The beloved enemy

To betray someone, that is, to hurt someone by not giving help or doing something morally wrong, has levels of intensity depending on the amount of love, trust, and commitment invested into the relationship.

As the Word of God explains, when an enemy shows deception, it is EXPECTED. That level of betrayal is hardly felt and the emotional strain from it can be avoided altogether BECAUSE of the expectation. However, when the enemy is loved by you, trusted by you, and you are committed to this person for WHATEVER reason, and have fully invested time and resources into this person and they betray…. the results can be devastating. How do you recover? How do you get through? How do you find forgiveness? So much has been burned and since trust is a VERY DIFFICULT THING TO REBUILD, this can become an aftershock that can last a lifetime.

Now how does this relate to us and our relationship with God? Many of us have this delusion that God can be walked away from AT WILL, vows can be un-kept (that was me), games can be played, we can get tired of God and try the enemy for awhile and leave God as an afterthought, we can play church until we get what we THINK WE WANT and then just ‘dip out’; not just ONCE, but OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN… we reproach God and expect that it has NO effect. Unfortunately… it DOES.

Ask yourself, how would you feel if someone you LOVE, CHERISH, AND HAVE SACRIFICED FOR did that to you? Would you be okay with it? Would you brush it off? Would you continue to show them forgiveness and understanding and love as God has for us in our continued betrayals? Is this FAIR to God? And would God be justified in turning God’s back on us when we reproach God? I wonder…

Referencing- Psalms 55:11-14

I took my first selfie- The final.

Many will not get this. We do not always see issue with the things the world loves, accepts, or worships especially something this seemingly insignificant. I have seen a rapid increase on social networks regarding the ‘selfie phenomenon’ and when the world starts to love a thing, it is usually a fatal distraction derived by the enemy.

The enemy has found a sure fire way to feed the egos of the people, and since our arrogance is one of our GREATEST spiritual weaknesses, we have succumb to this. Even the churches have been blinded to this because it was subtle, and fun when introduced. Even those engaged in the practice of global terrorism are selfie addicts. It may seem like a crazy conspiracy, yet take a moment to look at it more closely. You may be surprised…

  
(Isaiah 44:9)

Thought of the Day- One of my favorite topics

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Time to think!

Back in the 80’s, the Reagan administration started a campaign that was designed to resolve the injection of illegal narcotics into the minority communities; they called it ‘The War on Drugs’.

While this was a great effort to resolve an ever-growing problem, it was only a band-aid to the ORIGIN of the issue. You see, it was not the drugs that caused so much death and destruction in the community… it was the DESIRE FOR POWER. The drugs were a catalyst to the true source; the IF, AND IF, THEN scenario that IF you sell drugs, AND IF you get money from selling drugs, THEN you will have the POWER you seek.

Of course, this illusion of POWER is what also caused then, AND NOW, the relentless bloodshed that plagues the minority community to this day, yet no one is trying to get to the ROOT OF THE PROBLEM, so to speak, because man STILL FOOLISHLY BELIEVES that solving the END RESULT of a thing will solve the WHOLE thing.

Ask yourself this: do you think that a person who kills another person does it for the sole sake of taking a life? Remember, that taking something from someone else, especially by force, brings a sense of POWER to the taker… the more valuable (i.e. someone’s LIFE), the more POWER they feel. (The movie ‘Highlander’ depicts this very well).

The ‘Jenga’ Ministries

 The Word of God is perfect. It has stood strong in the hearts and minds of those that have chosen to follow, and never has forsaken anyone who has stayed true to it.  It grows with man, and helps man to grow; its dynamic and never needed modification, and addendum, nor required assistance in being what it is… The Word of God. It has been retranslated into many forms for clarity by man, yet its core still holds true each and every day, yet man has NOT truly believed this. man has looked at Gods Word as dated, uninteresting, difficult to control, yet ironically, a resource OF CONTROL when it comes to the people. 

 Now, as the Enemy has further infiltrated the House of God through the injection of non-believers posing as ‘preachers, ministers, pastors, bishops, and other forms of ministral authority’, Gods Word has been further bastardized and picked apart, creating a cacophony of confusion and legions of followers pack the churches to get an incomplete message that caters to ther desires of wealth, fame and power. They support the fallacy, even to the point of defending it; they do not question the unrelated material placed before them, because they are bred to believe that this person before them was ‘called to lead’, yet they never ask where this person was called to lead them to; there is a GREAT DIFFERNCE.

   In the game of Jenga, the players first start off with a complete tower. It stands strong because all the pieces work together to keep it sturdy. The object is to pick pieces from different areas of the tower and place them on top, eventually creating a tower that is unsteady until one pulls a piece and makes it topple… Then the game is over.

