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Go to your browser settings and delete all cookies – wah la!

I figure if I delete any cookies I need, then my computer will grab them again when I go to their associated website.

If you don’t know how to delete cookies in your computer Click Here! Look for a video on the browser you like to use.

Easy coneezy! You’re welcome….

7 Steps to be an Overcomer

The following information is from notes I wrote down whilst listening to this sermon by John Ogwyn. These are practical steps that can be applied in every day life; steps that will foster genuine spiritual growth if practiced.

The steps are given in the third chapter of the Epistle of Paul to the Church at Colosse.

  1. Set your affection on the things which are above (Colossians 3:2). Our focus must be on developing spiritual maturity, God’s holy and righteous character, that we may be counted worthy to enter His Kingdom (Matthew 6:33).  We cannot let go of things we love. If we love this world we will not be able to let go of it, and God says this world is passing away (1 John 2:15-17). Therefore, we must learn to love the right things, and learn to stop loving the wrong things and come out of this world (Revelation 18:4).

  1. Put the old man completely to death (Colossians 3:5). We crucified the old man with Christ at baptism, and we are to come up out of that watery grave in newness of life (Romans 6). There is an old story of a Native American Chief who tells the story of how within each man and woman there are two wolves at war with each other; one is good, the other evil. The old Chief’s grandson wants to know which wolf wins the battle, and the wise old grandfather tells his grandson, “The wolf you feed is the one who wins”. This is a remarkable analogy for the Christian, for the Christian has a similar war raging within himself (Romans 7). Likewise, the man who is fed is the man who will win. To put the old man to death one must starve the old man by not partaking of the things of this world… get rid of TV, rotten music, video games, books… ANYTHING that is contrary to God’s Way of Life.

  2. Be proactive in stopping bad habits and behaviors (Colossians 3:8). Learn to be proactive rather than reactive. Replace bad language with praise. Replace anger, wrath and malice with self evaluation. Learn to let God fight your battles, for He has perfect wisdom, and we too easily misunderstand things, especially with Satan there to push our buttons.

  3. Jesus Christ is the Standard! Put on Jesus Christ, i.e. the new man (Colossians 3:10). Jesus Christ said it is better and happier to give, to be generous, to serve (Acts 20:35).

  4. Truly forgive others (Colossians 3:13). The very first group of people Jesus Christ instructed His disciples to pray for was their enemies (Matthew 5:44). Thus, if we forgive our enemies, we will forgive all and thus receive God’s forgiveness, as well as the peace that comes by not being burdened with resentments, and grudges.

  5. Maintain an attitude of gratitude; always be thankful (Colossians 3:15). Part of being grateful is humbling one’s self. Sometimes we must make an extra effort to be grateful. Something that helps me personally is I try to remember to consciously think of three things to be grateful for every day. On occasion I write out a complete gratitude list. We must always give thanks and praise to our Great and Awesome God!

  6. In step 2 we learn that we must starve the old man by not partaking of the things of this world. Step 7 is the other half of step 2: we must be filled with God’s Word (Colossians 3:16). We must feed on Christ by fervent daily Bible study, bolstered with prayer, meditation and fasting (John 6:53-63; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 3:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Matthew 6:16-18). To be filled, we must feed on God’s Word at least three times a day, just like physical food, hungering and thirsting for righteousness (Matthew 5:6).

If we do these things in sincerity and a genuine desire to please our Father in Heaven, we will overcome. We will truly be overcomers!

If you would like to take your own notes, you can Click Here to study the sermon yourself.

We Lost Sight of the Future….

I remember when I was ten years old or so… I would think about the future. I would look into the future and think about how old I would be at certain times, and what year it would be when I was a certain age, if I lived that long.

I just awoke from a dream where a bunch of my friends and I were trapped on a theater balcony that was crumbling beneath our feet. Somehow I made it to the ground floor in one piece, and thus began helping my friends get down.

