How To Encourage Oneself In God?

January 7, 2020 hepsibahgarden

You know, on one occasion when the world (including his own family) was against David, he became greatly burdened with immense sorrow!! They spoke of stoning David and his men to death. 😳 Why would anyone want to do that?

And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. 1 Samuel‬ ‭30:1-3

THESE WERE THE VERY PEOPLE WHO ONCE PRAISED HIM! Saul had killed thousands but David, ten thousands! And all of them were very happy with him. However, when they lost their near and dear ones to the enemy they began to ACCUSE David.

You might have faced a similar situation as this!! As a matter of fact 🤷🏻‍♀️this happens to almost everyone — where even your own would turn against you 🙇🏻‍♀️

Now at the same time, because you love those people who went against you, repaying them for their deeds is not something you would also want to do. So then what do you do? This is where you learn to look to Jesus, and not at people or the situation. Because what lies before you is beyond your understanding; and so you look at Jesus alone. A divine help is necessary when everything feels lost.

Christ is ever present to see us through all our problems. He rescues us when we rely on Him wholeheartedly. Finally, David overcame the enemy and rescued the families who had been taken captives. He was loved even more, by all who had started to turn against him.

Let 2020 be the year we look at Jesus alone. Where we wait in prayer and expect from God to fight our battles.

“Further, David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all of them were embittered, each man for his sons and daughters. But David felt strengthened and encouraged in the LORD his God.” 1 Samuel‬ ‭30:6

May God help us!❤️

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Pastor in England Sues After Forced Out of Second Job Over Anti-LGBT Pride Tweet

 

Pastor in England Sues After Forced Out of Second Job Over Anti-LGBT Pride Tweet

An English pastor is suing his local public school after he was driven from his second job as the school’s caretaker for posting a message on Twitter reminding Christians not to participate in LGBT Pride events.

Ely, a town 14 miles northeast of Cambridge, was preparing to host its annual LGBT Pride Festival in June. Keith Waters, 53, who serves as pastor of Ely’s New Connexions Free Church, wanted to warn Christians of the dangers of such events. Copying and slightly modifying a tweet from Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin, Waters tweeted on June 1: “A reminder that Christians should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride month’ events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Christian faith and morals. They are especially harmful to children.”

“The backlash was savage and swift,” reported Church Militant. “LGBT activists from Ely went ballistic and stirred up local residents in an attempt to drive the pastor and his family out of the countrified cathedral town.”

A local journalist and LGBT advocate almost immediately tweeted back, accusing Waters of attacking the local LGBT community.

The next day, council member Alison Whelan tagged the East Cambridgeshire police in a tweet demanding that Waters’ tweet be investigated as a “hate incident.”

On June 3, Waters made the front page of the Cambridge Evening News in an article that negatively contrasted his views with those of the local Anglican bishop, whose church flew a rainbow flag in support of the previous year’s Pride festival — an action the paper stated “did not represent a move from traditional church teachings on sexuality and gender.”

Waters acquitted himself well in his comments to the Evening News. Pride, he explained, “suggests something which is unbiblical is good. I’m not saying it’s not okay for people to be who they are, our view is everybody, unless it is who they are by Jesus and saved by Jesus, is none of us are the right people. We’re all messed up. It’s a case of loving everybody, but not necessarily loving what everybody does.”

That wasn’t the end of Waters’ troubles. According to a press release from Christian Concern, whose legal-aid arm, the Christian Legal Centre, is handling Waters’ case, the pastor “experienced a string of threats including his wife having to answer the door to funeral directors who had been sent to arrange his ‘funeral.’ [Real estate] agents contacted him, having been told he was moving from the area ‘in a hurry,’ and he was nearly knocked off his bike by an angry local resident in a car who wanted to remonstrate with him. False rumors were spread that Pastor Waters was a child molester.”

The ongoing threats to himself, his family, and his church led Waters to delete his tweet, but the persecution kept on coming.

At the time, Waters was supplementing his income from the church by working as a caretaker at the Isle of Ely Primary School. Waters’ last performance review called him “an asset to the school.”

Having received “a handful of complaints” about Waters’ tweet, including the ludicrous claim that he was threatening “violence” against Pride supporters, the school’s headteacher issued him “a final warning for allegedly bringing the school into disrepute and breaking the code of conduct,” wrote Christian Concern.

“As a result,” the group continued, “Pastor Waters believed he could no longer combine his roles as a Christian pastor and caretaker at the school, and decided that he had no alternative but to resign.”