In ‘Jenga ministry’ the concept is the same, except the pieces are only removed and never replaced. The tower doesn’t grow, it only becomes completely unsteady, until it topples. It topples in the minds of those that are taught that The Word of God in its current form isn’t good enough. It topples when the people are lead to believe that God needs ANYTHING from them,especially money. It topples when the teachings of Christ are distorted in order to gain a quantity of blind followers who see God as a resource to be extorted, NOT a source of life. It topples when these non-believers arrogantly state that my title makes me right, and the people agree, and these people are then sent out into a war where they are ill-equipped to fight because they have given dull and broken weapons, rusted and I’ll-fitting armor, and have no idea that the enemy is the one who they THINK is their friend, as the true Enemy inducts legions to its cause, and are trained thoroughly for the war ahead. It topples when the media makes folly of the ministry through foolish ‘reality shows‘ which have NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD NOR THE REALITY OF WHAT GOD REPRESENTS. It topples because Gods Word is stripped of life in the hearts of the people and is reduced to a book of chronological and historical accounts that hold no value to anyone.

This is what is accepted. So many men and women go out of their way to try and prove that Christ didn’t know what He was talking about and that God is not needed each and every moment of your life… Only when the rent is due, or they need a man or woman or a job, or money, or that the commandments of God don’t apply because the governing body says so, or when it is acceptable to the masses; we conveniently forget that what we accept doesn’t make it acceptable.

So what do we do? As a people, it is obvious that we care less and less of it until it finally goes down the drain and all that is done is undone. As a person, we MUST pray and seek God for a way out of the bondages that we place ourselves in; we seek understanding from God and not ourselves nor others, we realize that there is a war that in spite of our BEST EFFORTS (meaning those efforts that only involve US), we are not ready to engage. We finally trust Gods Word in its entirety. We stop playing Jenga with It and know that It is what is best and needed in AND for our lives.

(Ephesians ch.6:vs. 10-18, Hebrews ch.4:vs. 11-13, Proverbs ch,3:vs. 5-9, Romans ch.14:vs. 11-12, John ch.6:vs. 32-40, Matthew ch.22:vs. 17-21)

Dangerous misconceptions- The enemy is predictable

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The enemy is NOT this easy to see.

We think that, unlike God, the enemy’s movements are decipherable. That the enemy has a set of rules that MUST be followed and abide by, and that gives us the advantage that we need to ‘defeat’ the enemy. We can take the enemy for granted, believing that the evil of this world is man’s and man’s alone; we are duped into this level of thinking to distract us from the strings tied to our minds. Many are willing participants in the war against God’s Will and this war has waged since the beginning. All that has changed are the resources used. We have given the enemy much ammunition to use against us because of the lust for power that we can never have past our illusions. When we THINK we have the pattern, the pattern dramatically changes.

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The problem is our desire to handle something that we can NEVER grasp. We write laws and statutes that are ONLY limited to punishing the tool, not the wielder. We teach about the physical, the psychological, and the emotional, yet deem the spiritual far-fetched or ILLUSIONAL because of the LACK of the ability to CONTROL it. The tangible is what we think is the ONLY real, so the enemy is seen as some concept that is used by religious fanatics to explain off or even excuse the actions of man, yet they are the paths to the truth that is not something that the flesh was ever to understand. that is why the physical mind is so easily tempted, misdirected, confused, manipulated, influenced, cross-signaled, and controlled. Once the mind is taken, the body will follow, so we sit in the midst of our own destruction, while we blame each other for the inability to see past the fallacies placed before us.

The truth is, we can only expect the UN-expected in this war.

The ministry of ‘Smaug’: Spiritual Desolation

smaug2The increase in the assault against the Catholic church has been consistent for some years now. Those that have came forward claiming sexual abuse from priests within the church has caused a great disunity, division and other forms of conflict in this nation, especially. This is not isolated to the Catholic church, yet the focus on it shadows the indiscretions of other religious transgressions; rest assured, the plague of ministry stigmas are everywhere, even though the media would make it look otherwise.

This blog is not focused in any way on bashing Catholicism or any religious faith; that is a unnecessary, unproductive and shows a lack of real understanding of the actual issue. This post is tied to the men and women that are being influenced by the Enemy and thereby becoming key components in the overall mission to undo all that God has done. Remember, beloved readers; there is a much larger agenda being played out and its almost ALWAYS OVERLOOKED. Why, because the enemy knows that we as people rarely EVER look past the surface, and this flaw is what has been used to further our destruction. Okay, let’s get to it.

