Worldwide News: “Are YOU in the LIONS’ DEN?”

The Bible says, “All the presidents of the kingdom [Babylon], the governors, and the princes, the counselors, and the captains have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.” (Daniel 6:7)  We live in a time of conspiracies and plots in high places and the Word of God calls it,  “…spiritual wickedness in high places!”   It really seems we are reliving ancient days of old because the heads of nations (presidents, kings and queens), states, elected officials, parliament, governors, military personnel, counselors, etc., are carrying on as self-appointed demi-gods and dictators! It is time for all of us to face facts. Please read on.  My question,  “Are You in the LIONS’ DEN?”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

Poor Daniel (forever cut off from marrying and having children) was the sole object of the leaders of one hundred and twenty (120) provinces. Considering Daniel’s modest attire, appearance, and diet (probably weighing about 120 pounds), these fools were jealous of him. Why? Daniel had favor with king Darius, “It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an 120 princes which should be over the whole kingdom and over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give account unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.” (Daniel 6:1-3)

The selection process was purely based on the godly and holy spirit housed in Daniel’s body “…because an excellent spirit was in him…”  Not only did Daniel watch his calories and diet, he prayed three times a day…he consulted GOD concerning his life and the welfare of the kingdom…he fasted…he obeyed GOD’s laws and commandments…he did not seek to destroy his enemies…and he lived right! Yet, Daniel’s reward for righteous living was not anything you’d like to hear about because “….whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save the king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.”  If possible, Daniel’s enemies would have put him in an electric chair!

As you all know, Daniel was cast into the lions’ den for a whole night!  While Daniel’s opponents feasted, celebrated , and gave each other high-fives, king Darius fasted all night, refused to sleep, and sent away his dancing girls and musicians.  In fact the bar and the kitchen were closed until further notice!

Early in the morning, the king ran to the den of lions saying, “O Daniel, servant of the Living GOD, is Thy GOD, whom thou servest continually able to deliver thee from the lions? Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before Him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.”  (Daniel 6:19-23)

MY LORD! Just like in Daniel’s day, today, people don’t want prayer in the schools, they don’t want workers to talk about the goodness of the Lord on the job, they dislike it when folks send out emails to have prayer in the conference room, they don’t want Christians to celebrate the birth of Christ, some banks and financial institutions no longer allow Christmas decorations and trees to be on display (but they come to work on Halloween dressed up as witches, Chucky Cheese, vampires, the walking dead and they put Halloween candies out on display for customers to eat. More so, we call right wrong and wrong right!

GOD turned Daniel’s captivity because Daniel was not a law breaker and he was innocent from all accusations. Daniel’s only guilt was praying to the ALMIGHTY GOD!  Like Daniel, all of GOD’s children should be doing the same. Never mind about being politically correct or pleasing other folks, because we’re not to be afraid of those who can kill the body! Instead, we are to fear GOD as HE has power over the spirit, soul, and body. 

Let’s assume we all have issues and have fallen short of the Glory of GOD. Maybe we told a little white lie or something else but we have sinned against GOD (and some of us keep on sinning). The Word tells us the LORD GOD is merciful, compassionate, loving, and forgiving. On this side of Heaven (while the blood is running warm in our veins), we need to humble ourselves, repent, make an-about-face, and serve the LORD GOD.

If your head is in the lion’s mouth or you are surrounded by lions and lionesses, you need to fly into the arms of the ALMIGHTY GOD. There is no other ground of safety except the Solid Rock and that Rock is JESUS! Perhaps, you’ve escaped one lion but there is another one (maybe two or three) down the road. The dEVIL is waiting to catch your guards down and he ain’t no fool because he is the prince of the air…the father of lies…a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour…and he is planning on your early demise.  Again, I ask the question,  “Are You in the LIONS’ DEN?”

Have a Blessed Day!

 

 

Worldwide News: “Even Righteous People Suffer!”

The Bible says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”  (Psalm 34:19)  You all have heard the same Bible stories over and over but they were written for a REASON!  Just think! If we didn’t have GOD’s Laws and Commandments, where would the World be? In spite of GOD’s Word, people refuse to obey HIM. Instead they receive and honor the father of all lies, the dEVIL!  Look at the rulers and powers to be in the Earth as they are nothing like JESUS CHRIST!  Read on, “Even Righteous People Suffer!” 

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

The Old Testament states,  “There was a man in the land of UZ (not OZ) whose name was Job and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. ”   (Job 1:1)

Job worshipped the LORD GOD. While his children were asleep in their beds, Job rose up early in the mornings to offer burnt offerings for his trifling kids. Why?  The Word says, “…when the days of their feasting were gone about, Job send and sanctified them…”   (Job 1:5)  Although Job’s seven sons and three daughters were adults (not little children or teens), they all were lazy, no-good, pathetic, and self-centered individuals.  Job still loved them as you can see because he covered them in sincere prayer. Mostly likely, Job sent the servants to fetch them and he told them, “…yawl been playing around, feasting, and having a good time…it’s time for me to lay hands on you and pray for you…please set (sanctify) yourselves and put away your drinking to pray to the LORD…”

According to Biblical recorded history, Job never cursed his children, wife, or GOD! In our society, no one would blame Job for cursing out his children or  bosom wife who also rebuked her husband saying, “Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9) Instead of telling his wife, “take a flying leap,” Job said, “Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. ..shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”  (Job 2:10)

In my opinion, Job did not deserve to have these shiftless individuals in his family. The bottom line is not hard to realize, Job’s story is a model for all Christians to follow – this means for you and I.  There is no real guarantee everything will be perfect in your life or the lives of your children and family.  One minute all is well and the next, some one has an accident or disaster strikes.  After all that fervent praying,  Job still lost everything!  Make no mistake, this is not an insurance policy to STOP praying and believing GOD for the miraculous to take place! Don’t let the dEVIL fool you or discourage you!