Waters is suing the school for constructive dismissal (forced resignation due to a hostile work environment), indirect discrimination, and breach of public sector equality duty.

“Anyone who believes in freedom of religion and expression should be very concerned about my story,” Waters said. “This was an attack, not just against my Christian beliefs, but against anyone who dares to question these matters in public. The biggest concern should be that a story like mine is becoming normal.”

Indeed, noted Christian Legal Centre chief executive Andrea Williams, “This is not a local issue … but a growing intolerant and threatening trend towards, not just Christians, but anyone across the country who dares to oppose Pride.”

Sadly, the same can be said of many other nominally Christian countries, including the United States.

https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/34268-pastor-in-england-sues-after-forced-out-of-second-job-over-anti-lgbt-pride-tweet


 

VIDEO Patriots player Benjamin Watson laces up for ‘My Cause, My Cleats’

Courtesy of Eric J. Adler and the New England Patriots

Courtesy of Eric J. Adler and the New England Patriots

By Julia Musto

New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson will use his custom-made “My Cause, My Cleats” cleats to bring attention to his One More Foundation.

The foundation, which he founded with his wife, is devoted to spreading the love and hope of Jesus Christ in local communities.

“My Cause, My Cleats” gives more than 900 football players a chance to showcase the causes important to them during Week 14 of the NFL season.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Lisa Boothe, Ed Henry, and Pete Hegseth, Watson said he created the One More Thing Foundation to spread he love and hope of Christ to one more soul.

“And, we do that by following the three charges that are given in Micah 6:8 when it talks about doing justice, loving-kindness, and walking humbly with our God,” he explained.

Watson said that, for the last decade, the foundation has given him the opportunity to meet people with “real needs” and “to know the one who can meet their needs forever and ever.”

“Whether it’s promoting and giving food to those who are hungry, doing events around the holidays, promoting education, standing against injustice — whether that be sex trafficking, abortion, or racial injustice … and also, just bringing kindness to people,” he continued.

“Because we live in a world and a country where sometimes people just aren’t kind and a kind word can go a long way. And, that kind word or kind deed can be multiplied by those who receive it,” said Watson.

“There are so many different ways, so many different avenues to effect change…” he told the “Friends: Weekend” hosts.

Why it’s Important to Get Away with your Spouse

THE NEED FOR TAKING A VACATION WITH YOUR SPOUSE

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Noises can Hinder Progress in Marriage:

In a marriage relationship, finding solutions to existing problems is not easy. Often the noises in our homes and our lives keeps us from some of our most important conversations.

Many couples miss out on a good conversation that bring real and positive change to their home, marriage and lives. Some don’t hold conversations that last longer than dinner. This normally happens due to the busy family live and responsibilities.

One would think that couples get off work and go home to have a relaxing moment. The opposite is true because most people start making arrangements for the next day as soon as they reach home.

Time with Each Other is Important:

One of the greatest needs of any married couple is for unhurried time together. And it’s amazing how many couples go for years without ever getting away for a day or weekend together – away from the kids and normal worries and cares.

For most couples, the weekend is memorable because they have such a long time to really connect with each other. Their must be enough room in all families for time away from all the hustle and bustle of daily living.

Make Spending Time Together a Priority:

If we cannot make room in our schedules for solid communication with our spouses, then we are just too busy. How can we understand each other if we never take time to hear each other? I mean really hear each other?

As busy as we are, we need to go out and claim that alone time. We must make it a priority. Whenever we try to give reasons for being too busy, we must deal with the example provided by Jesus.

Surely, the importance of our daily tasks pales in comparison to the importance of Christ’s work when He walked the earth. Yet, through all of the damands on His time, He regularly got away to be alone.

What can we Learn From the Scriptures About Taking Time Away:

A good example is found in the scriptures after the miraculous act of feeding the multitudes – Jesus send His disciples across the sea. He Himself remained. “After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.” [Mark 6:46].

This was late in the evening. At other times, He got away from the noise early in the morning. In this scenario, Jesus was getting away to talk to God.

But the lesson is clear: Sometimes busyness must yield to the importance of necessary communication. This is true of your relationship with God, it is also true of your relationship with your spouse.

What Should you Talk About?

Many couples see the benefit of getting away for a day or a weekend, but are unsure of what they would do to fill all the time. Let’s remove some of the mystique and the unknown by looking at examples of what you might discuss.

When you prepare for a getaway with your spouse, consider asking questions that will help both of you work towards making your marriage and family better. You can come up with creative ideas on family get aways. But try to focus mainly on the two of you, what makes you happy or areas that might need some improvements.

