romans 5:17-19

for the sin of  this one man adam caused death to rule over many.

but even greater is God’s wonderful grace and His gift of righteousness for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man Jesus Christ.

yes adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.

because one person disobeyed God many became sinners.

but because one other person obeyed God many will be made righteous.

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although few of us would say that death is our ruler we often live in fear of death.

if we fear death it has the ability to gain mastery over us.

we should not fear death but only fear God and shun evil.

we should fear God because He has both the ability to create us and to enable us to be destroyed.

why are people so afraid to show they are getting old?

is it that they don’t want other people to acknowledge their increasing in years for fear it might increase their consciousness of or mindset of their lack of vitality or nearness to the grave which we all approach with increasing frequency by the day.

are people afraid of death because they feel they have wasted their lives?

or because they fear the horrors of hell that might be waiting for them on the other side if they haven’t repented of their sins and they don’t believe in Jesus?

are suicidal people those who have reached a state where they no longer fear death or have they just got so sick of living that they think to themselves anything’s better than this?

perhaps it is because some of us remain ignorant of the next dimension beyond this one that we don’t value our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit and cling to the precious beauty of life tightly enough.

how often do we fail to see the wonder in God’s grace and just take it for granted that it gives us a blank cheque to sin as much as we want?

how often do we view the cross as a reason to obey Jesus out of gratitude for His sacrifice for us?

righteousness means to be in right standing with God.

it’s not about how often you read your  bible and pray or how often you attend church meetings.

these are all helpful good and beneficial but they are only surface level of our  relationship with God which should involve recognizing our connection to Him in every single waking moment and bringing our relationship with Him into every decision we make in our lives just as a husband should consider his wife’s feelings before making decisions that affect the both of them in the same way the way people perceive Christ may be determined fairly or otherwise by the actions of His body ( I think otherwise).

who wants to have victory over sin and death?

I know I do.

not in the future only but in the here and now of every waking breathing moment.

I don’t want to return to the same old contaminated me that I used to be before I decided to actually fight against the devil and tapping into the power of God that dwells within me through the blood of Christ instead of letting him use me like a doormat and stomp all over me.

if you are not experiencing victory over hell and death in your life now I more than pity you I pray for you that you will see that breakthrough is possible.

there is life beyond the chains and prison cells of hell you are currently held captive by.

don’t let the devil ever hold you  back from living in the glorious future God intends for you.

I pray this freedom will become a reality for all of us.

don’t be afraid to revel in your liberty in Christ not for the sake of boasting of your own achievements but celebrating all the little victories Christ has won for you along the way to bring you to that place of constant joy and peace despite the circumstances.

there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

the obvious provisio for this freedom from condemnation is that you actually have to be in Christ Jesus or in a relationship with Him.

think about all the deaths of all the humans in history.

none of them has as much significance as what Christ accomplished for us on the cross.

some of us have been freed from slavery by righteous crusaders.

those people were motivated to live out the creed that all men are created equal and deserve to live emancipated by the author of manumission and the finisher of our faith Christ himself.

ditto for those who have gained rights for animals and equality and respect for women being realized in greater measure in our world though heaven knows we’ve still got a long way to go.

it is Christ’s transfusion of His holy blood into our spirits that motivates those who have battled against the usage of racist and demeaning language towards those from other cultures ( though we often see it as less of a problem when we hate on our ”own”‘).

it brings me such joy, I swell up with pride knowing Christ has given me new life and hope beyond the grave.

the love of the spirit of life I find in Him alone has set me free from the law of sin and death.

that is why I will praise and glorify El Shaddai with every single passing breath til my lungs collapse in His arms.

I will wake up from my last sleep glorified with a brand new body leaving behind this fleshly ashheap prone to sin and paranoia, hate for self and others, despicable acts displeasing in His sight and more deplorable deeds than a hypocritical politician condemning kidnapping of girls in Africa while advocating their destruction in the womb.

now I contend with paul unless this is just my new living translation that is not providing the full rich meaning of what he is trying to say to me and to us.

I don’t just believe that many of us became sinners through adam but all of us because we were born into sin.

but if any man be in Christ he or she is a new creation behold the old has past away the new has come.

we were born corrupted but in Him we put on purity and blamelessness or incorruption.

we walk in the opposite spirit from how we were raised.

even those born in Christian homes have to make a decision for themselves to follow Jesus cos God doesn’t have grandchildren only sons and daughters.

imagine how many people might be made righteous through God using your own obedience to Him.

what a joy it will be to stand in heaven and meet all the people whose lives were impacted by your hunger and passion for Jesus through never giving in and compromising your convictions.

yet in that moment you will not get a big head swelling and bursting with pride.

your eyes won’t even be transfixed on the glorious golden mansion He has prepared for you where the taps alone are rumoured to be as glittering as the streets 🙂

no you will be prostrate before His holy throne and have eyes of wonder for Him alone.

as it is on earth so let it be in heaven.

let all our thoughts and deeds be reflections of His glory.

let our lives testify of the incredible story of His love for us- that considered holding onto His life of less value than what He would accomplish by giving it away !

:o) ❤

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1 john 4:4-6

but you belong to God my dear children because the spirt in you is greater than the spirit of those in the world.

those people belong to this world so they speak from this world’s viewpoint and the world listens to them.

but we belong to God and those who know God listen to us.

if they do not belong to God they do not listen to us.

that is how we know if someone has the spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.

