"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
As I was at work today; a woman came to the line I was bagging, she was wearing a shirt that read from Proverbs 3:5-6. Something came over me, as I couldn't help myself my read that verse out loud. That could've cost me my job but that verse struck me where it hurts the most and I needed it. I've been letting the stress of work get to me. I've been letting finances get to me as well. But that verse reminded me that I should always trust in the Lord with all my soul, with all my heart and with all my might. How things are in this world, it's so easy to forget that. That shirt, funny that all this came from a shirt, but that shirt reminded me of something I long forgot.
There's a time in life where we come across two bridges and we must decide which to cross. Here you got one bridge that is gorgeous and decked out, made of solid iron and the other is a rugged old splintered wooden bridge that looks like it's falling apart. But looks can be deceiving as the splintered bridge would lead you all the way, sure it might shake and some boards might fall, but at least you would make it all the way. As for the gorgeous iron bridge, it looks as if it goes all the way, but in reality it only goes half way. You see, the iron bridge is all things man. It looks trustworthy and it looks as if it could take you all the way, but in reality you can only go so far. But as for the old wooden bridge, which represents the Cross that Jesus laid down His life upon. It is that bridge that would take you all the way. You just have to put your faith and trust in Him and know that it is that bridge that will lead you all the way home. It is up to you to decide the bridge you would take. Which one would it be?
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. -Matthew 16:24
When ever Christmas comes around, people forget that it's not about presents, it's not about the decorations and sure isn't about some guy in a big red suit. People shouldn't be stressing over Christmas, they should be rejoicing, for it is about the greatest gift of all, the birth of the Savior.
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
Matthew 1:21-23 NKJV
I challenge you now, to stop what you're doing, just for a few minutes and watch this video and hear the real meaning of Christmas from a child's point of view. Let it inspire you to do something good tomorrow. Don't let Christmas be a day of greed, get out there and rejoice, live and inspire. Let God's love shine through you.
To become a Christian, we asked Jesus to come into our lives and by doing so, we've made a vow, a promise to live Christ-like, to live as Jesus would and to continue living doing God's work, we become His hands, His feet and His voice. So why am I seeing Christians these days going against their vow and indulging in sinful way and becoming silent? I've been seeing Christians these days, hiding their faith and keeping silent, because they're afraid to speak up, afraid of what the world might think of them. They are afraid of the persecution that would fall upon them if they spoke up. They have become what I call the 'Silent Christians' instead of the 'Fighter Christians' like I, myself am. They let fear and pride get in the way of their relationship with God and by doing so they are living in sin and they do not know it. I, myself am a Fighter Christian, a Christian who refuses to remain silent, who refuse to let fear and pride get in the way of my relationship with God. I am not afraid of what people think of me, what the world thinks of me. I am not ashamed of God. I will pray in public, despite being ridiculed. I am His hands and I am His feet and I'm not afraid to go where He sends me. The bible says we will be ridiculed for believing in His name, but hear me, the world may ridicule and try to drag us down but God will give us the strength to overcome. Don't be the 'Silent Christian,' be the loud, obnoxious fighter Christian. If the world ridicule you for it, then you know you're doing something right with God. Be His hands and feet, His voice; the world is dying to hear Him, but you are remaining silent, when you could be the one to save that one lost soul. Speak up, God's not done with you yet. He will use you if just let Him. Let the world see God's love through you. Stop hiding and stop being silent, the time is now to raise your voice and be heard. Rise up you Christians, as Casting Crowns would say, "Be courageous." Allow God to give you the strength you need to speak up, to rise up and be the Saints He wants you to be. Don't fear the world and don't give in to their harsh words. God's Word is love, His Word is true and it goes against the words of the world. Ask yourself this, "Are you going to be the 'Silent Christian' and remain quiet and hide in fear, or are you going to be the 'Fighter Christian' and rise up against the world and raise your voice in the name of God? He's not done with you, if you are willing, He is willing to guide you. #WeAreChristians
In my opinion, real Christians are the ones who are being ridiculed, mocked, threatened and even killed for their beliefs, because they're the ones who refuses to remain silent. Even through the fear of death, they find the strength to call out to God and not deny His name. I, myself refuse to remain silent and because of that, I've been ridiculed, I've been mocked and I've been threatened because of my faith, my beliefs and if death were to come my way, I too will have the strength to call out to God and let death take me. I will never in any situation, deny Christ my Savior. To all you Christians, Saints, Brethren and Sisters who are afraid, silent, afraid of the world and prideful; how much do you love God? When Jesus laid down His life, He did it for you. Do you have what it takes to lay down your life, to take on the world for His namesake? Do you have the courage to fight, to speak up, to be the servant God wants you to be? Time is changing; yes we are being persecuted and the time is now more than ever to speak up. Speak up, you Christians, you Saints of God make a stand, be courageous and never let your voice be silent. There's a great Revival coming, I can feel it in my heart and my soul. God's not done with America. God's not done with Israel. God's not done with Canada. God's not done with Mexico, China, Japan, the U.K. God's not done with the world. There's a great Revival coming and our voice, His voice will be heard. Christ came down to lead by example and we should follow, not hide and remain silent. His Word is love, not hate and His Word should not be left silent. Do unto those what you would want done unto you. Help those who need lifting. Feed those who are hungry. Clothes those who are naked. Christ is returning soon and there are those who still needs help, your help, His help. Let Christ work through you. Don't be afraid, be courageous. Don't be silent, speak up. Don't just sit through this, make a stand. Don't give in to what the world thinks of you, give in to what God commands of you. Be courageous and be the Saint He made you to be. The great Revival is coming and again I say, 'Let our voice, His voice be heard.'
