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Shields up and swords at the ready.
Some vill. Some vill always choose the darkness, but the Great Awakening is accelerating, and we have more hope today than yesterday that it will break through to liberate our world from the lies these people tell.
There are a lot of scriptures that speak of controlling the tongue. I think it is key. It is with our tongues we voice agreement, either with a lie or with the truth, or with good or with evil. It has an effect, binding our souls to whatever we are in agreement with. That is why confession of sin to God is so important to salvation. In doing that we are voicing our agreement with God and His holy assessment of the truth.
Jesus said He was the truth. He said also that His father's word was truth. Jesus was that eternal word before there ever was a star and before He was made flesh to accomplish our reconciliation with God. It does not appear what we shall be, but right now we are sons of God if we come into agreement with Him about who Jesus is and what He did for us in His death and resurrection.
The choice always lies with us about what we will believe. The world has many lies it tells us to believe, and that is why what you choose to believe it is so fundamental, and it is the reason God made it so simple to hinge upon that. What a man or woman believes is the wellspring of all subsequent choices, and what you say about it seals the deal. We needed to be reprogrammed from the lies, and changing your mind to come into agreement with God instead of the world's lies is the first step.
"Put on." It strikes me that it is always our choice how far we will follow Him. In "The Chosen" Jesus often tells people to look at Him. I like it that they chose to put that in the script. I think it is the only way we can truly succeed in following Him, getting out attention off ourselves and our concerns by being totally focused on God. Thank you for posting this.
And I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'm ready to sell.
I don't care where it is as long as it works.
I have seen those theories. They posit that Saturn was the womb of the earth when it was a brown star before being captured by the sun and stripped of its photosphere. Very interesting.
As GodBlessAmerica58 said: "Can't change the past, but you can continue to change the future!"
I have made tremendous messes myself from not obeying God at times. We have all done it, whether we see it or not, but we have to decide to trust that Jesus' blood is enough to wash our sins and failures away. The fact that you still have the consciousness of your sin in this particular matter means you are making yourself responsible for the man's soul, and no one but Jesus can take that on a burden like that. Do not hold onto the guilt. Release it to Him or you will be motivated by that instead of by His word, His leading, and His love, which means you will not be doing God's will because it will be the guilt that drives you. It's subtle, but believe me, it is a tactic of the enemy to knock us out of the blessing of God. Overcome him by the blood of the Lamb, and let your testimony be that you are accepted in Him. Turn what was meant to destroy you into a learning experience, and nothing more.
Here is a quote from one of my books, in which a character makes the decision to move on from what he counted as failure to rescue a friend:
"It was really a decision he had already made before, but he had to make it again, realizing that his feelings of guilt would pin him to the day Tangray died. There would never again be a different day if he let that happen, so he let it go."
I understand feelings of condemnation. The devil once held me down with my failures until I realized that condemning myself was a scam. I kicked him away in the name of Jesus and never leaned into that again. You are not condemned in Christ. If your heart condemns you, bring it to God, and He will renew it so you can live in absolute freedom to do the will of God. The choice is always yours to lay hold on what God has already provided.
If I am being too bold, please forgive me. It just makes more sense to me to be plain and direct, and I can see what you need to do.
God bless you.
So, when does Volodymir become a liability?
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Merry Christmas, ashlanddog. Peace to you. May God bless you always.
Thanks to the mods for the sticky. I watched this Christmas special every year when I was a child. It never failed to inspire me. Since then it seemed like Christmas was always in need of saving, to be plucked from the precipice in movies and on TV by some hero who struggles to rise to the occasion. But this is a human perspective that hopes in a thing hopeless people desperately want to be true, that somehow, someway we can save ourselves. No need for God to get involved, although Santa might come to help, giving the one who proved him or herself worthy a little metaphysical push. He might even leave presents for us when we are done.
But there is only one true Hero, the One who left heaven to become a man and share in our pain and sorrow. We were the ones who needed the saving. Those who don't know Him think it's just a story somebody made up, but millions who do know Him know that the story is real. They have directly experienced God's love and saving power in their lives, and there is only one name by which any of that happens.
Merry Christmas to everyone on this amazing forum. Peace to you. May God surround you all with love and strengthen your hope, and May He grant you all the miracles you need throughout the coming year.
Way to secure the loyalty of the troops.
This is a bigger win than it appears on the surface, and it exposes the unethical tactics of tyrannical bureaucrats.
I used to have Amish neighbors where I lived before. Some of them were my friends. These are not people who will be easily crushed from opposition. They have the same feelings the rest of us do, but their convictions run deeper than their emotions, and they know how to be self-sufficient on the land.
Yes, meme are ment to be share.
Here is what's going to happen as a direct result of this: All the ones who orchestrated and had a part in obtaining and exposing Trump's private financial records will have their financial dirty laundry exposed to the public so thoroughly that it will ruin them forever, even if it doesn't result in prosecution.
I think it will happen rather quickly, and I'm confident making this prediction because my observation of God's responses to evil over the last several years reveals a pattern. It is one that conforms to the Biblical picture of how God deals with His unrepentant enemies, and over the last year it has been accelerating both in severity and turn-around time. I expect these wicked fools to continue pursuing their goals despite the increasingly obvious displeasure of Heaven, and that it will lead them right to the judgment God has prepared for them.
The saddest words any human can utter: "What have I done?"
He might be headed for a brief view of axels and oil pans, but be sure to check the ears on any body they pull out from under the DS bus. Things might not be what they seem.
I wouldn't worry about Hillary. I'm pretty sure she is already in a place where she can't put out any fires.
Communication. The Trump Card is about to be played.
I believe Trump has all the Trump he needs, and that in his hand are the Trumpiest big beautiful Trumps that ever Trumped. He said he had it all, and he plans to win bigly. Timing is everything.
God bless Wales.
In the total absence of global warming, which I had been looking forward to with hearty anticipation, this episode of woke failure has warmed my heart. I don't expect the holidays will be very merry for this silly bartender. I can imagine the outrage when AOC gets a lump of carbony coal in her stocking for Christmas. Expect Santa to be canceled as racist icon and his sleigh declared a carbon-spewing engine of doom from reindeer farts.
Perfect title for this post. Right on the money.
". . . because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved." That is the crux of the matter, isn't it? There is only one alternative to the truth, and that is a lie.
It occurs to me that I made a poor choice of words in my comment. By "changed the algorithm" I did not mean to imply that God is responding in some way inconsistent with His own nature, goodness, and wisdom. Righteousness and justice are the very foundation of His throne, but we don't often see it because He dispenses it at His own appointed times. It's like waiting for a court date, so it would be more accurate to say that these malefactors have come to their appointed time to receive justice. They have been destroying themselves because mercy has been lifted, and there is no more grace to give them time to come to a godly decision. They failed to negotiate on the way to court, and the judge will find them in whatever state they have chosen to live.
See if it goes to 667.
It's always Opposite Day. Whatever they say is bad turns out to be good. Wherever they say not to look is exactly where it's most profitable to look. This is especially true when they shout in one accord.