I had to back up to the previous verses in this chapter for clarification on what this first verse meant.

in this chapter we are given a method to test whether someone is speaking false prophecy or is the genuine article of somebody sent by God to comfort or warn us.

a false prophet will not acknowledge that Jesus came to earth in physical form.

all who are true Christians and or true prophets will be the first to admit that He did.

not only was He born in a virgin’s womb but He died and rose again for the salvation of the world in which we participate when we repent of our sins and believe in HIm.

we are urged not to lose heart but to take courage because God’s spirit is greater than those who are worldly minded or who have the spirit of satan in them.

no matter how many people are deceived in this world their influence will not spread and cast a net wide enough to embrace the whole world.

faith is not a numbers game and might doesn’t equal right but the majority of people in the world do believe in Jesus.

one reason for this is statistically the angels on Gods side outnumber those on satans so obviously they are capable of being far more affective in their conversion strategy to holy ideology than our severely depleted foe.

there is far too much evidence that proves Jesus was is and always will be God who once walked around in a flesh and bone body to ever take any claims to the contrary seriously.

nobody would lay their life down for a lie.

nobody would risk losing their job or being disowned by their family or being tortured in the most painful ways imaginable , humiliated even in death by sadistic killers who show no mercy if they didn’t have cold hard facts on their side that Jesus died and rose again and there were eyewitnesses who had every reason to discredit HIm or spread a false report as He threatened their tentative hold over the people’s hearts and minds ( the Pharisees) by setting themselves up as default authority figures in the absence of an unbroken generational line continuing in the Levitical priesthood brought about by the forced exile of the Israelites and their subsequent glorious return.

of course for those of us grafted into the vine we await the doors of the new Jerusalem when heaven invades earth being swung open wide for us.

you can see speaking the viewpoint of the world as being either an advantage or disadvantage for us as Christians.

we need to get inside the heads of people and force ourselves to mentally if not physically walk in their shoes in order to be able to relate and connect with them but in doing so we must not lose what makes us different and unique.

God has called us to be peculiar people set apart from the world in our thinking patterns.

sometimes people are adopting Christian thinking patterns subconsciously as a result in living in a society that has subscribed to judeo Christian values for such a long time that they do not recognize when they are behaving like Christians in their moral choices in the things they are attracted to, in the ideas they propagate and their concept of family values.

we must remember that people in the world are drawn by the influence of God in us to our way of thinking which is HIs way of thinking which seems alien absurd or bizarre to them only because mass media has taught them to think of us as bigots, hypocrites or intolerant idiots when truthfully that describes potentially every human since the dawn of creation seeing as we are prone to flaws as a result of man falling  from grace and caving into sin.

what sets us apart as Christians from the rest of the world is not that we don’t sin but that we feel guilty and our consciences are pricked as a result of our wrongdoing.

if we have gone beyond the point of being able to discern the difference between right and wrong we are in serious danger.

many people would agree with me if I don’t bring spiritually related morals into the equation.

we know it is wrong to throw yourself in a pit of fire.

yet in our moral  choices we fail to see how we are doing exactly that at times.

if  people in the world listen to us it is because God has placed the desire in every heart to worship HIm so when we are walking opposite to our intended design there is a war that rages within us.

we may try to drown our consciences in drugs and alcohol but it doesn’t work.

deep within all of us whether we acknowledge His existence or not there is a hungry voice crying out for fulfilment that can only be derived from and supplied by God.

ideally everyone who knows God should listen to everyone else who knows God but sadly we know that is not the case.

often we are more close minded than open minded and we are more famous for infighting and pulling each other down than building each other up.

there are historical reasons for this.

there still remains some apologizing to be done for the way certain cultures have lorded it over other  cultures and suppressed those parts of their  culture that were able to be redeemed for Jesus such as language, singing and dancing, art and music.

there is much bloodshed and slavery that has taken place and there is fault within all of us for this occurrence.

acknowledging wrong has taken place may be the first step towards healing and for ears to be open to us that by all rights should be open to us cos we share the same faith if not the same skin colour ( for those of us whose ethnic identity is more obvious than others).

we know that the devil is a liar and the father of all lies so if we hear a lie we know it comes from him.

we should not blame others or get angry at them for speaking lies about us or to us instead we should be mad at the devil who is influencing them like a puppet whether they are  consciously aware of it or not.

we should target the lies with the truth of God.

the devil cannot stand the sound of the truth being spoken so the best way to get rid of the devil is not to insult him or the intelligence of his pawns cos they can be very smart people but simply to speak the truth of scripture and to counter the twisting of scripture with the truth of contextual accuracy and let scripture speak for scripture rather than adding our own external interpretation.

the test of a false prophet or one with an anti Christ spirit is whether or not they habitually speak the truth or a lie.

those who are pathologically addicted to lying cannot help themselves but to walk in the spirit of deception of themselves and others.

one of the craftiest tricks of the devil is to use half truths to deceive the elect or those who have been called according to God’s purpose who have chosen to make HIm boss of their hearts.

we can tell when people are not listening to us because everything they say will either be our words twisted against us misinterpreted beyond its original meaning warped beyond belief or else they will attempt to deflect or swerve us off the path we are taking in our conversation by throwing curveballs at us in an attempt to distract us and prevent the truth from penetrating bone and marrow taking root inside their hearts.

it is technically not true that a liar is not able to listen but we have to understand what is going on in the spiritual realm.

although they may be able to repeat back to us everything we have just told them the truth has not sunk down from their heads to their hearts and they remain deceived with the wool of the enemy pulled over their eyes ( in a spiritual sense with the eyes of the heart) unless they are actively aware of the presence of the enemy and are fighting within themselves on a  conscious level to break free into the understanding we are attempting to convey to them.

you see while we are speaking the truth to them the enemy is flipping our words upside down and telling them the exact opposite of what they are saying or he could be filling their heads with dirty images, blasphemous thoughts, profanity or mocking words to throw at us when they consider they are good and ready to be tossed back in our direction whether or not we have finished sharing our piece or not.

of course some liars can be polite yet in their disregard for the truth they are simply doing themselves a disservice.

it is not those with good manners who go to heaven but those whose minds are set always on heavenly things.

Lord forgive me for those times when I haven’t listened to my brothers and sisters in Christ when they were attempting to bring me your nuggets of wisdom.

I know I am guilty of not listening cos I didn’t always apply your heavenly wisdom to my life and heed the warnings of these prophet like voices of the consequences of my actions if I stepped outside the will of God in my thought life, in my romantic choices, in the places I spent my time and the thoughts I chose to share with the faces I saw everywhere.

people talk of the difference between hearing and listening.

supposedly if you just hear and don’t listen you do not follow the instructions people have given you, you appear to pay no attention and have cotton wool in your ears when they tell you something is the wrong thing to do or you are wrong about a fiction you considered as a fact and then continue to proceed walking in deliberate intentional ignorance deceiving only yourself.

it is true that somebody will only believe in Jesus if they personally want to believe.

all the persuasive arguments in the world will not convince them unless they recognize their need for HIm.

sometimes it takes a crisis to wake us up to our need for Jesus.

