Archive for November, 2012

When Evil Comes

November 30, 2012

I had just settled in for along winters nap…  okay wrong story… but… I just tucked myself into bed for the evening and opened the Bible to Psalm 91:5 “You shall not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by the day; nor for the sickness that walks in darkness, nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday.”

I want to encourage someone as the Holy Spirit gave light to this passage. See, we sometimes think that bad things aren’t going to happen, but this passage tells us it WILL come, BUT… when it does come, not to be afraid!!! I got a huge revelation on this just now realizing that whatever comes our way, God is greater and able to fulfill his will in that situation. Sometimes we get to go through the fire, sometimes we will smell like smoke, sometimes we will not. I’m understanding more how this world is a time of trials to test us to see if we are going to believe and trust HIM no matter what.

Yet, the cool thing is… even if we “miss” the mark, God is with us. And IF we make Him our refuge… by trusting Him in all areas, even during the bad or hard times… evil won’t be able to come upon us, nor any disease. (vs 10).

Both ways are spoken in this passage and we don’t know what is going to come our way, but know this… it’s for the glory of the Lord, and for our growth in faith, to continue renewing us into the “new man.”

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Do You Need More Faith?

November 7, 2012

As a minister, one of the questions I always get asked is, “How do I get more faith?” 

The truth is, everyone has been given faith, a measure of it, to live in. It’s not that we need more faith, it’s that we need more grace.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

That says it all. It’s grace that we need, and faith is the conduit to receiving more grace. I share it this way, imagine a drinking straw. Look through the end of it, you see a narrow space. It doesn’t matter how LONG the straw is, but what is important is how wide the opening is. As we receive MORE grace, which is God’s perfect love, it will EXPAND the faith we have! The Bible even talks about God’s goodness causes us to grow in faith and change more and more into his likeness.

And I like this passage found in: Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

It’s the Love that we need to activate our faith, not the other way around.

In my ministry and teachings, the main focus is to receive God’s perfect love on an individual basis. Until we have that working in our lives, our faith may be shipwrecked (1 Timothy 1:19).

Please see my teaching website at: http://www.truthfrees.org. You will find so much that may help like many others.

Sugar and Meat… what does the Bible really say about these?

November 7, 2012

Well… I have to say that as we continue seeking and searching for answers, they will eventually come… and this came for me. I’m not here to tell you what to do, I am going to share what I found in the scriptures that helped me make some life-changing decisions.

We all know that food has been altered, colored, stripped of nutrients, etc… but what I didn’t really know (or want to know) was what God said all along. He was already protecting us from harmful hormones, diseases brought on my too much toxins, and insulin from sugars, etc.. and so I will share with you what I found.

Just in the past 3 weeks, all this came together. Mind you, I have been “trying” to change my eating habits for years based on health information, nutritionists and doctors, but it never really stuck. Well, it’s sticking now.

The first thing I saw with such such clarity for the first time (I’m hard headed) was that the word “meat” in the Bible doesn’t mean animal meat. Genesis 1:29 (right from the start of the Word of God) He tells us what meat is: And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

Hmmm…  Why did I over look that? It’s because this world says we need meat from animals for protein, yet don’t realize we are eating things dead and offered to idols. Because throughout history, animals were often offered as a sacrifice to idols. They were even offered to God for a blood atonement for salvation before Jesus came and paid the price our sins… that is why we don’t offer burnt offerings anymore. And as I began studying this more…  another passage was brought to me: Acts 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

Keep ourselves from blood and things strangled? When we eat that nice juicy steak… what makes the juice? The blood! And when we eat chickens, they have been strangled… they are hung, their necks are wrung..  wow…  

Even though the health professions in nutrition have stated all along to refrain from meats… I can now truly do this because of what God says about it. 

Then there is the sugar! Ouch…  Yes… sugar. This is what I found just this morning: Proverbs 25:27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

What an eye opener.  Do you know how much sugar we eat as American’s every year? In researching this, Americans consume about 130 lbs of sugar every year! (http://www.businessinsider.com/how-much-sugar-americans-eat-infographic-2012-9) No wonder we have so much health problems. It’s not that we can’t have “some” honey (sugar, sweets), but it says it’s not good to eat too much of it.

I hope you, like me, really look at what the Bible is saying here today. I want to live for the Lord, and I realized that He not only wants my heart, he also wants my house… My body is His temple, and I am not my own to do with what I want. 