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was. But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
-II Timothy 3:1-17 NKJV
"To deny God is to deny creation, to deny creation is to deny your existence."
There are more proof of God's existence than the proof of evolution and other worldly idols. The problem is, when people see the proof of God's existence, they look away and lose themselves in fear, denial and hate. They fix their eyes on the darkness where lies war, famine and greed. They then would blame God for the wars, rape, bloodshed and hunger. You cannot blame God for the ways of man. Man has free will, we think for ourselves. The consequences we make are the faults of our own. They would say that if God exist, why doesn't He stop all the wars, rape, bloodshed and hunger in the world. Why, because if God did end all that, then what is there for us to learn? For example, why is there hunger in the world? Well, that's because we were to love and care for one another, the fact that many have grown hungry is the result of us ignoring them. If we would use the money used in wars to feed the hungry, there would be no hungry. The negativity of the world is the result of our own. It's not God's fault, it's ours. You see, the proof of God's existence; yes it's in a book but it's also all around, like the sunrise, the fact we're breathing, miracle of a child's birth, proof of miraculous healing, blind now seeing, deaf now hearing, lame now walking, the things even the doctors can't explain, like the disappearance of cancer from a person's body and all of which can be found in the light and not in the darkness. People run to the darkness when they are faced with the light, because they fear the unknown and deep down, past their denial, their pride and their hatred; even they know a higher power exist and that higher power is God.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. - John 3:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
Think separation of church and state is a good thing? Guess again. By separating church and state, you're tarnishing the very principles that these men risked their lives for and some of who have died for. The separation of church and state doesn't exist in the Constitution and it never will.
"It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible." - George Washington
"Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." - Abraham Lincoln
"The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If "Thou shalt not covet," and "Thou shalt not steal," were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free." - John Adams
"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God." - John Adams
"My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ and I cannot cavil or quibble away [evade or object to]. . . . the whole tenor of His conduct by which He sometimes positively asserted and at others countenances [permits] His disciples in asserting that He was God." John Quincy Adams
"In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity." - John Quincy Adams
"I conceive we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world . . . that the confusions that are and have been among the nations may be overruled by the promoting and speedily bringing in the holy and happy period when the kingdoms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and the people willingly bow to the scepter of Him who is the Prince of Peace." - Samuel Adams
"The name of the Lord (says the Scripture) is a strong tower; thither the righteous flee and are safe [Proverbs 18:10]. Let us secure His favor and He will lead us through the journey of this life and at length receive us to a better." - Samuel Adams
"Called on the people of New Hampshire . . . to confess before God their aggravated transgressions and to implore His pardon and forgiveness through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ . . . [t]hat the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be made known to all nations, pure and undefiled religion universally prevail, and the earth be fill with the glory of the Lord." - Josiah Bartlett
"To the triune God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost – be ascribed all honor and dominion, forevermore – Amen." - Gunning Bedford
"Let us enter on this important business under the idea that we are Christians on whom the eyes of the world are now turned… [L]et us earnestly call and beseech Him, for Christ’s sake, to preside in our councils. . . . We can only depend on the all powerful influence of the Spirit of God, Whose Divine aid and assistance it becomes us as a Christian people most devoutly to implore. Therefore I move that some minister of the Gospel be requested to attend this Congress every morning . . . in order to open the meeting with prayer." - Elias Boudinot