I pray that the eyes of understanding will be opened for the whole world that they may become enlightened with knowledge of the truth of Christ’s deity and HIs ability to undergo a transforming work in their lives.

when we do not listen to those who we call fellow members of Christ’s body HIs heart is grieved.

I personally would prefer to bring it joy rather than cause it to weep or bleed out of pity for those among us who are sending themselves to hell with their actions.

many people find it easy to see Jesus as a friend but they choose to walk a different path when it comes to accepting HIm as messiah or saviour of the world and those who do accept this much may still baulk at the idea of calling Him Lord and submitting to His authority as master over their lives but in truth the two identities in fact the three are interchangeable and have a symbiotic relationship.

unless we obey Him we are His enemies we are unfamiliar strangers to Him we are liars and deceive only ourselves.

the fact that we act like His enemies doesn’t change the truth that He loves us and cares about us but He is only our father if we choose to make Him boss over our thoughts and decisions.

it is my hope and prayer that the whole world may walk in truth and not falsehood and that those who are running away from God may find themselves encountering Him in unexpected places where they never thought He’d show up forgetting of course He is everywhere if not in everything in the sense that everything is god though HIs handiwork is smeared all over His creation ❤

 

philippians 4:4-9

always be full of joy in the Lord .

I say it again- rejoice !

let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.

remember the Lord is coming soon.

don’t worry about anything instead pray about everything.

tell God what you need and thank HIm for all He has done.

then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand.

his peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

and now dear brothers and sisters one final thing:

fix your thoughts on what is true and honourable and right and pure and lovely and admirable.

think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me everything you heard from me and saw me doing.

then the God of peace will be with you.

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before I get into attempting to explain or go into detail or further thoughts on this word of the Lord I would like to share that the second last verse in this passage was one we tried and failed to learn as kids.

dad promised us if we learned it in a week he would give us a cash reward.

this bribery to motivate us into filling our heads and hearts with scripture didn’t work back then but it has since become somewhat of a life verse for me so associating the word of God with financial gain might have been the greedy boost I needed to connect it with meaning and significance in my life for better or for worse.

now to return to our regular programming schedule

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it seems like a hard task to always be full of joy until we consider that joy is not dependent on circumstances.

joy is not the same as happiness.

happiness is dependent upon everything going my way whereas joy has less selfish or self focussed motives behind it. if we are able to keep in mind that we have hope beyond the grave as an ever present reality then we have a reason to keep on living and motivation to put a smile on our faces no matter how much this world may weary us.

we are not called to boast in scripture but we are pushed by its author to make a show of being considerate towards others.

this doesn’t mean we should just be considerate when other pairs of eyes are watching us besides the pair owned by the one we are being considerate towards.

we should be considerate both of the consequences of our actions how they affect us as well as those around us as well as being considerate in the sense that we are sensitive towards others feelings while remembering our holy duty to speak the truth in love.

we are reminded that nobody knows the day or the hour of Christ’s return.

it’s a phenomenal mystery that He even hid this knowledge from Himself.

we know this world is coming to an end. it’s only a matter of time as to when it does

for Christians this is a reason for rejoicing not something to be scared about because we know every day bringing us closer to our deaths- the law of entropy heralds the return of our soon coming king whose eyes blaze triumphant with victory over sin and death and we are to be partakers of His glorious inheritance dwelling in a perfect world when He creates a new heaven and a new earth

some people may think that if they don’t worry they don’t care about somebody but that is not true.

we are urged not to let our fretting just drive us barmy and circle round inside our heads but to do something useful with it and take our needs and concerns to Jesus cos ultimately He is the only one who can fix it whatever your problem is.

notice it doesn’t say tell God what you want but He has those unimportant luxury items covered too.

there is no rhyme or reason as to why He chooses to bless us.

some would say this is contingent upon obedience to His will then explain for me please why the wicked prosper in some circumstances and the righteous live in the poor house

the only promises connected to obedience are found in the guarantee of long life if we do everything our parents tell us to do that is pleasing in His sight and the bankable certainty of eternal life if we walk all our days in the will of Christ and adopt a little piece of His mind as our own.

we must be careful to always have an attitude of gratitude.

we mustn’t be like the 9 blind men who got healed and didn’t run back to tell Jesus thank you very much for enhancing my life and improving my vision from useless to 20/20 super useful.

we must be like the one who did.

it’s too easy for us to just talk to God when everything is going wrong in our lives and then forget to thank HIm for the many ways in which He helps us perhaps unbeknownst to us or merely unacknowledged or blasphemously and callously dismissed as cowinkydinks.

for those of us that heartily knowledge God exists it shouldn’t be a problem taking a second to big HIm up give Him props or clicks and throw your hands up in praise of the ancient of days.

if you can think of nothing else to be grateful for you’re blessed to be breathing.

if you have food and shelter and a roof over your head that’s a reason to be grateful.

if you have access to the internet that’s more than some people in developing countries have.

( side note we are all developing in our own way towards maturity in Christ)

if you live in a country where you don’t have to worship God in secret where you cant even worship in your own house for frear of getting beaten up by the cops if you can freely talk about Jesus without being thrown in jail disowned by your family or given the sack from your job or even having your house burned to ashes then you should count yourself among the blessed ones.

it is not fortune that favours the brave.

it is Jesus.

fortune comes from fortuna a false idol.

Jesus favours the coward as well as the courageous.

He used the trembling kneed doubtful Gideon just as mightily as the brave gung ho Joshua.

he used the racist Miriam to praise HIm in song even though He  could foresee the possibility of her hating on her brother for hooking up with an Ethiopian.

when our life is beset with troubles it’s hard for us to comprehend God’s peace and even when everything is going right in our lives the peace we think we have is nothing compared to His peace that passes all understanding or His eternal state of peace of being totally free of war and conflict when we get to heaven and when He revamps this universe.

if you have His peace guarding your hart and mind you won’t feel the need to always retaliate or seek revenge.

you will be calm and leave it up to HIm to deal with your troubles and fight your battles for you.

