS IN THE MOST REMOTE PLACES!” 

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
Most of you know the story about Prophet Jonah who ran away from the Lord GOD. If not, here it is!   The Lord GOD ordered Jonah to go down to an ancient city called, Ninevah, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it: for their wickedness is come up before me.”  Seems like a simple task but Jonah was disobedient, “BUT, Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa: and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.”   (Jonah 1:3)  Question: Why did Prophet Jonah disobey the Lord GOD? Answer: Jonah hated the Ninevites because they were enemies to Israelites. Sounds familiar?  Today, the same problem exists but lets not go there.

Allow me to move on to what happened to Prophet Jonah. The Lord GOD rocked that ship to the point the mariners asked every one on board,   “…who are you…where are you from…what have you done wrong…”   Finally, they went below deck where Prophet Jonah was fast asleep and he admitted guilt and shame because he ran from the Lord GOD. They had no choice but to obey Jonah who told them, “Take me up and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.”  (Jonah 1:12)  Just as they threw Prophet jonah overboard, the Lord GOD prepared a great fish (whale) to swallow up Jonah and this great fish dove down to the botton of the sea below the mountains.

Now allow me to get down to the nitty-gritty!   Like Jonah, we run from the face of the Lord GOD as He calls out to us. Instead of obeying and listening to Him, we high-tail it to our friends or to a party to do our thang! We got a a little jingle in our pockets and as the song goes,  “…its Friday night – just got paid…money in my pocket…”   We ain’t thinking about being righteous and living holy. We don’t stop to think about “risk factors” such as disease and/or death!  The dEVIL fools us so thoroughly telling us, “Ain’t nothing gonna happen to you. You’re stupid if you stay home tonight, its the weekend. Nobody will see you, go ahead!”   And so, off we go go like lambs to the slaughter!

I’ve got good news for you!  Like, Prophet Jonah who prayed from hell (out of the belly of the whale), you and I can pray for redemption.  It ain’t never too late as long as there is breath in your body but don’t wait too late because you may be unconscious and unable to reason, think, or speak.  Right now, you may be in bed with the dEVIL  but GET UP and call on the Name of the Lord.  Say these words,  “Satan, in the name of JESUS,  I rebuke you and take your filthy hands off me!”  Grab your clothes and run or call the po-po to escort the enemy from your property!  Change your phone number!  The Bible states (paraphrasing),  “…while the blood is running warm in your veins…”  please seek ye the Lord and His righteousness  “…while it is day because when the night comes [death] there is no life …”

Where ever you are and no matter what hell hole you lodge in, the Lord GOD will hear your call. If you don’t believe me, try calling (from your heart) on the Lord.  Listen, Prophet Jonah was totally out-of-character and the Lord GOD heard Jonah’s prayer. Even though it took Jonah three days to call on the Lord GOD, the Lord still heard his prayer. You may be swallowed up knee deep in sin (for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 , 70 years or more) and suffering and you don’t want anyone to know. Trust me, get on your knees and cry out to the Lord GOD because He loves you, “GOD HEARS YOUR PRAYERS IN THE MOST REMOTE PLACES!”

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Worldwide News: “GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD!”

The Bible says, Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: But ye shall destroy their altars break their images and cut down their groves: For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is JEALOUS, is a JEALOUS GOD.  Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.” (Exodus 34:12-16)    Please read on,    “GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD!”  

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

No matter who you are, it is vitally important that you obey the Word of GOD:

(1) GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD

Notice, He calls Himself, JEALOUS.   Rightfully so, God made everything, including you! Like it or not, He owns everything – including the cattle on the hill, the dogs in the street, the ants on the ground, the fish in the sea, the wildlife in Africa, and the birds in the air. I don’t care if you have a paid-in-full mortgage, car, boat or even own an island! That island, the land, the air, the water, the minerals, and everything (visible and invisible) belongs to God as He made it!

(2) THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES! 

If you put anything before the Lord GOD, He will take it from you as He is a JEALOUS GODWhat does this mean?  Do not love other people and things so hard that you place them above the Lord GOD. Don’t stay home from church because your husband/wife don’t want to go. Don’t love little Johnny, Jr., so much that he can do no wrong; instead, teach Johnny, Jr. about the Lord GOD and read the Bible to him. Don’t love your dog so much that you miss Praise and Worship Service because you walk him on Sunday mornings and bathe him. Don’t love your automobile so much that you avoid church because you wash, shine, and wax the car on Sunday mornings. Above all, don’t keep your head in the Internet or working from home that you are too busy to fellowship with the Lord GOD. And, God is jealous for you which means He will resent the demi-gods you put before Him! 

(3) DON’T GO A WHORING AFTER OTHER IDOLS!  

This is so important that the Lord GOD warns us to “…take heed to yourselves…”   Like little children, Daddy says, “You better listen to me or else!” We all know what “or else” means. You’ll get a butt whipping – hopefully with a long, skinny peach tree switch or a leather belt! Trust me, you don’t want the Lord GOD to give you a butt-whipping!