Two of my friends who really stood out in the dream were Jason and Chuck. I was arranging things to be more stable, for now the balcony had begun morphing into shelving for a garage or a warehouse. Jason was trapped over a water fountain and couldn’t get down. I found a safe place for them to get down, and advised Jason to follow the line and make his way to the safe spot; he was to the right of the safe spot. Chuck, on the other hand, was to the left of the safe spot, but the line he was behind was much shorter.

Yet, in spite of being in the short line, Chuck with all his stockiness jumped through a hole in the shelving down to the ground floor, and walked by Dirk (who was now on the floor with me helping people down) and I, and we both commended Chuck’s unsuspecting athletic agility.

Then I woke up and stumbled to the bathroom….

Like myself, Jason and Chuck were both drug addicts and alcoholics. I say ‘were’ because they’re both dead now, due to the effects of the disease of addiction, having never made it to the safe spot of recovery. I speculate that the water fountain Jason was trapped over represented the 12 Step Program of AA/NA, water being a symbol of life, because he spent many years around people who were in recovery, but was too vain, fearful, and self-deceived to grab a hold of it and live. No disrespect meant… he was a great guy in a lot of ways; very generous and thoughtful to the needs of others. Chuck I lost contact with for many years, until the advent of Facebook; he died shortly thereafter.

Upon awakening, I pondered the dream and realized that drugs had robbed us, at a very young age, of thinking about and planning for the future, even though they freed us from the pain and torment of our own personal demons, for a spell.

Let’s Honor God in the Way We Eat

One of the major problems in the Western World today is obesity. In fact, some experts believe that obesity is the cause of more bad health than smoking. (See: What are the health risks of obesity?) The quality of food the average US citizen eats is also a determining factor. The “food” fast food chains sell, the two bit foods on their dollar menus, and the processed foods in grocery stores are slowly poisoning our society. (See: Nine reasons to never eat processed foods again.) overeating-obesity

What does God have to say about all this?

We are warned in Scripture to avoid certain behaviors (1 Cor 10:6-11). One of these behaviors is gluttony.

After the Children of Israel came out of Egypt they did a lot of complaining against God, and a lot of talking about how the Egyptians took better care of them than God seemed, in their minds, to be doing. In Numbers 11 we find the story of one such occasion. They were whining about not having enough meat, so God was going to give it to them – more than they could possibly eat in fact (Num 11:18-20). But the other part of the story was that God was also testing them to see if they got the point, or if they were going to follow through with their idolatrous covetousness. We find that many of them gorged themselves and thus brought God’s wrath down upon them. In fact the place became known as Kibtroth Hattaavah, translated literally – Graves of Craving (Num 11:31-34). americas-obesity-epidemic-580x418

Move forward roughly 900 years to when some of the people of Judah were returning to Jerusalem after their Babylonian captivity and we find things hadn’t really changed that much. When the people inquired of God about fasting at certain times as they had done in the past, God asks them, “Were you really fasting for Me? When you eat and drink, do you really do so for Me? Don’t you really eat and drink for yourselves?” Apparently they were good at putting on a show with fasting and so forth, but not so good at obeying God (Zech 7:1-7).

In ancient Rome some of the Church members would not eat meat because a portion of it may have been offered to idols. Thus Paul says, “For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him” (Rom 14:2-3). While it may be taking the passage out of its literary context, I think it can still be appropriately applied to honoring God in what we eat where Paul says, “He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks” (Rom 14:6c).

This should raise certain serious questions in our minds.

  1. Are we really eating to the Lord if we are eating things we know are unhealthy? What is the difference between eating swine and eating a box of processed food with 47 ingredients that we can’t even pronounce? One can kill us with parasites and the other can kill us with cancer?
  2. Are we truly eating to the Lord if we know we are being gluttonous hogs when we eat? After all, gluttony is a compulsive behavior based upon unrestrained covetousness, and covetousness is idolatry (cf. Col 3:5).
  3. Are we truly honoring God in the way we eat if we just eat meat, and nothing or little else? We all know that a diet rich in meat, even Biblically clean meat, and poor in other important foods leads to heart disease and cancer, among other things.
  4. Can we really be honoring God with our diet if we consume all kinds of sugar when we know it causes diabetes, which brings on a host of other health problems?