He has promised in His word vengeance is mine I shall repay.

we do not and are urged by scripture not to drag our brothers and sisters through ugly court battles over petty insignificant matters.

this is not to say that there is anything wrong with the justice system cos it has its place in our society or else we would just embrace the chaos and have no concept of our own safety we would run amuck and it would be every man for himself or every lady for herself until the ones not fast enough on their feet starve to death while the greedy get fatter and fatter until they all kill each other off cos lust is always begging for more.

let’s just be a little less hasty when it comes to taking our siblings and friends to court.

let’s try and work things out between ourselves and take it to the Lord in prayer and keep HIm at the centre of our universe where He belongs then we probably wouldn’t find a need to grind our minds through the mincer of easily avoidable squabbles in the first place.

I have to confess I struggle to fix my thoughts on what is true honourable right peaceful loving and admirable.

I cannot even say that usually I am ok and just think lovely uplifting thoughts .

the truth is I am just skilled at hiding my true feelings and preventing explosions by being conscious of what other people think and living in fear of being thrown in the clink for acting like the missing link when someone rubs me up the wrong way.

I constantly need Jesus’s help to refocus my thoughts on what is excellent and worthy of praise.

now often in the world we get it twisted.

the problem is we are often sitting on the fence in our thinking patterns so the things we admire and the things we consider worth celebrating may be the opposite of what God considers worth leaping and hollering and clapping our hands about.

for an amoral example ( non moral related) consider how we go ape over sports achievements or somebody gaining a million dollars in their bank account when they win the lottery.

God doesn’t care about any of that.

He cares about whether you have enough to meet your basic needs, whether you injure yourself on the football field or basketball or tennis court , whether you sprain your knee when you are running, whether you are dealing with your rage instead of having it all bottled up gurgling inside you til the day you finally pop and go shoot someone or yourself.

God cares most of all about whether you are walking in His will whether you are living a life that is holy and acceptable unto Him whether you are actively sharing your faith with others.

the true definition of success is knowing you are going to heaven when you die.

and the greatest joy a man or woman can have is knowing their family will be up there with them besides the joy of knowing we are living in Christ’s heart as He is living in ours ❤

if we do not hear from God or see HIm doing something we should not do likewise.

no great symphonic orchestra musician became grand cello master of all the land overnight.

it takes time patience blood sweat and tears.

so it is with our Christian walk.

there is pain in the journey but joy to be found along the way and the greatest gain in the prize of eternal life.

how wonderful to think that Jehovah Shalom the only true definition of peace is with us and inside us.

how profound and transcendent.

in our busy world let us always remember to turn to Him and find freedom from all our woes cares and concerns.

we may lose our house in a fire or flood but we have a home in heaven.

we may be stuck in a hospital bed but He  can transport our thoughts and give us wheels and wings to speed us over the mountains and far away from our troublesome circumstances.

we may be in debt up to our eyeballs but as long as we are a member of HIs tribe we can guarantee our commander in chief will take  care of HIs squaws and young bloods ❤

 

love for others doesn’t mean the suppression of free expression of our faith

I wish I knew what it was that keeps pulling me back to my old way of life.

I cant blame chicks for posting pretty pictures of themselves cos I’m the one who chooses to look at them.

I have a sister so I have no excuse not to relate to members of the opposite sex.

but of course you relate to the woman you choose to marry differently than how you should ideally in a godly setting of the world to the fellow sharer of your mothers womb who knows all your business inside out and is always the first to call you on it when you mess up or display signs of spiritual or physical weakness.

they should also be one of the first ports of call when you need a shoulder to lean on or somebody to rely on when you are going through trouble in your life.

if your brother or sister or mother or father or aunty or uncle or some kind of relative cant bail you out of jail when you get on the wrong side of the law then its a poor show indeed.

still sometimes we get more love from those who are supposed to be our enemies than those who we would consider to be our fondest friends fighting on the same team as us.

its hard to figure out where people are coming from sometimes.

ive had a daughter of a witch and Buddhist having a crush on me who thought that people were still Christians if they swear.

I know some Christians who think that obviously they have never heard that scripture that goes whatever things are pure whatever things are lovely whatever things are of good report if there is anything excellent or praiseworthy meditate upon these things

philippians 4:8

she wanted me to lick the cream off her fingers.

I didn’t obviously not just because i’d probably be fired for doing something that would be considered publically unacceptable and inappropriate behaviour towards a workmate yet alone a young teenage girl who should have been old enough to know better but wasn’t but also because my Christian beliefs wouldn’t allow me to subject her to such demeaning of her personhood.

it’s funny how some girls can see it as a credit to you that you behave nicely and by the same token others can see you as boring for the same reasons.

still those who we may consider boring may still have something exciting to offer.

do we find safety and stability and dependability exciting.

if not then we should.

these are highly prized assets in a society that devalues relationships and gives up on people too easily.

some people cant see beyond their own skin cos they never traverse beyond their own immediate surroundings.

\we are becoming far more insular and decentralized destabilizing earth inhabitants.

of course if we are Christians we are ultimately citizens of heaven whose loyalty extends beyond geographic and artificially created boundaries.

does anybody who likes drinking or gambling ever listen to the warnings that they do so responsibly

maybe Kenny rogers knew when to walk away from the poker table but id haphazard a guess that most hardcore slot jockeys wouldn’t know restraint if it painted a black spot on their noses.

just because somebody has an original thought doesn’t mean you should celebrate it or emulate it.

not every idea is worth repeating.

not every thought benefits the world from being spoken out loud.

I just want everybody in the world to love each other and embrace their identity in Christ.

this is my dad’s heart also.

both my dads

earthly and heavenly

some of my homies spend all their romantic time together watching movies

then when theyre married or hooked up with babies all the memories they have together are based on somebody elses regurgitated celluloid experiences of real life which doesn’t always reflect real life cos it proposes a skewed view where almost anything that’s morally right is relegated to the sidelines of society and mocked into suppression or virtual non existence.

why is it that Hollywood had an age of moral purity then it just seemed to retreat into the shadows again and never come back to what it once was.

they talk about the golden age of Hollywood but it was never golden to me at that point in time.

that was the height of moral depravity and decay in celluloid.

the only thing that has changed is the amount of skin being shown and the excess of profanity has increased with the passage of time.

while there still remains girls in chobok forced into marriage to muslim terrorists I wont waste your time complaining about my pet peeve of people mispronouncing the year as twenty seventeen instead of two thousand and seventeen like a person who has completed their 12th grade education instead of short changing their future for flipping fries in a burger barn.

we also see the dumbing down of days being shortened to thirty one instead of thirty first. et all…

I guess my problem and conversely my greatest asset because of Gods presence in my life exclusively is the fact I don’t know where to quit.