Just Listen to your Spouse:

If your spouse pours out their heart, listen. This is not the time to get defensive or explain why you do or don’t do something. This is the time to hear your spouse’s heart and give them the permission to honestly share.

If you are parents, spend time talking about yourself as a father or mother. Talk about each of your children and where they are spiritually, emotionally, socially, and relationally. Good luck with your marriage.

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How dangerous is rebellion and stubbornness?

 

December 25, 2019 Nehemiah Zion

Who is a rebellious person? The one who rejects a certain way of life, and stays stubborn in his belief. The Word of God states rebellion is witchcraft, and stubbornness is iniquity and idolatry.

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (1 Samuel 15:23).

The state of rebellion reveals a heart that is gripped by foul spirits and a mind that is blinded by darkness. Those who are stubborn are like idols, can’t be moved from their evil state. They have become deaf and blind and dumb and lame to the way of God.

Saul was a good king, when he started. But, his disobedience to God’s word triggered rebellious natures which never allowed him to repent and receive mercy. From thereon he went on an emotional journey of jealousy, anger, bitterness, depression, eventually into suicide. Every life is precious in the sight of God, yet man chooses to do his own will.

When we learn about the journey of the Israelites, we see the true natures of Gods chosen.

“The LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, they are a stiff-necked (stubborn, rebellious) people.” (Exodus 32:9

Why did God call Israel a rebellious and stubborn people? They were an impatient lot, and their rebellious and stubborn ways got the better of them while they waited for Moses to come down from the mountain. They ended up creating an idol for themselves, out of the gold and silver they possessed. Not only that, they indulged in ungodly rituals and lewd acts.

“Do not be worshipers of handmade gods, as some of them were; just as it is written [in Scripture], “THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK [after sacrificing to the golden calf at Horeb], AND STOOD UP TO PLAY [indulging in immoral activities].” (1 Corinthians 10:7

3000 Israelites were spell-bound by their own rebellion, their sinful indulgence corrupted their conscience from turning away from their idol worship. They could not repent and be freed from their blindness they brought upon themselves, having known the truth. Their impatience cost them their lives.

What a terrible state to be in for man! We are in the last days, and what we see around us is increasing sin and love waxing cold. Psalms 106:36 reminds us that worshipping idols is a snare. How sad for those who fail to break-free because of their own choice. 1 John 5:21 reminds us to keep away from idols. Is idol worship only about hand-made objects? Not at all.

When we go against the will of God, to do our own will, we sin. When we repeatedly and religiously continue in our own ways, the snare (witchcraft) of selfish pride turns us into idol worshippers. The world and all it’s offerings are temporary, and when we hold anything greater than Jesus in our lives, we end up walking in idolatry.

We are living in an instant world where our spirits are easily tampered with. We rage, instead of encourage. We rebel, instead of avoiding trouble. We are impatient, instead of being patient. Increasing fake news and lies is stirring hearts to react without reason. Knowledge is being wielded without love.

Are you poor in spirit or proud in spirit? Are you hungering and thirsting for righteousness, the Good News of the Word or the news of this world?

Redeem the time. Guard your heart and mind from drinking the potion of spell-binding words that turn you away from the living God. Jesus is coming soon.

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5 Gates Where You Shouldn’t Be

Date: December 23, 2019  hepsibahgarden

Hunting through the Scriptures we can find, quite a few names of GATES mentioned — Some Gates where we ought to be found and some Gates we shouldn’t be found at all. Read on to find out more:

1. Wide Gate — Walking in this gate will lead to destruction.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad and easy to travel is the path that leads the way to destruction and eternal loss, and there are many who enter through it. Matthew‬ ‭7:13

A Christian is called to walk through the narrow gate, which leads to everlasting life. Nevertheless, even after being saved and walking through the narrow gate for sometime, we may find ourselves walking on the broad way, easy to travel, for e.g. when we find it difficult/unable to forgive others as Christ forgave us. Forgiving others from the heart does not come easy, but avoiding and not forgiving is easy.

A humble request – even if it may be hard to forgive that person, seek grace from God and forgive him/her, because ending in destruction isn’t worthwhile.

2. Gate of Sodom – In the olden days, judges and officers were appointed to sit at the city gates, and they judged people there (as in a courtroom). Deuteronomy 16:18. Lot, Abraham’s nephew was appointed as a judge in the city of Sodom.