So how can we honor God with the way we eat?

There are many helpful guides for doing this. However, all guides should be filtered with, and tempered by God’s Word, the Holy Bible. fastfoodscale

One section of Scripture we can look at is the Book of Daniel. Right off the bat we can see God bless Daniel for eating in a way that honored Him. Notice that, “… Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself” (Dan 1:8). We see two important and positive things happen because of Daniel’s dedication: 1 after eating veggies and drinking water for just ten days Daniel and his friends were much healthier than the other young men, and thus appeared healthier, and 2 God blessed them additionally with wisdom and understanding for their obedience (Dan 1:12-17). They got the first benefit of the blessing of good health for following God’s law, and then God blessed them additionally for having the guts to step up and do the right thing, and EAT the right things, in the face of being captives in a foreign land.

So there we have it… we can eat irresponsibly and get real fat and sick for not honoring God with the way we eat, OR we can reap blessings for honoring God with the way we eat.

Let’s honor God with the way we eat.

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For additional Biblically based dietary information check out the following links…

Do You Really Want to Eat That?

Bible Health Laws

Defeating Disease: How the Bible Can Help

Does God Heal Today?

Bible Principles of Health

Universal Addiction: Sin

It has been said that there are three aspects to addiction: spiritual, mental, and physical. The core of addiction is selfishness, which is the spiritual aspect of the dilemma. The other two  aspects can be defined as “obsession” at the mental level, and “compulsion” at the physical level. When obsession and compulsion are combined with selfishness it becomes clear as to why sin, or any other addiction, is so hard to overcome (Romans 7:15-24). Thankfully, we can rely upon God to help us overcome sin (Romans 7:24-25).

Some believe that addiction is a disease. I tend to agree, and I think the Bible does as well. In Jeremiah 17:9 we read, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” However, when we look more closely at the original text we find that the term “desperately wicked” is actually better rendered “incurably sick”. And many Bibles will have this in the margin. Thus, God tells us that He will give us a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26).

As with any problem, we have to face it squarely in order to conquer sin. The following is an outline for understanding and conquering sin. This outline was put together by Mr. John Ogwyn.

Anciently Israel went to Egypt, not seeking slavery, but seeking relief. Instead of the solution, Egypt proved the problem, ensnaring, enslaving and destructive. It was not only all of those things–it was also addictive–they kept seeking to go back to it. There are many addictions and compulsions that enslave people–alcoholism, gambling — but there is one universal addiction–SIN!

Let’s understand more clearly the enslaving addiction of sin and the solution that God holds out to free us from that addiction.

 

I. Characteristics of Sin

  • A. Sin entices
  • 1. James 1:12–15 (Gk. “deleazo” — to lure, entrap, entice)
  • 2. 2 Peter 2:14, 18
  • B. Sin intoxicates
  • 1. Revelation 17:2, 6 (intoxicate: Latin “poison” — dulls and excites)
  • C. Sin is addictive
  • 1. Romans 7:15, 19 (addict: devoted, given over to, attached)
  • D. Sin enslaves
  • 1. John 8:34; Romans 7:14; 2 Peter 2:19
  • E. Sin is painful and destructive
  • 1. Romans 8:6; 6:23
  • F. Sin’s hold is beyond human power to break
  • 1. Romans 7:23–24

