This psalm has particular relevance for me at this time in my life. We all have around us unbelievers who are used by satan to cause us difficulties. Let us always remember to rejoice in the LORD, and to be aware of those around us and the deeper intentions of sweet-seeming unbelievers! Seek the LORD that He will guide you safely!
1 Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; Preserve my life from fear of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, 3 Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words, 4 That they may shoot in secret at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear. 5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter; They talk of laying snares secretly; They say, “Who will see them?” 6 They devise iniquities: “We have perfected a shrewd scheme.” Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep. 7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; Suddenly they shall be wounded. 8 So He will make them stumble over their own tongue; All who see them shall flee away. 9 All men shall fear, And shall declare the work of God; For they shall wisely consider His doing. 10 The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and trust in Him. And all the upright in heart shall glory. (NKJV)
I just wanted to share these – perhaps you’ve been asked this before, and you might find these helpful as answers which are also true for you. Often when we’re asked it’s in quite an aggressive and judgemental way. It pays to have a ready answer, perhaps? So here are mine:
Because I love Him
Because my life is His
Because Jesus did
Because the bible tells me to!
Because I want to be obedient
Because it’s easy and (mostly) quite fun
Because it prepares me and puts oil in my lamp
Because I don’t want to partake in paganism
Of course there is always that other question (and it’s usually to do with the cloth of two threads, which most modern Christians think is harder to deal with than the labyrinthine workings of the Inland Revenue!). So when asked what you do about the cloth of two threads, there is one very simple answer:
I rely on Grace for what I cannot do
You’ve probably had these conversations with people before, so please would you share your reasons and answers in the comments? Thank you!
Yes, quite a week, if you know what I mean! Well, I’ve been without my computer for a week, due to some obscure scheme of the devil’s I’m sure. I mean my poor IT guy – he’s the best – but we could not work out why it was misbehaving. It’s sorted now, and it’s always heartening to finally log back in and see that life on the blog continued as always, with views from all over the world. Thank you to those of you who have come past the last week and read something, and maybe shared one of the bees in my bonnet.
I was left all week, not without internet completely, but having to use Wifi and my little tablet computer. On that little tablet computer there is a tiny memory card with many wonderful videos on it. I’m going to share two here, which although I have watched them many times before, I needed to hear again! You, perhaps, do too. Perhaps you’ve never heard of Otto Koning, but even if you have, this weekend, take time to listen to him again, and enjoy the humour, and the insights that come from his wonderful testimonies.
I am so excited about 2017 – what a year 2016 was, and what God did for me in that time! With that in mind, I feel so buoyed up about 2017! I hope that 2017 is good for you, and that your needs are met, and your relationship with God is closer than ever by the end of it!
I’m just including a few of the best memes I’ve seen and grabbed off Twitter this last few months. I hope they make you think (Selah!) and inspire you.
Please consider sharing articles from this blog – specifically on South Africa and on organ donation – these two subjects need a wider audience. Please pray for this to happen – you can help save lives!
I have written before about the sheep – it is good to be a sheep. However you do need to know Yeshua’s voice, and distinguish what He teaches from the churchianity we have going on today. Never has that been more pertinent to me than when a dear friend requested I look into the Immanuel Prayer process.
I decided to start by watching the video she sent and then looked at some of the practical sessions that people had recorded and put online. This process (and I’m going to provide no links, I do not want to encourage you to go look at it, and if you want to Google is your friend) is guided meditation.
When two people say they see Jesus in different places, wearing different clothes – one says a white robe with a blue sash, and the other says he’s wearing jeans and a tan shirt, I have to say that something is wrong, and that this is an open door to the works of the devil. Why do I say that?
Ok *steps onto the soapbox* because they are not teaching the Law! They are using Eastern mysticism and meditation techniques to validate themselves through experiences, not scripture. Yeshua embodies everything we need to know about the law, how to live, how to love, how to eat, how to treat others, how to pray, how to heal. It’s all in the book!
In fact this came yesterday, at a time when I was seeking – seeking for answers from God for my own situation, church-wise. I just prayed and asked to be shown what God really wanted me to do. The answer came yesterday evening, when this teaching appeared in from of me (it’s OK, it was on the PC, I was surfing the net!).
