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Traffick

Let me preface this saying, this is not about getting rich and getting a lot of money. And I am going off topic for this post, but for a reason.

People determine wealth as money most of the time. If someone has a lot of money, people think they are wealthy. The dictionary defines wealth as prosperity, external happiness. But not all wealthy people are happy.  And there are places in the world where if you have running water in your house, you are considered wealthy. So the word wealthy is subjective.

One of the failures in recent “public” education is the teaching of wealth. Now stick with me for a bit. Public schools are an avenue of indoctrination. In the old days we had school houses run by locals. Then governments got involved by taking a percentage of every person’s income (through taxing them) and the governments would use your money to build schools and hire teachers to teach your children what they thought should be taught. Governments would also bill you every year through school taxes to pay the teachers and maintain the schools, at least that was the plan.

One has to ask if school houses were the better way to go. So governments set up schools using your money (because governments do not produce income, they take income from the people) and in the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s the schools used God’s word, God’s principles and prayer. We had generations growing up with this type of education, the principles of God’s word.

As the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s came, the “public” schools changed their curriculum and threw God out. They threw the scriptures out and they threw prayer out, all under the umbrella of “civil” liberties. (Civil liberties mean the policy and procedures of a community or government, not individuals). It was also during this time that England started exporting Charles Darwin’s teachings of evolution. And now we have generations who have grown up under different teachings.

The world says this is explained as a “generation” gap but it is really the generations were taught different teachings. And one day, if Jesus tarry, there will be no teachings about God unless believers stand firm on God’s word and teach God’s word and God’s principles.

You see, there was a switch made. The switch was started in the 50s and 60s and manifest in the 70s and 80s in public education. God was thrown out of public education. And now we have generations who have been taught the world’s ways, the world’s principles. And when things don’t go as taught or planned, we get chaos.

Wealth and money are one of these principles. And not that I planned on writing about wealth, I didn’t. But I have said, I post what God puts on my heart to post. And why am I posting this now? Because I heard a preacher the other day use the word traffick. It was the way he used the word that puzzled me. So let me ask you, what do you think of when you hear the word traffick? What does traffick mean?

The thing that caught my attention was when the preacher said God has a way to traffick. AND Satan knows God’s way of trafficking. I had never heard such a thing in almost 34 years of being saved. Have you? So I wrote down the word and his scripture reference. Later I looked traffick up in my 1828 dictionary and saw it is defined as trade; commerce by barter, buying and selling. Exchange or passage of goods or merchandise and not necessarily retail. To my surprise, traffick is a word that deals with wealth.

But the comment that Satan knew God’s way of traffick? When I looked traffick up in my concordance I found traffick is not bad but a way of obtaining wealth. Joseph tells his brothers to traffick in the land when they came to Egypt in Genesis 42:34. And we read in Ezekiel 28:5 KJV  “By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:”

Notice it is not the traffick that was “bad” it is the pride that came from acquiring wealth from trafficking. Today, when trafficking is used it has a negative connotation because of “criminals” trafficking drugs or weapons. Jesus used trafficking in a teaching but he called it trade in Luke 19:15 KJV  “And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.”

Notice in Luke 19 it was after the nobleman received the kingdom he sent his servants out to traffick / trade. So the trade was not for building the kingdom but used after.

So when Donal Trump talks about trade, you know he is talking about trafficking and trafficking or trade increases wealth. So NAFTA and the TPP are trade or trafficking agreements meant to create wealth for someone. If the agreement is not fair, it is taking wealth from one to give to another.

So you have to ask yourself, what do you traffick? If you want to increase “riches” as Ezekiel says, by wisdom and trafficking it can be done. Today, we look at trafficking not only goods but also services. God has given each of us gifts and talents and desires where we can traffick. Hopefully, people use these God given gifts and talents to bring honour and glory to the Lord as they obtain wealth.

Until next time.

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Reset Buttons

As we start 2017 we have hopes and expectations. Many people make resolutions to change areas of their life. Some people even lay out goals and aspirations. New years  are like pressing a reset button, it is like people reset their life.

As Believers, our number one goal should be to share the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ Our Lord with everyone. Then we work with God  to change us,  to mold and make us and do what the Lord created us for –  our purpose. Why? To fulfill our destiny.

As I mentioned before, when I was growing up, my family did not know God or Jesus or anything about scriptures. My father left my mother for other women. He left my mom with a bunch of kids to fend for herself. He never provided for us and he didn’t help my mom or us.  So you take a woman who grew up in the thirties and forties who was taught women don’t need an education. Women are supposed to stay home and take care of her husband, the kids and the house and that is what my mom did. But my father left for other women. He walked out and  sprinkled babies everywhere he went leaving women to fend for themselves.