II. Solution to Sin

  • A. Admit personal powerlessness – God let Israel hit bottom in Egypt
  • 1. Romans 7:18–21
  • B. Believe in God’s power to deliver
  • 1. Romans 7:24–25; 8:31–32; 2 Corinthians 12:9–10
  • C. Come to turn the direction of our life (will) over to God – God didn’t lead Israel the way they expected
  • 1. Romans 6:13, 16, 18
  • D. Take inventory of our lives
  • 1. 1 Corinthians 11:31–32; 2 Corinthians 13:5
  • E. Admit our faults and trespasses
  • 1. 1 John 1:8–10; James 5:16 (faults = “side-slips” cf Matt. 6:14)
  • F. Become ready for God to change us
  • 1. Romans 7:22; Psalms 51:1
  • G. Humbly ask God to transform and change us
  • 1. Psalms 51:2, 7, 9–13
  • H. Become willing to make amends
  • 1. Luke 19:2–9
  • I.  Make amends wherever possible
  • 1. Matthew 5:23–24
  • J. Continue to take inventory lifelong
  • 1. Psalms 19:12
  • K. Go to God to grow in knowledge of His will (prayer, etc)
  • 1. Psalms 63:1
  • L. Having had a spiritual awakening, share it with others
  • 1. Romans 8:1–15; Psalms 51:12–13

Assurance of hope, help and deliverance is the message of the Days of Unleavened Bread. That hope, help and deliverance is through Jesus Christ. Only to the extent that we truly recognize our utter, total inability to save ourselves (to fix ourselves) that we recognize and accept God’s ability to do so, and proceed to unconditionally surrender to Him — to accept the literal LORDSHIP of Jesus Christ in our lives can we truly begin to be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.

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Links relevant to this topic:

Can You Really Change Your Life?

The Sin of Ingratitude

Pornography: Pleasurable Pastime or Toxic Threat?

Why We Get High

Halloween: Blatantly Pagan

Christians and Halloween

Welper… it’s that time of year again: the justification and sugar-coating of the blatantly evil holiday called Halloween, and then on to the hypocritical “Thanks Giving”, and then on to the celebration of the birth”date” of Day Star, i.e. Lucifer, under the guise of celebrating the birthday of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Astonishingly, the Bible reveals that Jesus Christ was born around three months before December 25th, around the end of September (See: Is Christmas Christian?). And history shows that what is commonly called Christmas today was originally a pagan celebration which predates Christianity by centuries (See Jeremiah 10:2-4). Also it may come as a surprise to learn that Jesus Christ never celebrated His birthday, and that birthday observance is one of the highest holidays among satanists.

Festivals of Death?

But I get ahead of myself… the purpose of this blog is to expose Halloween for the farce that it is. Halloween has its origins in superstition and paganism. Going back 2000 plus years, the participants would set sweets, leg of lamb, veggies, wine and other goods to feed evil spirits on their way back to the netherworld, for safety and well being’s sake. They feared that if they didn’t, the evil spirits would put a curse on their home.

“The American version of Halloween came from Ireland … The potato famine in 1840 brought thousands of immigrants from the Emerald Isle. With them came goblins, jack-0-lanterns, bonfires, apples, nuts, and pranks …

The Irish are also responsible for bringing trick or treating to great popularity in America. In Ireland on October 31, peasants went from house to house to receive offerings to their Druid god, Muck Olla. This procession stopped at each house to tell the farmer his prosperity was due to the benevolence of Muck Olla … or else misfortune might befall the farmer and his crops.

Few farmers risked any such displeasure of the pagan deity, so the procession returned home with eggs, butter, potatoes, and in some cases, coins … To the Irish farmers this was no joke; they greatly feared the Celtic god might destroy their homes and barns … Trick or treat is part of this pagan heritage.”

[“Pagan Traditions of the Holidays”. p. 78-79].

Like many of the traditional holidays we were raised observing it was foisted upon us by those who suppose they have the authority to “change times and laws”. Halloween is also known as, All Hallows’ Eve, which is followed by another pagan holiday called All Saints’ Day (See: All Saint’s Day, Wikipedia). Yet God plainly states in His inspired Word that His people are not to worship Him in the way that the heathen worship their gods, and that we are to neither add to nor take away from His Word (Deuteronomy 12:30-32; Proverbs 30:5-6; Revelation 22:18-19).