You need to watch this, and you need to share it. You need to come to a point of acceptance that if your church is disregarding the Law, then it cannot help you to stop sinning, because you don’t even know what sin is.
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This is a rushed post today, but I just have to tackle this subject again from a different angle today. I just have to, because within the movement which seeks to protect the white race from the coming genocide there is a powerful propensity to wish to invoke and rely on the ‘old gods’ of Europe. This is a bad move, guys, this is a mistake – these are not gods who have any power. But unless or until you can get past your hatred of Christianity, you’ll never get to know the real God – that’s how good the church’s gatekeepers have been. They really have put you off God, yet, well, let me get started….
These are the charges so often levelled against the church – I’m going to tackle just four today. If you have more, please leave a comment, and I’ll try and answer them in another post.
1) The church is a man-made control mechanism, designed to subjugate mankind.
This is true – I can’t argue with that, and very specifically in the case of the catholic church this control extended into finance – and even down to having you killed if you disagreed with their doctrine. The problem with this argument is that the church is not an institution which God set up (no matter what they told you). Any church that points to the bible and says “This is the word of God,” and then reads it to you in Latin, and then has people killed for even owning a copy of the same book in their own language – this is not a biblical concept. So in closing, don’t blame God for what man has done in His name.
2) The bible “isn’t the word of God” – it’s been made up as part of an ancient plan to control mankind and bring us to our knees!
Really? I urge you to watch this amazing talk by Chuck Missler on the incredible structure of the Old and New Testaments and how they are so intricately created that they cannot be anything but the work of God – man is incapable of placing within a book the incredibly complex clues and signs which God has placed within the bible (and I am not talking bible codes here – it’s far even beyond that concept). Watch and you will be in awe!
3) The church is hypocritical! They say being gay is a sin, and yet they eat ham sandwiches!
I can’t argue this one – the church is hypocritical. And I agree that it is entirely hypocritical to pick and chose those parts of the Law of Moses, which Jesus Himself said would not pass away even in the smallest part, until the heavens and the earth pass away – and say that the Law is done away with, except in cases like homosexuality and witchcraft and things like that. Obviously that is hypocrisy, and you are right. Again the issue here is that you are holding the church’s hypocrisy against God. God has laid down His word, and His Law, which He says He will write in our hearts and in our minds (and yes I believe He can and does do that, because He has with me – I love His Law!).
4) But, Lis, if that’s true, aren’t you spreading hate by saying that homosexuality is a sin?
I don’t hate anyone. I hate sin. I know why God hates homosexuality – I’ve witnessed the horrible effects of anal sex – a friend of mine many years ago started on that (and this guy was straight!) and ended up very quickly having orgy sex, gay sex – his whole life revolved around getting sex. Anal sex can start off as a simple fun thing, but it seems to be a slippery slope into all kinds of carnality which isn’t what God wants for you. God is a God of love, but He is not a God who wants you to just have fun and do what comes naturally. His love is parental love – it says ‘this is right’ and ‘this is wrong’ and you get to choose. In our world we have decriminalised homosexuality, and look at the level of promiscuity today! Look how every kind of deviancy is now being not merely tolerated, but embraced!
Is that right? It is if you ignore God’s commands. If you stick with God’s commands, you at least knock such behaviour off it’s pedestal. Jesus came to show us that the Law is meant to be applied with mercy – goodness, let’s not be going around acting out mob ‘justice’ on anyone, that is not God’s way. Everything by two witnesses is established! Jesus said to the adulterous woman ‘Go and sin no more’ – that’s a good place to start when it comes to the application of the Law. We start with love, not with hate. Love the sinner, and hate the sin. So no – hate is not a part of being a good Christian, but discernment is, and we can love sinners without condoning sin, and we can love sinners without embracing sin.
In closing – God is a God of love, but not of license. He doesn’t want you to just do whatever you want, and the reason for this is because we live in a fallen world. Satan is the god of this world – temptation is everywhere, but we have little excuse today for our failure to live right within the church – the bible is freely available in almost every language in the world. Read the book and get to know God. There will be tough passages you won’t understand, but if you trust in God He will reveal His will through that, and bring you to a place of clarity on His word.
Walking with God is a process – the most worthwhile thing I can imagine. Please don’t throw out God because of man’s church!