"For nearly half a century have I anxiously and critically studied that invaluable treasure [the Bible]; and I still scarcely ever take it up that I do not find something new – that I do not receive some valuable addition to my stock of knowledge or perceive some instructive fact never observed before. In short, were you to ask me to recommend the most valuable book in the world, I should fix on the Bible as the most instructive both to the wise and ignorant. Were you to ask me for one affording the most rational and pleasing entertainment to the inquiring mind, I should repeat, it is the Bible; and should you renew the inquiry for the best philosophy or the most interesting history, I should still urge you to look into your Bible. I would make it, in short, the Alpha and Omega of knowledge." - Elias Boudinot
"Grateful to Almighty God for the blessings which, through Jesus Christ Our Lord, He had conferred on my beloved country in her emancipation and on myself in permitting me, under circumstances of mercy, to live to the age of 89 years, and to survive the fiftieth year of independence, adopted by Congress on the 4th of July 1776, which I originally subscribed on the 2d day of August of the same year and of which I am now the last surviving signer." - Charles Carroll
"The great, vital, and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ." - Congress, 1854
"Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle... In this age, there can be no substitute for Christianity... That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants." - Congress, U. S. House Judiciary Committee, 1854
These men and many, many more believed in God, there was no separation of church and state during their time... There is NO separation of church and state in the Constitution. There is though, 'Freedom of Religion' and no where does it say 'except in schools and courthouses' So if I want to pray in school somewhere or preach the gospel in a courthouse or other government facilities, I will. Because it is my Freedom of Religion, given to me by the founding fathers and the signers of the declaration and all who fought and died for my and everyone else's freedom and no one will ever take my freedom away. They can arrest me, they can put me to death; but in the end, my last and final breath will be me, praising the one true God, my King. Praise be to God, who saveth me.
Why is it that you're always hearing atheists attacking Christianity, yet you don't hear about them attacking muslim, buddhism or hinduism? Is it because they fear the light and therefore focus only on the darkness? Is that why they always bring up the bad of the world saying that there is no God because of all the darkness in the world; darkness like wars, rape, hunger, sickness, bloodshed? Yet when you give them proof of God's existence, proof like the sunrise, the fact we're breathing, miracle of a child's birth, proof of miraculous healing, blind now seeing, deaf now hearing, lame now walking, the things even the doctors can't explain all of which can be found in the light and not in the darkness, they ignore it and run back to the darkness. Could it be that atheists ignore the light because they fear the unknown? I've talked with so many atheists over the last few months and most of them told me that they despise Christians with a passion and believes that all Christians are brainwashed. They call Christianity a plague that needs to be stop. They say that Christianity is close-minded and that we don't think for ourselves. Again, why is Christianity the only religion being attacked by atheists. Doesn't the Constitution protect our Christian rights anymore, the right to express our religion freely? But then again, the Bible said this would happen. And for the record, Christianity is not a religion, it's a relationship. It is not a disease, it is salvation and freedom. Christianity is peace, not hatred. What atheists think of Christianity is not what Christianity is. True Christianity means love and peace, because God is love and peace. Christianity has no room for hate, because God is bigger than hate. The difference between Christianity and atheists is that atheists focus only on the negative effects of the world while Christians focuses on the positive side of the world the light. Atheists blames God for the wars, rape, bloodshed and hunger. You cannot blame God for the ways of man. Man has free will, we think for ourselves. The consequences we make are the faults of our own. Atheists would say that if God exist, why doesn't he stop all the wars, rape, bloodshed and hunger in the world. Why, because if God did end all that, then what is there for us to learn? For example, why is there hunger in the world? Well, that's because we were to love and care for one another, the fact that many have grown hungry is the result of us ignoring them. If we would use the money used in wars to feed the hungry, there would be no hungry. The negativity of the world is the result of our own. It's not God's fault, it's ours. So if atheists hate Christianity because they hate God for the wars and bloodshed. I've got news for them. How do they hate someone they don't believe in. God is not to blame, like I said, the fault is our own and I mean everyone, atheists too. Christians aren't perfect, it's our fault too.
"There's light in every darkness, you just have to find it."
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