You see, the LORD GOD remembered Job,  “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends:  also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”   (Job 42:10)   If you are at this point in your life, keep on praying and keep on believing. No matter how hard it gets and folks fight like cats and dogs in your home!  Get yourself into a quiet room and pray.  Go into the broom closet to pray but PRAY! If the LORD turned Job’s captivity around, HE will turn yours!

After the children grow up, the parent may become a caregiver for a second time. You birth them (change diapers, teach them to talk, teach them to walk, send them to kindergarten, elementary, junior high, high school, and college), but they just may move back home to live with you!  Generally, adult kids should look after the aging parent; instead the aging parent may become a nurse maid for the adult kid.

Life is not fair and we all know it! Don’t get this scenario confused with unfortunate mishaps in the lives of people as some folks move back home for legitimate reasons. Please note that every case is different!  There are many kinfolk who return to their roots and move in with relatives. However, they replace the  lack-of-financial  payment for room and board with their labor, help, and physical support around the house. When asked to do chores, they make themselves available without grunting. If this describes you, do not concern yourself with criticism.

Some of these people were wronged by society as employers do not follow the rules of GOD! For this reason, many folks are unemployed and/or blocked by prejudice people in management.  Directly or indirectly, you may be a victim.  You know there are dishonest company owners, managers, supervisors, and co-workers who dig graves for others on the job. They operate out of jealously, envy, and strife as well as make up lies about others at work!  I got news for these folks as their  payday is coming!

Maybe, you know people with adult children living Scott free and they care diddly-dang-dong nothing about their parents.  They are shiftless as Job’s first set of kids!  Lets call their names, June-boy and Lulu Belle! June-boy won’t even take out the garbage, make subtle repairs around the house, or water the grass. Even worse, June-boy lets his old gray-hair Daddy push the lawn mower on hot days without offering assistance! Lulu Belle is too cute to work as she spends more time putting on false eyelashes and make-up, and calling her friends! She won’t wash dishes, sweep/mop the floors, iron, put groceries away, clean up the bathrooms, make the beds, or hang up her own clothes!

Many parents are God-fearing, hoping, and praying to see multiple changes take place in the lives of their children and families. These parents (like Habakkuk, the minor Prophet) pray, “O LORD, How long shall I cry and Thou wilt not hear?” (Habakkuk 1:2)  For sure, they are tired and frustrated.  My advice to you is do not give up and help is on the way! Keep on pressing forward in the name of JESUS CHRIST our LORD! You must realize that you (like Job) will suffer because “Even Righteous People Suffer!”

There is a strong antidote to rid oneself of such poisons within the family structure. Reread Psalms 34:19, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”  (Psalm 34:19)

Yep! Now you know the answer is in the second clause of Psalm 34:19, “…but the LORD delivereth him [the righteous] out of them all.”  Now you know what to do  because “Even Righteous People Suffer!”

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: “How Much Does Your SPIRIT and Soul Weigh?”

The Bible says,   “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away.”  (James 1:14)   According to Webster’s Dictionary, “vapor is a faintly visible suspension of fine particles of matter in the air as mist or fog.”  Maybe this is why people study the dying as they hope to catch a glimpse of the spirit and soul leaving the body! It is said that some people have captured pictures of the spirit/soul departing from the deceased. Some of these images may be manufactured and some may not be.    “How Much Does Your Spirit and Soul Weigh?”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

This very moment you may be thinking,  “Say What?”  I’m here to tell you that your body weight may be 600 pounds (although at birth, you weighed 7 pounds) or you may be 250 or 185 pounds or 135 pounds (even though at birth you weighed 6-9 pounds), your spirit and soul remains the same weight as the day of your birth!

According to Apostle James (half-brother of our Lord, JESUS CHRIST), your life is a vapor. You are here today and gone tomorrow which could be 12 days (or less) to 101 years (or more). When you boil water, you can see the vapor…when you barbeque on the grill, you can see smoke…when you do a control burn outdoors, you can see smoke…when you see a high powerful jet flying in the sky, you see a trail of fuel/vapor it leaves behind….when you see a steam ship, you can see vapor. Yet, you cannot capture the smoke from the grill or the steam from the ship’s engine to put it in a jar!

Likewise, one cannot capture the spirit or soul of another and put it in a classified jar. However, one can cremate (incinerate) a corpse and place the ashes in a decorative container but the spirit and soul cannot be contained.

Unlike the body (as you know), the spirit and soul is immortal and goes back to GOD who decides if the spirit/soul will live in Heaven or HELL!  Generally, the corpse is placed in a coffin and buried about six feet under!

However, there is good news for all of us. One’s soul and spirit can be saved from the everlasting fires of hell, the second death, and the Lake of Fire. JESUS CHRIST came to save the lost!  Some of you are looking for salvation and a way out of your mess. You have been swallowed up in sin and there are people around you keeping you locked in. There are days and times you don’t want to be a part of the filth any more, but you keep giving in!

                         STOP RIGHT NOW! 

I will tell you how to come out of your sins. In order to be saved, you must look for someone with GREAT POWER to believe in and that someone is JESUS CHRIST.  HE died for your sins even though you were not on the face of the Earth. HE hung on the cross and HE did so in love. There is no body on Earth willing to die for you as JESUS. Futhermore, HE came down from Heaven and HE stepped out of time to save you!

The Bible says,  “…if you shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that GOD hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.”  (Romans 10:9-12)

Please be encouraged and decide where your spirit, soul, and your resurrected body will spend eternity!   “How Much Does Your Spirit and Soul Weigh?”  Well now, you know the answer, you weigh as much as vapor!

Have a Blessed Day!