Thus, the Lord GOD spells it out:  Don’t make any covenants or deals with the people of the land (who are not serving the Lord Thy GOD)….Don’t marry their daughters or sons…Don’t go a whoring after them or their gods… Don’t attend their ritual meetings…Don’t make sacrifice to their god…Don’t fellowship with them…instead, break down their altars and images, etc.

The Lord GOD may be calling you to fight sin via the law for truth and grace. If so, please consult Him through prayer and dedication. Positions such as these comes with a high price as people will hate you (because they first hated the Lord GOD).

(4) WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT TO GOD? 

Way back in the Old Testament (paraphrasing),  God  told Moses,  “… go get two stone tablets…get up early in the morning and come up Mt. Sinai… and I will write some things down on it. Then, the Lord GOD descended in a cloud and stood with Moses proclaiming, the Lord GOD, merciful, gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression…”  

As you know,   Moses went through a lot of “drama and trouble” with the Israelites, Egypt, and warring nations!  Do you think it is was easy for Moses?   No Way!  If possible, we should call Prophet Moses on the cell phone and ask him about his ordeals in the desert with backbiting folks!   

God laid the foundation in the Ten Commandments which are still in existence to this very day!  One of those Commandments is  “Love the Lord Thy GOD with all your heart, soul, and mind…thou shalt have no other gods before the LORD GOD…” 

By the New Testament, the Lord GOD continued with so, so, so much trouble for us – including sending JESUS  (His only Son) to die on the cross for us!  This included a lot of drama – preparing a body, selecting a virgin for the Mother and a foster Father, hiding them in Egypt, the slaughter of innocent babies, and so on.  Was all of this for nothing!  Just because we live in the Internet age, we have arrived and we have dismissed the Lord GOD and His rules and regulations! No way Baby! We are still in the dark ages! If you elect to ignore the Word of the Lord, you are in big trouble. Now, we expect the Lord GOD to turn His head because we have rights, priviledges, and free will. We flip-flop the Ten Commandments at will!  In other words,  if the Word does not  fit our lifestyle it is not practical!

(5) GOD IS JEALOUS FOR YOU!  

Since “GOD is a JEALOUS GOD,”  He is jealous for you. Just like HE does not want you to serve others, HE will not serve those who come up against you! He will not allow others to have dominion over you for an extended period of time.  If you are in trouble with people or subjected to physical/mental/emotional cruelty, it will not last forever! God allows sinful people a choice just as He allows the righteous. After a certain period, GOD brings His Divine justice upon them and (sooner or later) they receive “due process.”   Yep!  Just keep on living, praying, and watching.

Have a Blessed Day!

 

 

Worldwide News: “Lift Up Your Eyes – HELP IS ON THE WAY!”

The Bible says, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon the right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”   (Psalm 121:1-8)   Please read this Blog,   “LIFT UP YOUR EYES – HELP IS ON THE WAY!” 

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

What in the World are you doing to yourself?

GET UP!  Stop worrying about your situation…nobody likes you (so what?)…your job is funky (collect that check)…you need a new car (pray about it)…your wife/husband/friend is crazy (God will fix them too)…folks telling lies on you (a liar will not tarry in God’s sight)!

GET UP!   No matter how hard you try to please others, somebody will find fault with you. You can run away to the east, west, north, and south.  Save yourself some time and money –  just take an Epson Salt Bath and soak your tired body and feet as you listen to some mellow lyrics.  Go to Walmart – they have a great selection of CD’s classical music and seaside sounds. Don’t waste your money running too and fro as the dEVIL stirs up the harmony within. Are you listening? Don’t run out to the bars you might pick up a few fleas and ticks and start itching in the wrong places.

JESUS IS MY HELP and JESUS IS YOUR HELP!

Check out Hezekiah Walker and his Choir as they sing “JESUS IS MY HELP!” This choir is rocking it! The musicians are jamming and the audience is going crazy. You can’t beat serving the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY! GET UP and PRAISE the LORD! 

The Psalmist SPITS OUT THE FORMULA:  

(1) Look up to the LORD (don’t look down cause ain’t nothing down there but some ain’ts and they show can’t help you and don’t stare at the muddy puddles and don’t hold your head in your hands);

(2) The LORD is our helper (when troubled and distresed – not the spirits in the wine bottle or strong drink or drugs);

(3) The LORD is our keeper and shade (day, night, noon and neither shall the sun or moon smite thee);

(4) The LORD is our preserver (keeps us from evil – yes trouble comes but the Lord will deliver you – youse ain’t dead yet and He will not suffer your foot to be moved);

(5) The LORD is alert 24/7 (never sleeps or slumbers and watches over our going out and coming in). 

Have a Blessed Day!