My mom’s parents did not help my mother. Now, when I look at my mom’s situation and what it was like it truly is a miracle from God that we made it, all of us. Put yourself in those shoes no education, no job, a rented house, a bunch of babies, no car or driver’s license.

My mom needed to learn to drive and to get a car, she did. Later, one time we were all going someplace and she made the wrong turn in a traffic circle and a guy yelled out his window at her,  ” Hey lady, where did you get your driver’s license?”  My mom yelled back,  ” Sears and Roebuck on a Sunday with cereal box tops, where did you get yours?”  I will never forget that day, we all laughed over Mom’s response.

God helped my mom get a good job and later my mom decided to go to night school. She struggled with the math classes so my older sister tutored her and mom passed all her classes with the highest scores in the class. She was a fighter and fought for what was right and fair and was a fierce protector of all us kids.

But a single mom working full-time and keeping up a farmhouse and all of us kids, did not know God. Mom often said she would talk to God and ask him to help her but she didn’t know anything about him so she couldn’t teach us about God.

One of my brothers was the first to get saved in our family when he was about 22 years old but he never told any of us. Later, he confessed to me that he got saved for God to get him out of a situation he got himself into. Once the situation was resolved he went back to his old self.

But when I got saved at 27 years old I told everyone in my family. I wouldn’t shut up about Jesus and salvation.  Not that I want to toot my own horn,  I don’t. I wanted to share what I had because I loved my family. Because my mom knew it was God who helped her all those years she just didn’t know him,  he was faithful to show her how to get to heaven and how to know him and he used me.

Friends, as we start a new year let us first be sure we have repented of our sin  and asked Jesus into our heart to save us and we will go to heaven when we die in this body. And remember, sometimes people say or do stupid things because they have just gone through an event in their personal life that has rocked their life. Something may have put someone’s life into chaos.

We have to learn how to help people work through difficulties trusting God, using prayer and God’s word for guidance and helping each other. My mom refused any government assistance and we never were on welfare or food stamps. As I said, mom was a fighter. But people, like my mom, are often too proud to ask others for help and many turn to God for help. And God uses people to help others out. So be a vessel in 2017  God can use you to bless others and God in turn will bless you more.

Galatians 5:22-26 KJV  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
[23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
[24] And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
[25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
[26] Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”

Until next time.

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2017 And Psalms 115

As we start 2017 with renewed hope and excitement we have the promises of God to trust. I wanted to share some promises that recently reaffirmed God does bless us. The Lord promises to increase us and our children. And heaven, and the heavens are the Lord’s but the earth he gave to mankind. I hope you will throughout the year, speak these verses out loud and settle it in your heart, the Lord protects, blesses, increases and shields us. So I share these promises, not only to nations, but individual people too.

Psalm 115:1-18 KJV  “Not unto us, O Lord , not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.
[2] Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?
[3] But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.
[4] Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
[5] They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:
[6] They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:
[7] They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.
[8] They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.
[9] O Israel, trust thou in the Lord : he is their help and their shield.
[10] O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord : he is their help and their shield.
[11] Ye that fear the Lord , trust in the Lord : he is their help and their shield.
[12] The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us ; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.
[13] He will bless them that fear the Lord , both small and great.
[14] The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.
[15] Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth.
[16] The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s : but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
[17] The dead praise not the Lord , neither any that go down into silence.
[18] But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the Lord .

Until next time.

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Thanksgiving Week

As the world starts preparing for their shopping bonanza, I wanted to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is unlike any other ” secular ” holiday because it is a day mankind, America in this case, has set one day out of the year to give thanks to Almighty God for everything.

Not only is Thanksgiving a time to thank God for his bountiful blessings on us but a time to give thanks for everything. So I wanted to take this Thanksgiving week and each day of this week, to thank God for many great things he has done. I hope you will share how you are thankful to God for how he has touched you, your life and your family.

First, I want to thank God for our Saviour Jesus Christ. If God did not manifest himself in the person of Jesus Christ to take care of mankind’s sin, we would still be in our sin.

1 Timothy 3:16 KJV  “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

Isaiah 7:14 KJV  “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

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Thank You Lord God

When the national anthem brings tears to your eyes and you have loved and served America and God, just to watch a decline of a country you love, relief is sweet. I have not posted political information on this blog. Yes, I have pointed out some things but been careful to stay focused on scripture. Today, I have relief.

When Americans say we are a democracy or they suggest we eliminate the Electoral College, they do not understand the foundation of our nation. America is not a democracy. America is a Republic. As a Republic, we have a representative from of government. What does a representative from of government mean? Do you know?