I wish I had a girlfriend.

getting a relationship off the ground is the biggest problem for me.

the second biggest is maintaining it once we have taken off from the dizzy heights of initial honeymoon periods misty eyed surprise where everything is fresh and new and everything the other person says is exciting and wonderful and full of hope and promise and it seems like rosebuds hang on their every utterance and every syllable they utter is magical and miraculous and full of prophetic tingling and happy energy and the expectation of future snuggling as the sun collapses into the gaping mouth of the horizon.

I don’t know how I’m gonna handle having babies with my wifely woman but I’m sure God will help me step up to the plate and adopt the necessary maturity and responsibility when the time is right.

of course that time may never arrive if I never have a steady job and rely on words alone to make my pay all my days.

I don’t even know if my art has the potential to appeal to anyone who would actually consider the possibility of paying money for it.

they wouldn’t do so when I wasn’t making a red cent from it and it was intended to advance the causes of my local church.

maybe they would if my churches had bothered to promote it.

I’m hesitant to go back to a church that doesn’t believe in the wrath of God but only His loving merciful side.

if you only love half of Gods nature you don’t really love any part of Him cos its on the cross where justice and mercy kiss.

God is always just and always merciful.

you cant separate one part of HIm from the other and only love the parts of HIm that don’t make you feel responsible for your actions and guilty and willing to make a change in your life and do what pleases HIm instead of pleasing your own sad sorry self.

may God have mercy on our souls

may all of us whatever we believe reach out to Him wherever we are at in life

and know He is watching over us, caring for us, providing for us

even if He never slides into our notifications

take notice

He is always and ever will be with us ❤ 🙂

hobnobbing with eaglehawks

why do so many television programs, movies and music albums and videos and people’s mouths and ears have filthy words in them.

why do we make excuses for evil behaviour.

does restricting the overseas travel of registered peadophiles have any bearing on the reduction of kids being sold into sex slavery or young women being exploited by the pornographic and modelling industry, the former being so interlinked with the later they become almost interchangeable and indistinguishable.

it’s possible that it does but it might be better simply to track their movements as it doesn’t take into account compassionate leave cases such as when a sex offender needs to visit their dying or already departed relative or perhaps redeem their lives by using them for humanitarian purposes.

nobody is beyond Gods redemptive power even if society writes them off.

to completely eliminate sex slavery western governments must be more vigilant in imposing trade restrictions as punishment for exploitation of women and children .

one major evil that currently exists in the world is the public slaughter of known criminals by beheading in Saudi arabia.

is it any wonder jihadists imitate this kind of behaviour when it is a common place form of punishment in the Arabic speaking world.

to a certain extent we all must rely on help from government but ultimately all of us are dependent on Jesus for our breath and everything else.

if anyone can confirm whether as planned the holy bible was removed from American public libraries en masse please let me know so I can pray and believe with you for the reversal of that notorious decision.

if I had listened to my girlfriend when she said to just kiss her on the cheek and nowhere else and not to touch any part of her body that wasn’t covered up with wool or cotton thread we might still be in a relationship and I wouldn’t have wasted money on a ring for a fiancé that no longer exists in the form of my heart’s better half although compared to me she is still better by half. 🙂

I know there are far more deserving cases and faces worthy of attention than mine who don’t get the recognition they deserve for all the hard work they do on a daily basis diligently plugging away at their keyboards trying to blog on something that will stir the soul into activity, acting as a positive Christian alternative or more wholesome direction for our minds and eyes to turn as opposed to the nonsense that passes for entertainment with endless rehashing of clichés and in depth analysis of the inside of people’s eyelids.

sometimes when we speak people hear us wrong then we resent them for it and get angry bitter and twisted about it like a jagged metal krusty o cutting the insides of our stomach as it turns with every churn of our brewing belly of vomit.

the correct response of course is obviously to try better next time to make our voices clearly heard and understood and if even the mice in mexico( when youre all the way tucked up in Alaska) can hear you then you know the problem is them and not you.

some people are just jerks.

that’s all there is to it.

of course that’s not all there is to it cos like Gregory boyd says inside every child is a monster and inside every monster is a child.

when the receptionist gives you a hard time of it she has probably been at the receiving end of grouchy kids who don’t want to go to school or who are grumpy cos they didn’t get an extra fifty spoonfulls of sugar in their cereal bowl which was already more shiny from frosting than a small snow capped dwarf rival of the Himalayan mountain ranges.

is it stereotyping or just effective marketing to label all females who have kids and blog as mommy bloggers?

its like soccer moms.

they aren’t always ultra conservatives.

some of them actually have tattoos and bright pink hair and piercings everywhere.

yes I mean everywhere.

visible to the naked eye, the general exhibition  rated eye and otherwise

of course some of those people are conservatives too

if anybody thinks that patriot is synonymous with racism they obviously don’t know what it means to be a true embracer of the concept of nationhood with its necessary recognition of a multiethnic society which is practically anywheresville.

we have got to find a way to combine the compassionate nature of Christ’s heart which takes in the widow and the orphan and shows kindness to the stranger with the obvious strain on society by adding extra burdens of welfare payments with every illegal mouth that needs feeding which isn’t attached to a body that’s prepared to work for a living.

perhaps they could subcontract the jobs usually filled by hardened criminals in chain gangs to illegal immigrants.

often overseas contractors get major project jobs for infrastructure and transportation module systems and main roads anyway so you are just fast tracking the process.

I also think permission to build mosques and temples and houses of worship should be reserved for those whose own home countries permit Christian churches to build recognisable houses of worship and gather together in the name of Jesus to worship Him in spirit and truth.

also I don’t believe madrassas should be legal anywhere.

if muslims want to teach their kids about their religion they can do it at home like Christians are forced to do in their countries.

when they allow open evangelism on their streets then they should be afforded the same kindness but while a contradictory law exists in india and some parts of the middle east which allow for conversion by ex pats or prosletyzing to natives but not changing of religion such an outbreak of Holy Spirit transformation of people’s hearts and minds is being hampered by the selfish motives of people who would prefer others minds go blind into the grave rather than being permitted to be challenged by an alternative way of looking at the world.