One last point for Christians to consider: Halloween is also a highly esteemed holiday among satanists (See: Satanic Holidays, Wikipedia). This being the case, how much sugar-coating will it take, after reading this, to make justifying the keeping of this pagan holiday palatable for those who call themselves “Christian”?

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Links relevant to this topic:

Dangers of the Occult

Halloween: Treat, or Trick?

Are You Spooked by Halloween?

What Is Hidden by the Holidays?

The Seeds of Abortion

In today’s world abortion seems to be as common as going to the store for milk and bread. Even those of us who oppose and stand against it often take for granted how rotten and vile the practice really is. Conversely, we also make great protestations against those who get pregnant carelessly and end up aborting children, as well as those “doctors” who do the actual killing. But, is there more to the story? Can accountability also be laid elsewhere? Where does the process which brings about the end result of abortion actually begin?

Throw Away Babies

Throw Away Babies

In the United States alone approximately 1.37 million unborn children are destroyed annually. To put things in perspective, depending on how fast you read, by the time you finish reading this commentary, anywhere from three to nine babies will have been murdered in the US alone. To make the point clearer, anywhere from 80 to 240 babies will be killed by abortion, globally, by the time you finish reading this particular article or blog. That is anywhere from four to eleven classrooms full of children murdered – every minute, an average classroom ranging from between twenty-one and twenty-five students!

Again, where does this end result have its beginnings? Did it begin with Roe vs. Wade in 1973? Did it begin in ancient times, as documented, around 1550 BC, in ancient Egypt?

Notice this astonishing statement made by Jesus Christ: “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man” (Matthew 15:19-20). This is the true origin of abortion – the heart of man! When we are compelled to do evil by our own desires it brings forth sin which brings forth death (James 1:14-15).

How does this apply to, not the “doctors”, not the girls and women who end up suffering for the rest of their lives because they murdered their babies through abortion, although these “doctors” and women are also completely responsible for their part in this systematic murder of unborn children, but how does it apply to those who are supposed to be the leaders of society, the so-called men? Do we realize that if we lust after women we are entertaining thoughts and motives that potentially have a part in contributing to not only infidelity, adultery and divorce – which leads to destroyed families, damaged children and another whole plethora of problems, but also the death of unborn children? Is it any wonder Christ said that to look at a woman to lust for her is in itself adultery, and that we should pluck out the eye, i.e. turn away from lusting after her, so we do not sin (Matthew 5:28-29)?

Another example we can take a look at is Job. Although we find that Job was human, and therefore had lessons yet to learn, he was also a very good man with practical ways of overcoming and avoiding sin. Notice that he was following Christ’s suggested method of dealing with the problem of lusting after women. He states, “I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon [look intently or gaze upon] a young woman?” Yes, we can do as ancient Job and make a covenant with our eyes to not allow thoughts to form in our minds that can lead to major problems later on (Job 31:1-4).

Another stellar example is given by the prophet Isaiah. The principle of “shutting one’s eyes from seeing evil” can be used in many ways; violent video games; pornography; raunchy movies of any sort, and most certainly looking on a woman to lust for her should clearly all be avoided (Isaiah 33:15).

And we can also look at the example of the great warrior king and poet, King David of Israel: “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me” (Ps 101:3).

Scripture reveals that the heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, or incurably sick, and unknowable (Jeremiah 17:9). Yet we find that we can combat our own self-deception and sickness by seeking the things of God rather than the things of this world and the flesh (2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Romans 8:5, 12-13; Colossians 3:2). And if we have a genuine love for children, whether born or unborn, as well as women, we will avoid the seeds of abortion, and in so doing we will be practicing pure religion and undefiled, preventively, before God (James 1:27).

 

You may also want to check out an earlier blog on this vitally important topic:

Abortion: Offerings to the god of convenience?

 

Other Suggested Reading:

The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy

Abortion: The Deadly Game of Terminology

Abortion: A Modern Holocaust?

Death Penalty for Children