A representative form of government means we elect representatives from districts all around our nation. These representatives are accountable to their constituents, those who elected them in their districts. These representatives are called delegates. And these delegates vote on our behalf. If they vote against us, we do not vote them in next time.

The reason the founders of America set things up this way is because this held the representative’s feet to the fire so to say. They are held accountable in their district. It makes elected representatives understand this is not about them but it is about what the people say. They serve the people and only the people in their district. Each of the states are sovereign. Another words, each state in these united states rules their own state by the laws of their state. As sovereign states we elect a representative, delegates for our state. The reason is these united states of America don’t answer to a rule of a federal government but the federal government is suppose to be guided by the state’s representatives. This is 3rd grade material that was once taught in “public” schools.

So our elections are based on the Electoral College which is made up of all these representatives called delegates. These delegates select the president in elections. These delegates base their decision on the people they are accountable to, their constituents.

There is the delegate vote and the popular vote. There have been a few, very few, times where the delegates select someone different than the popular vote but their decision was based on the people in their district. Donald Trump has remarkable characteristics like Andrew Jackson had. Andy shook things up too.

If you remove the Electoral College however, you change the foundation of America and we are no longer a Republic. And when people express a desire to eliminate the Electoral College they show their ignorance in why our founders set things up the way they did. Which brings me to my title.

Many, many Christians were praying for God to spare us, Americans, from a person whose platform threw God out. Spare us from a woman who cared more about lining her personal pockets and the pockets of her friends than she did about America, our Constitution or God. No, Donal Trump is not perfect, neither are we. But Donald Trump believes in God, looks to God and loves America and the American people.

For about a year now, every night my alarm would go off about three minutes to nine at night. The word was sent out that from then until election day, at 9pm every night, Christian believers would pray for our country. Ask God to help us. Spare us from an ungodly person who rejected him. And I was down on my knee at 3:15 am this morning, giving God thanks and praise.

It is not a matter of what candidate I support. I have two criteria: Where and what evidence do we have about their position with God and Israel? What do they see and do for America (which includes their position and understanding of the Constitution ) ? Then I examine fruit.

So today, I thank God for answering the prayers of hundreds of thousands of true believers who have been praying for this election. Now we need to pray God Almighty direct and protect Donald Trump and his family. God Bless America!

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Power Of The Church

In our last post Untangle Confusion – 1 we mentioned the church was first mentioned, by Jesus, in Matthew 16:18. Jesus said the church was not built yet when he said [ I will build my church ]. Jesus said the church would be built on a rock, not Peter the stone. You can read the Untangle Confusion post for an explanation. Notice the church is not Peter’s but the church belongs to Jesus. I am going someplace with this.

Matthew 16:13-19 KJV
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
[14] And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
[15] He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
[16] And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
[17] And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
[18] And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
[19] And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Couple of things to point out yet. When Jesus said he will build ( meaning it was not built yet ) he was going to build the church on a rock ( himself ) and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Shall is a promise, so it is like saying the gates of hell will not prevail against the church ( I promise ). Think of how you use the word ( shall ). It is like you are promising. So when Jesus said the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church, it was a promise.

So let us look at this logically.
~ Jesus was speaking to his disciples.
~ He tells his disciples he is going to build a church.
[ How do you build something?  You lay a foundation and not on sinking sand but on rock. Hence the parable of the two builders in Matthew 7:24-29. ]
~ The church that will be built is built on rock, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4) not built on Peter, not Mohammed,  not the pope, but on Jesus Christ.

According to John the apostle in the Gospel of John, Jesus is the Word. The word of God made flesh. So not only is the church built on the Rock, Jesus Christ and what he did at Calvary ( shedding his blood to pay for the sin of the world) but the church is also built on the Word.

The word of God is the scripture and the scripture was made flesh in Jesus Christ. So if man alters the word of God through new translations based on some man’s interpretation of scripture, how can the church be built on rock? It can’t. When man alters God’s word based on man’s interpretation of the word, man is building with wood, hay and stubble.How do I know this?

1 Corinthians 3:10-11 KJV  “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
[11] For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Then look at the building process.
1 Corinthians 3:12-13 KJV  “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
[13] Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”

And the building process is yes, for the church, but also for us individually as members of the church.

And what about the church building on Jesus Christ, the Rock, the Word? The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church. It is a promise. The word prevents the gates of hell from prevailing. The power of the church is in the Word. The church ( Jew and Gentile believers as one body ) have power and that power is the Word, if they know it or not, they have it.

And look at the rest of the comment Jesus told Peter in Matthew 16:19 –
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Jesus said he is going to give to Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Not the kingdom of God and not the church. And when Jesus said, ” I will give ” he did not say I give. Jesus said I will give meaning future time not now. So the kingdom of heaven is a future kingdom.

Until next time.

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