I don’t believe homosexual education has any place in any school in any country under Gods sun.

not just in those countries that have openly declared allegiance to Gods son some of which seem ironically to be backsliding as fast as humanly possible away from the influence of His rays.

let them try His reach extends beyond the galaxies and is able to destroy any obstacle in the path of His truth’s progress if He so desires.

but He refuses to destroy us completely despite our occasional hearts of disobedience.

He has promised to always preserve a remnant of His people til He returns to take us home.

speedy come the day of your return sweet Jesus.

let us be ready for the moment of your revival to transform our world and perspective of ourselves forevermore

let heaven collide with earth as all our expectations for the future become superseded by the present reality of your presence infiltrating the atmosphere and clearing the path for your triumphant return as lumberjacks do the forest floor with a chainsaw’s grinding yell.

 

A few rapworld mysteries

On his remix to fanatic lecrae name checks Spurgeon in a positive or neutral sense. Later on church clap without explanation he switches loyalties by mentioning Spurgeon amongst practitioners of incorrect doctrine. I personally have no issues with Spurgeon. I haven’t studied him in depth but he has some useful bible verse commentary on biblehub.com . I wonder if tasha cobbs is inviting a curse upon herself by getting nicki minaj to bless her wedding. It makes me laugh as well as cry to think that nicki prefers to listen to gospel music and advocates that little girls avoid her music like the plague yet she continues to cultivate an image that’s a mixture of cutesy pie quirky kiddy bait mixed with her more raunchy risqué sexually provocative side. She can actually make a good Christian rap. So can lil kim n d.m.x . Yet though they see the need to cry out to God they see no wrong in simultaneously being purveyors of sonic n visual filth.

 

In more positive news t i and charlie Wilson have a song about how God provides for our everyday needs and blesses us.

I feel conflicted when I see Christian music videos featuring folks using alcohol and drugs.

I am especially shocked that any Christian artist in name or practice particularly a seminary educated one would use a rude word for poop in their raps or refer to females as dogs.

Worst of all possibly is a Christian rapper who wears an occultic symbol of an upside-down cross in his video.

Here’s hoping he’s either identifying strongly with peters fabled choice to be crucified upside-down rather than die exactly the same way as Christ or merely acting out of plum ignorance.

I am also on the fence about lecraes involvement in the soundtrack of a blasphemous movie called the shack as it contadicts his faith and the lyrics of his own song heaven and hell from his first album real talk.

He has previously discussed being pressurized by the Christian rap culture into writing in a certain mould.

I can relate to that dilemma.

There can be freedom n joy found within the confines of restrictions and boundaries.

For example we hear the old story of the young lady who wanted her momma to prevent her going to the party with kids boozing, shooting up or sniffing substances harmful for insertion in any veins or orifices cos she didn’t have the gumption to stand up to her homies and tell them she wasn’t interested in opening doorways in the spirit realm for demonic possession, getting strung out with stinking clothes and addled brain cells or waking up with a hangover or facedown in vomit gulch.

There’s a widely propagated misconception by attempted social reconstructionists to falsely impose their own values on millenials and deny the obviously widespread influence of conservative ideologies primarily rooted in Christian values.

As much as mainstream hiphop flirts with satanism or sexually exploits women and treats them as commodities rather than valuing their character, personalities or focusing on the positive contributions they can make towards creating a more compassionate and Christ focused society there still remains a vast majority of rappers who subscribe to the promotion of Christian iconography, attend church services either regularly or sporadically and frequently thank God for their success although this practice appears to be fading in popularity outside the dove awards and other gospel music award ceremonies.

One Christian rapper was known to joke if you gave that album as a sacrifice to God He’d probably dog you out like cain and toss it back again. 😂

ce ce winans quite rightly said an album by a genuine bloodwashed Christian instead of self confessed by lifestyle and lyrical evidence hypocrites like kanye n yonce should win album of the year.

After all most Americans of all religious persuasions 9r the complete lack of them has some kind of gospel related artist in their personal music collection.

The previously mentioned artist who let’s say accidentally flirted with satanic imagery has an album cover where he’s sitting on a desert island with what appears to be women he is both in a relationship cuddling up close to him.

Again evil is implied not overtly displayed.

As christians we are called to be above reproach in what we promote as much as in what we do behind the scenes in our own personal lives where only God’s eyes can reach us.

It boosts my spirit to see chance the rapper talking about how Jesus has changed his life.

I kind of think modern Christian hiphop needs more artists like cross movement.

The uks best equivalents are probably Dwayne tryumf or green jade.

In oz we truly have no match.

One guy purified is probably the best we have to offer even though he’s got a dirty mouth on him when he gets riled up in rap battles but hey everybody makes mistakes and probably 99% of the time he’s chilled with it.

We all gotta watch our gobs don’t become volcanoes of the non dormant kind though cause we’re surrounded by a great cloud and crowd of witnessing observing how we select to live out our faith everywhere we go.

Has a Christian rapper ever won scribble jam.?

An ozzie once did but he wasn’t a believer in Jesus

I think the Christian rap scene has more support in atearoa.

This is due to strong support and cross pollination from the dance and club culture.

The fast and the furious is probably the last major movie to give any love to Christian rap back when hitting curves was hyped in stadiums and grits were still tight with the mackalicious toby.

Christian female rappers domes are getting more shots at the big time from the Christian rap industry but it’s still a slow steady climb from the bottom of the valley to the peak of equal promo mountain.