It was evening when the two angels came to Sodom. Lot was sitting at Sodom’s [ city] gate. Seeing them, Lot got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. Genesis‬ ‭19:1‬

My point is, if we judge other’s lives instead of our own, then even we are at the Gate of Sodom. Jesus said – Judge not, that ye be not judged. Mathew 7:1. Let’s not judge others anymore but rather examine and look into our own lives.

3. Beautiful Gate – A man, lame/handicapped by birth was found lying there, unable to enter the temple.

and a man who had been unable to walk from birth was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at that gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, so that he could beg alms from those entering the temple. Acts‬ ‭3:2‬.

Lame from birth means an incomplete salvation experience, therefore unable to walk uprightly before God, nor come into His Presence. If then, when is a full salvation received? When you and me confess our sins to Jesus, repent and forsake those sins. Then we can receive complete assurance of being saved. Not walking by faith is also compared to “lame from birth”

4. Gates of death – When does a person arrive at the gates of death?

Fools, because of their rebellious way, And because of their sins, were afflicted. They detested all kinds of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. Psalms‬ ‭107:17-18‬

Being ignorant of God we were also at this gate, in a hopeless state, once upon a time. But! God’s eyes of mercy fell on us and He saved us from death and made us to walk in the newness of life. Now, if we transgress the commandment of God and walk in iniquity, once again we are back at this gate. Not being found in the First Love, First Zeal is iniquity.

5. Gates of Hell – Being carnally/fleshly minded is death. That is, minding things only of this earth.

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. Matthew‬ ‭16:18‬

Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Simon Peter had a clear understanding about who Jesus was. Jesus in turn tells him that this understanding was revealed by the Father. May God help us!!

Be blessed 💕

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Sydney Archbishop Cautions Against ‘Safe Spaces’ and ‘Trigger Warnings’

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Archbishop of Sydney, Most Reverend Anthony Fisher celebrates a mass to pay respect to the victims of the Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday …

 

THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. 25 Dec 2019

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher warned against the dangers of identity politics in his Christmas morning homily, suggesting that today’s snowflakes risk falling victims to a toxic narcissism.

“As desires change, we can revise our bodies surgically or our beliefs ideologically,” the archbishop said. “But reducing ourselves to our tastes or to a single attribute risks neglecting other important things about us.”

“Amidst celebrity adulation and identity politics, narcissism is now endemic. Too much focus on identity can be distorting,” he warned.

Preaching to a standing room-only crowd of some 2,000 Catholics at St. Mary’s Cathedral Wednesday morning, Fisher said that the modern “era of liquid personality” and “self-generated identities” runs counter to people’s true identities before God.

“Some of our I.D. comes from family, nation and culture,” he said. “But modernity prefers self-generated identities. Much of it is said to be about what we identify with.”

“Sometimes it’s just code for self-indulgence,” Fisher declared. “We humor our preferences with the excuse ‘it’s who we are.’ No need to abide by laws of faith and reason, or to compromise to the needs of others.”

“Safe spaces and trigger warnings coddle our fragile egos,” he added.

Much of the archbishop’s homily seemed aimed at modern theories of gender identity, which propose that a person’s sexual identity is fluid rather than biologically anchored and that sexual orientation is the defining attribute of personal identity.

Fisher said there were “forces” seeking to marginalize the Christian identity in particular, which require a recommitment to the faith from believers.

“If we are confused about values and vocation, we’ll be disinclined to plan or commit. Disengaged from family, Church and society, we fall easy prey to isolation or extremism,” he said.

“Forces threaten our identity and even our existence from the first moment of conception. Some seek to marginalize Christian identity in particular,” he said.

At the same time, people continue to seek God and his truth, the archbishop suggested, as evidenced by the presence of so many at Christmas Mass.

“But your presence here today speaks volumes. It says that our core identity as Christians graces us to be, not just better believers, but better friends and lovers, children and parents, citizens and colleagues,” he said.

In the end, Christmas brings a message of salvific love and turning to Christ means looking for our redemption — and our identity — in Him.

“To call Him our Saviour is to say we need saving – from sin, death, enemies, even ourselves,” Fisher said. “We need liberation – from vices, addictions, all that cages our spirit.”

“To call Him Son, Grace and Glory of God, is to acknowledge that we need a power greater than ourselves. To call Him Wonder-Counsellor, Almighty God and Prince of Peace is to recognize that He has remade us as the wisdom, peace and glory of God,” he said.

https://www.breitbart.com/faith/2019/12/25/sydney-archbishop-cautions-against-safe-spaces-and-trigger-warnings/

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