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So what does a fictional dragon have to do with anything I am talking about? Glad you asked…

Let’s begin with The Word of God first; always the BEST place to start. In the New Testament, the book of Ephesians starting at chapter 6, verse 10 states, “10-Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. 11-Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12-For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13-Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14- Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15- And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16- Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17- And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18- Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit (this is especially for those prayed up buzzword believers… no such thing), and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

Okay, in the book ‘The Hobbit’, Smaug was a character that was depicted to be invincible, not because of his teeth, nor his ability to fly, or spit flames from his mouth or anything like that, BUT because of his skin, which was considered IMPENETRABLE. It was his natural armor against anything that man could throw at him, BUT in his ROUSING ARROGANCE he did not see his vulnerability, which was a small hole within the armor that was a direct shot to his heart which ultimately led to his death.

Men and women who decide to become servants to God through ministry, as the Word of God depicts MUST protect themselves with the armor of God at all times, from head to toe, seeking strength through the Word, and through consistent prayer, be able to REPAIR ANY DAMAGE THAT OCCURS WHEN THE ENEMY ATTACKS. Here’s the big issue, like Smaug, many that have positions within the churches believe that they are impenetrable; they believe that their MAN-GIVEN titles, their memorization of scripture, the undeserved perks, the delusions of grandeurs, etc… are enough to thwart the enemy, yet these issues create holes within their armor, if they’re even WEARING ANY IN THE FIRST PLACE.

The enemy rides the backs of many that enter the church, but the real victory is when those that are considered to be men and women of God are used to infiltrate and reek havoc in the ministry, thereby causing doubt, confusion, and eventually a lack of faith and belief in God because of it. The arrows of sexual indiscretions in the forms of infidelity, abuse and assault that has gone on for years from lack of SPIRITUAL protection and/or an egoistic belief that it is not needed cause ‘I am a priest, evangelist, minister, deacon, missionary, pastor, cleric, choir director, praise leader, church mother, usher, bishop, cardinal, monk, apostle, overseer, or pope’. We that are placed in positions to be spiritual soldiers are not supposed to be the PROBLEM.

So how do we resolve this epidemic that has gained great momentum in its goal to destroy the ministry from within? First, the Word of God tells us to ‘be strong IN THE LORD…’ (Ephesians 6:10a). Having the understanding that I, YOU, WE ARE NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO DEAL WITH THE ENEMY ALONE, is a necessary reality check. The enemy is been doing this well before us and will continue to do this long after us. It has eons of practice, and we have only seen a small, small fraction of the tactics used, yet we can no longer ‘bring a DULL knife to the gun fight, expecting to make something happen’.

Next, we must REALIZE THAT THIS WAR IS BEYOND THE FLESH, (Ephesians 6:12). No amount of man laws, statutes, etc… will EVER stop the enemy from its goal. For example, it used to be that when someone kills someone, usually he or she is apprehended, thus allowing the laws to inflict its form of ‘justice’… now the murder-suicide rate has increased exponentially… what can man’s law do to the dead? We are left with no form of justice… just pain, sorrow, and the fragile faith of God’s people is all but non-existence. The era of the non-believers have increased and many more follow in its wake.

Next, we must protect ourselves with all that God has provided to withstand the war that is and is to come (Ephesians 6:11, 13-17). Each piece has a purpose; each piece is designed to keep us safe in times of tragedy, confusion, hatred, fear, depression, oppression, temptation, and any other assault that can inflict physical, emotional, mental and spiritual damage. We have to leave the arrogance at the door, believing that what we do without God makes a difference when it comes to our salvation (Where YOU are, God is NOT).

Lastly, and MOST IMPORTANT, we MUST USE PRAYER AT ALL TIMES TO REPAIR THE CRACKS AND KINKS THAT OCCUR WITH EACH AND EVERY ASSAULT (Ephesians 6:18). Prayer creates and builds YOUR REALTIONSHIP WITH GOD. It is not just a one-sided conversation, but a opportunity to open dialog with Spirit. In spite of what we have been misled to believe, THE TITLE DOESN’T ENSURE THAT THE PRAYER WILL BE HEARD AND/OR ANSWERED QUICKER! This delusion REALLY needs to be eliminated. There are many scriptures that tell us to pray and even HOW to pray, but I have YET to read one that says that this title or that title has precedence. Your prayer has JUST AS MUCH POWER AS THE PASTOR, BISHOP, PRAYER WARRIOR, APOSTLE,  WHOMEVER… in many cases, even more so, especially when your FAITH and SINCERITY is a prime factor.

I will leave it here; the Smaug in us must be vanquished. May God bless and keep you.

(Ephesians ch.6:vs.10-18)