Spoken word has probably been kinder in hyping the poetic musings of Christian females but most radio stations areyet to catch onto the commercially exploitative potential of even the most mediocre inoffensive poetry yet alone souled out life challengers that advocate daily crucifixion of selfishness, exposure of evils like slavemade clothing and child prostitutes globally or being willing to lay down your life for the sake of the gospels furtherance.

the case for Christ by lee strobel movie review

a man and his pregnant wife are at a café their daughter chokes on a gumball and almost dies but for the intervention of a nurse. the nurse says that she was directed to that café and not to another one by the Lord. this makes a huge impact in the wife who had a Christian upbringing but was turned off god by her atheist husband. the husband struggles with understanding his wife especially after she becomes a Christian following a further intervention of gods answer to prayer with saving the life of their baby boy. the husband becomes determined to prove Christianity and the message of the bible is untrue by exposing what he calls the myth of the death and resurrection of our lord jesus  Christ. his journey takes him to several experts who confound him with the truth with which he struggles. finally he has to admit that the gospel message is true and he believes receives and accepts Christ as his saviour. it was based on a true story of a person who later wrote many Christian books about his journey to faith and he became a pastor and a teacher at a theological college. he is part of willow creek community church pastored by rick warren the author of the purpose driven life. at first his wife responds to the incident in the café by saying she was lucky that she met a Christian nurse. she soon changes her tune to one that acknowledges the influence of Christ in her life. she was the same nurse who helped to deliver both their children. she went to a local church. the nurse influenced her to go to church. the husband lee attacks the nurse  verbally and tells her not to come near his family. he was working for the Chicago tribune newspaper. his Christian co-worker challenged him to go for the jugular and examine the truth behind the resurrection. he didn’t feel threatened by the potential that lee might be able to discredit his faith as a result. lee went to a medical doctor, a psychologist, pastors ( including a former archaeologist) as well as his atheist co-worker to obtain source material for his research. his travels took him to California. he found himself becoming increasingly enstranged from his wife as he found himself unable to reconcile himself with her newfound belief in something as opposed to nothing. she was angry at him when their daughter alley or Allison asks who is Jesus because the nurse at the café mentions the name of Jesus influencing her decision to choose the restaurant where alley was choking on her gumball. lee says that Jesus is a fairytale and doesn’t elaborate on who He is. He just says that they are a family of atheists and they don’t believe in God. his wife gets mad because she had previously decided with her husband to let their daughter decide for herself whether or not she believed in God. lee felt like his wife was cheating on him with Jesus. he was hurt when she said that meeting Jesus was the most significant event that had taken place in her life. he felt like he was playing second fiddle to Jesus. this is something we all must do. Jesus said anyone who doesn’t love me more than family and friends isn’t fit for the kingdom of heaven. we must be willing to leave everything else behind in order to follow HIm and remove from our lies everything that doesnt honour HIm . his wife had previously told him I will love you and only you. his boss wouldn’t let him publish a story on his journey from atheism to Christianity  cos he said he would be made a laughingstock. his wife prayed successfully that his heart would be turned from a heart of stone into a heart of flesh. his atheist co-worker has a bad relationship with his daughter because he is an atheist and she is a believer. Bertrand russel is quoted in the film. he was known to have had a bad relationship with his father. this is a common thread amongst famous atheistic authors. they often have father wounds. it is often said that the way we think or feel about our father determines the way we think or feel about God. this is evidenced in the movie by lees decision not to call his dad when he gives birth to a son. instead he forces him to read the announcement in the newspaper like everybody else. it wasn’t until he died that he discovered that his dad kept a folder of all his stories and kept the announcement of his joining the Chicago tribune as reporter in his wallet. he never knew that his father was secretly proud of him. from this we can learn the lesson that we always must express our pride in the achievements of those we love as well as our love for them in case we never get the opportunity to tell them. when the pastor presents evidence to lee he shows him a copy of homer’s odyssey as well as fragments of an ancient Egyptian copy of the bible. he says there is more evidence for the historical reliability of the death and resurrection of Jesus than there is for any other historical figure including Julius ceasar and Socrates. we learn from this movie that historical reliability is not discounted but confirmed by contradictions in accounts of the events that occurred cos this dissimilarity would make it less likely for two people to compare notes and fake an account. the closeness in time between Jesus’ resurrection and the first written accounts from unbiased sources is further proof of the accuracy of this event. the American medical association has published proof in their journal that Jesus’ death can be proven by medical evidence cos there is no way that He would have survived being pierced with a spear and blood and water flowing out of HIm which was a result of asphyxiation or losing His breath in His struggle to take one without pain on the cross. He was scourged with bits of bone and glass. He was whipped almost to the point of death which is why it was too much of a burden for HIm to carry the cross all by His lonesome.

one proof we get from the movie of Jesus’ death and resurrection being real is the fact that in a male dominated society the four authors of the gospels of matthew mark luke and john saw fit to mention that Jesus’ resurrected glorified body was first seen by women who went to prepare sweet smelling fragrances for His corpse.

yet further proof is found in the fact that no roman soldier worth his salt would allow a body he was guarding the tomb of to be snuck away on his watch or else his own head would be on the chopping block as a result.

the Islamic faith falsely claims that Jesus’ body was replaced by someone else on the  cross or that He was merely sleeping and later resuscitated in secret by the disciples.

there was once somebody who attempted to crucify himself for world peace.

he did not manage to endure the suffering involved.

Jesus did.

there was over 500 impartial witnesses to His resurrection including Pharisees who had a vested interest in seeing Him remain dead and yet were unable to deny the proof of His resurrected body walking among them.

also in the movie we see a man wrongfully convicted of injuring a cop.

in truth it was the cop that shot him first so the man sent to jail was set up .

he had shot his gun earlier in another incident that had nothing to do with the cop on that same night.

 

he was a member of the gangster disciples.

he felt like he was left with no choice but to plead guilty cos the evidence was pointed against him.

lees newspaper had to retract the story of his guilt in injuring a cop.

lee was so sidetracked by trying to prove his wife’s faith wrong that he completely missed the concealed weapon being carried by the cop in the form of an ordinary pen.

the guy he got wrongfully convicted told him that he missed the evidence cos he only saw what he wanted to see.

this is true of the way we all approach God.

at the end of the day it comes down to a personal  choice of whether we want to be convicted by the overwhelming evidence for God’s existence all around us.

lees Christian mate told him to put up or shut up in his search for whether Jesus was really who His followers claimed He was cos he had abandoned his search before he reached a conclusion that satisfied his previous delusions about the existence of God.

lee went from a guy who was full of his own ego trying to offload copies of his first published book on everyone in the office to being a humbled guy who approached life from a perspective of seeking to do what is pleasing to do in God’s sight before he satisfied his own personal needs.