I like what Deuteronomy 29:9 says: Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do.And for those who need a New Testament verse, it says this: James 1:22-24 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

I keep being drawn to what Daniel ate in his day…  fruits and vegetables…  and their complexion and skin looked fabulous! I look at mine today and say, “Ouch!” We are what we “eat” and it will come out on our skin eventually. But there is good news, it can be reversed as well by making changes today. 

Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

Daniel 1:11- Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse (see definition below). As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

(A pulse (Latin “puls”,[1] from Ancient Greek πόλτος poltos “porridge”)[2] is an annual leguminous crop yielding from one to twelve seeds of variable size, shape, and color within a pod. Pulses are used for food and animal feed. Archaeologists have discovered traces of pulse production around Ravi River (Punjab), the seat of the Indus Valley civilization, dating circa 3300 BC. Meanwhile, evidence of lentil cultivation has also been found in Egyptian pyramids and dry pea seeds have been discovered in a Swiss village that are believed to date back to the Stone Age. Archaeological evidence suggests that these peas must have been grown in the eastern Mediterranean and Mesopotamia regions at least 5,000 years ago and in Britain as early as the 11th century.[3] The term “pulse”, as used by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), is reserved for crops harvested solely for the dry seed. This excludes green beans and green peas, which are considered vegetable crops. Also excluded are crops that are mainly grown for oil extraction (oilseeds like soybeans and peanuts), and crops which are used exclusively for sowing (clovers, alfalfa). However, in common use these distinctions are not clearly made, and many of the varieties so classified and given below are also used as vegetables, with their beans in pods while young; cooked in whole cuisines; and sold for the purpose; for example, black eyed beans, lima beans and Toor or pigeon peas are thus eaten as fresh green beans, or cooked as part of a meal. Pulses are important food crops due to their high protein and essential amino acid content. Like many leguminous crops, pulses play a key role in crop rotation due to their ability to fix nitrogen.) Just like words such as “bean” and “lentil”, the word “pulse” may also refer to just the seed, rather than the entire plant.

Perhaps what we put in our mouth may be hindering the work of the spirit in our lives? When they ate Pulse, they increased in learning and wisdom and could decipher dreams. What could we be holding back in our lives? Are we willing to take God at His word?

I now know why Proverbs 25:27 is followed by Proverbs 25:28… He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

 

Proverbs 23:2-3 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat. (OUCH!) I remember saying things like, “I just can’t help eating all this food… I grab a candy bar, eat way more than I should, it’s because I don’t have any self-control.

1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

So we have to ask ourselves… what are we being controlled by? What foods do you hunger for? What do you crave? What do you “have to have or you’ll die?” Perhaps the very things we eat and do is what is causing us to “die” or get sick, or feel sluggish, or not have energy, or having no vision, no wisdom, just as we just read. 

Jeremiah 5:25 says that WE prevent good things from happening to us… And it’s also up to us to stop preventing those things so GOOD things will happen to us.

So, Tom and I have decided just this past week… to abstain from eating meats and lots of sugar. It’s been 2 days and already I’m feeling better. My body is naturally purging, and I already feel the impact of that change.

But I couldn’t just “stop” without the power of the Word of God backing it all up. I needed Him and the Holy Spirit to give me revelation… because revelations changes us. I cannot make myself do this or that, but cooperating with the Word of God, I’m given what I need to be able to have the power to do it.

So when I read these passages, I repented for being out of control, for being driven, self-serving, addicted, disobedient, fearful, denial, disobedient, and other sins that I needed to bring before the Lord and repented of. And when I did that, God GAVE me the strength and ability to make this decision. We can do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength. (Philippians 4:13) 

The Bible says, “Try me…” So let’s put this to the test and see if God doesn’t open up the windows and bless us beyond our wildest dreams. 

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 

Okay… Thanksgiving is coming… I’m having family over… and so yes… I’m going to have a Turkey, but will find one that wasn’t strangled nor full of blood… I believe it’s called Kosher… (No I’m not changing religions!) (http://www.koshercertification.org.uk/whatdoe.html) So though I am limiting my intake now… for purging and health sake… I will be more forthright when picking out the meat I do eat in the future. Because, the Bible does go into what meats are okay to eat, (that is for another blog) but for me right now, I need my body to rest… and it’s always good to do that from time to time.