in truth we all need to do what is pleasing in Gods sight we just don’t know we do until we want to do it. 🙂

it challenges some people’s perceptions of what exactly constitutes church when lee gives his heart to the Lord in front of his wife not using any fancy words but just pouring out his heart at the feet of Jesus and completely surrendering his life to His will.

we learn from the movie that lees daughter later became a Christian author and his son went to bible college.

lee went from storming out the house on his wife and sleeping on the couch to openly communicating with her about their shared faith and mutual goals to raise their kids in the ways of Jesus.

we get a mild chuckle over the fact that lee’s wife was joking about him doing his research on the bottom of a can of beer 🙂

one of the authors lee spoke to turned to Christ as a result of a personal crisis brought on by the death of his wife.

lee started out being able to talk to his wife about anything under the sun but it wasn’t until he decided to surrender his life to God that they were able to restore a free flow of communication with each other.

it was lee’s daughter who woke him up to his conscience by saying daddy stop being mean to mummy.

too many daddies are mean to their mummies

they may make the excuse that they don’t mean to be

they may even pathetically and in a cowardly manner attempt to pin the blame for their anger onto their spouse when they themselves are responsible for its source.

the reverse is also true in regards to how wives treat their husbands.

we do not see the movie openly explore the fact that the wounded look on the face of lees boss as a result of his story getting an innocent man wrongfully convicted may be influenced by the fact they share the same skin color as well as the personal burden placed upon the reputation of his newspaper as a result of this error in judgement.

his boss hates it when people swing the door shut on him.

only one time in the movie do we see lee respectfully closing the door in deference to his bosses’ personal preference of peace and quiet when he’s in the process of editing his thriving periodical.

it must have taken the African American nurse that helped lees wife all of her self  control and good graces not to burst out in anger but simply respond with a smile on her face when lee came flying at her spitting chips about the fact that she was influencing his wife to believe in God.

we can all learn a lot from that woman.

just because we have the democratic right to lash out and fight back with our mouths when someone attacks us doesn’t mean we should.

she achieved more by her silence and smiling response than she ever could by shaming him over his pathetic and hateful reaction to his wifes decision to  choose to make Jesus Lord of her life which didn’t affect his ability to breathe and live his life according to his wishes one iota.

he tried to forbid his wife from believing in Jesus to no avail.

she ended up persuading him to go himself even though he was motivated by a desire to do an expose on pastors getting involved in sex scandals.

God can even use people’s twisted motivations to bring them to the cross and redeem their souls.

in the movie lee referred to a john as a toilet or the client of a prostitute mocking the fact that his dad wanted him to name his son john after his middle name which had been a strobel tradition for generations but he refused.

his reasons are not mentioned but it is possible that lee was motivated by a reaction to his religious upbringing.

his wife is disgusted that he would use such colourful language to refer to a whore in front of his daughter.

he was not there for his wife to take part in her delivery of their second baby when he should have been because he was too busy gallivanting across the country in his attempts to refute the truth .

his wife’s nurse friend manages to console her and convince her to keep on fighting for what she believes in and to keep standing firm in her faith.

it is funny to see the paradox of lee and his wife both exploring faith simultaneously one with a mind to discover more about the truth and the other with the determination to eliminate its relevance to our daily lives.

praise God that lee’s marriage wasn’t destroyed by faith as he feared but enhanced and strengthened by it.

no matter what your religious belief or lack thereof you will find the same will be true for you in your relationships if you choose both Christianity and making Jesus Lord and master of your life, allowing HIm to guide your thoughts and decisions and to always consider what pleases Him as more valuable than what merely gratifies the desires of our flesh.

I was partially helped in my writing of this post by my dad’s ability to recollect the nitty gritty details of the movie and expand upon its themes.

it is sad to see that lee’s boss did not have enough value in their friendship to grant his wishes to pursue a story that would have actually brought more attention to his newspaper than he had ever deemed possible and potentially jettisoned it into the most widely circulated newspaper on the planet.

but of course we will never know what might have been only what has been and what is and with the help of the Holy Spirit’s prophetic knowledge through the bible and the spoken word of God what is to come 🙂

I would personally be interested in knowing as follow up if any of lees fellow reporters became a Christian as a result of his research knowing that lee was a man of facts and he would not stake losing his reputation and a well paying job on perpetuating a lie if he did not in fact know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was reporting the truth.

though some these days do not believe in journalistic integrity lee was from the old school where you investigate all the relevant facts before you publish a story and get references from as many sources as possible.

the only thing that disappointed me with this movie was that hell and sin weren’t ever mentioned nor repentance in the process of lee turning his life over to Jesus.

that doesn’t mean he didn’t say that.

it just means it wasn’t included in the movie.

lee was producer so he had some degree of control over the result of what was produced.

of course he would of had to negotiate with studio heads and publicity departments as to what was publically acceptable and what would be funded and green lighted by the movie company.

I am glad he was still able to exercise a degree of creative control over the story of his life.

his wife said that when she fell in love with Jesus her love for her husband only increased.

this is evidence of the transforming work that takes place in our lives when we decide to follow Jesus .

what He requires of us is more than a casual acquaintance but 100 % commitment to serve HIm in every area of our lives and worship HIm with each aspect of it.

it was amusing to see lee watching from between two trees as his wife became baptised.

it is important to mention that she was baptised in the name of the father the son and the Holy Spirit and fully immersed in lake water as this is the biblical methodology and precedent and not every church or believer in Christ believes in doing it that way although it is the only way that is best and right.

although we do not see lee getting baptized we can hopefully assume that he later did in fact make that step of commitment to Christ.

we do know he took a bold step by witnessing to his boss and proving that the boss of his soul was more important than any human who handed over his pay cheque regardless if he ended up in the gutter or a mansion as a result . 🙂

I pray that many will decide to make a commitment to Jesus after drawing their own conclusions about this movie and the validity of its claims.

it is a wordy movie so don’t watch it if you are the kind of person that prefers action packed block busters full of blood and guts , gore and explosive fireworks.

but watch it if you want a heart warming drama that will make you question the possibility of whether God exists and potentially decide to consider HIm for yourself if you do not already claim to be one of His followers and love HIm enough to lay down your own life for the furtherance of the gospel and deliverance of all mankind.

happy viewing 🙂

may God bless your journeys in life wherever you’re at in your walk with Him