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A Word to the Wise – 7-31-2020 – ON SELF-ESTEEM

Our society is consumed with the idea of self-esteem. It is promoted in every aspect of our society. However as much we like the idea of improving self-esteem that concept is not to be found in scripture. The idea of self-esteem is a humanistic concept. Humanism focus ones attention on humans.

What then are we supposed to be focused on if not self ? Very good question. We find the answer on every page of scripture. The question is not what we think of ourselves rather what does the Lord thinks of me.

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A Word to the Wise – 7-30-2020 – FORGIVENESS

My mother taught me some very meaningful lesson that remain with me even some 70 years later. This is the most important.

I have often thought that forgiveness is the most difficult of Christ’s commandments. But again soon we discover this too is for ourselves.

Often it is little or no gain to the one forgiven by us. It is for ourselves. It is through forgiving that we keep our hearts from hatred and bitterness. It is through forgiveness that we do not fall into the trap of seeking vengeance or desiring to get even.

We must desire a pure heart—but this is not obtained as a free gift from God. It is developed through keeping our hearts and minds. A part of this process of keeping is the byproduct of learning to forgive.

Oddly enough the greater the injustice done us the greater the need to quickly forgive. We must not give place to the devil. If the evil one can fasten our attention on how greatly we have been wronged he then as planted the seeds that will bring forth hatred and bitterness.

The spirit of vengeance will indeed destroy our souls.

This is what in the end Christ cannot forgive us if we have refused to forgive those who have sinned against us.

Only the pure in heart will see God. And the heart that refuses to forgive is burdened with impurities. The reason we refuse to forgive is so we can avoid our own guilt and our own need to be forgiven.

Our besetting sin is a manifestation of a specific inner spiritual deficit that imprisons our soul. (Matthew 18:21ff)

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7-15-2020 – A Word to the Wise – SATAN’S WAR ON CHILDREN

It would seem that mankind is constantly at war about something. Many of the conflicts are senseless and there only purpose is to acquire power, land, material products, or at times simply to destroy for the sake of destroying.

These conflicts have a tendency to cover up or obscure the real life and death struggle occurring behind the scenes. Satan has always been at war with mankind. The most powerful struggles comes against the souls of children. It is our purpose to outline this war and reveal the depths of the struggle going on.

This war begins right after conception. According to the CDC the latest available records indicate there were 623,471 abortions in 2016. Worldwide it is estimated there were 42.3 million abortions in 2019. Satan’s war on infants is the opening salvo in his war on mankind.

The war on infants is wide spread and diverse. According to the National Children’s Alliance intervention was required in 114,510 cases involving children 0-6 who are abandon, abused, or neglected with the largest majority in the first year of life.

Another 488,000 suffered the results of prenatal tobacco use by the mother. (How well I know this problem. My mother was a heavy smoker at a time when the harm was unknown. Smoking resulted in a 2 month premature child who was deathly sick for nearly a year), another 352,000 from the effects of the mother using alcohol while pregnant, and another 220,000 from the mother using drugs while pregnant. (AFCARS, 2016).

One must know that these are only known cases many, many are never reported.

Do you see a pattern beginning to appear? If Satan is able to destroy children he defeats creation. If he is able to destroy post conception, within a few weeks aborting the fetus then he has interfered with God’s creation.

If abortion does not work then his next plan is causing a host of physical problems with substance abuse.

If that fails in the sense that it leaves the victims helpless, or with a host of birth defects then he moves to the next opportunity.

Abusive and neglectful parents which bring untold emotional pain to the child lasting throughout the child’s existence. The earlier the deeper the problems of emptiness and abandonment for the child.

Then starting at the age of 5 with sexual awareness Satan introduces the child to porn, some a little later. The ultimate goal of porn is to cause the child to forsake God’s ordered creation. But going further the evil one has an even more sinister purpose, homosexuality.

Here is the key Satan knows if he is able to convince the child of homosexual leanings he has won. For with homosexuality there are no children for there is no sex that produces children.

Understand this is the goal of Satan, no children. Remember the first command God gave his creatures? To have children. (Genesis 1:28)

Where is Satan with his ultimate goal? Estimates place the LGBT population of the U.S. at around 4.5% or around 10 million out of a population of 315 million.

Add to these stats is the problem of single parent families, and the terrific social economic impact undermining today’s youth.

Divorce, abandonment, abuse, neglect, all of these assault the children of our day.

One does not stop the problem by sticking ones finger in the dam. Remember the advent of the “War on Drugs,” that war only made drug abuse rampant. Acceptance of humanistic ethics does not slow the process of destruction, it only makes it more deadly.

The only solution to these problems starts with national repentance and a return to holiness.

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6-20-2020 – A Word to the Wise – Perhaps a quote from John Eidson would be appropriate: According to this FBI report, 17 law enforcement officers were victims in 2016 of ambush assassinations, presumably by African American men who’d been led to believe the “epidemic” myth. That police officers are murdered because of racial anger over an epidemic that doesn’t exist is every bit as tragic as instances where white police unlawfully kill black people.

Even though white cops are no more likely than black cops to kill unarmed black suspects, the media have misled many African Americans to believe that white cops should be feared. Such fear is irrational. Every day and every night, white cops put their lives on the line in crime-ridden urban neighborhoods protecting law-abiding black citizens against rape, robbery, murder, assault, drug dealing, domestic violence, child trafficking, carjacking and drive-by shootings. When innocent black citizens are set upon by violent criminals, their most fervent hope is that a car with flashing blue lights is on the way.

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A Word to the Wise – 5-14-2020 

Focus on the Gifts: (PROPHET TEACHER,GIVER,MERCY,EXHORTER,ORGANIZER, SERVER)

I believe understanding the Gifts helps see hidden things in scripture.  This first one involves the different women in the bible who anointed Jesus.

The Women who Anointed Jesus

 TRAITS DISPLAYED 
MATT-MARK JOHN LUKE
WHEN TWO DAYS (TUESDAY) BEFORE PASSOVER. SIX DAYS  BEFORE PASSOVER. ABOUT 1 YEAR BEFORE   HIS DEATH
WHERE BETHANY–SIMON THE LEPER’S HOUSE BETHANY–LAZARUS’ HOUSE SIMON THE PHARISEE’S HOUSE
PERSON AN UNNAMED WOMEN WE CALL MARTHA JOHN TELLS US THAT IT IS MARY THE BROTHER OF LAZARUS AN UNNAMED WOMEN WE CALL MAGDALENE
PRODUCT TEXT EMPHASIS FIRST THAT IT IS EXPENSIVE PERFUME ATTENDS TO JESUS PERSONAL NEEDS BRAZEN -VERY BOLD IN HER APPROACH
ACT SHE BREAKS THE TOP OF THE JAR INTENT IS TO USE ALL OF IT AWARE OF JESUS EMOTIONAL STATE THAT WILL DIE AND WANTS TO COMFORT VERY AWARE OF HER SINFULNESS-REMORSEFUL
RESPONSE THERE IS NO EMOTION TO THE ACT-IT IS JUST A PHYSICAL ACT ANOINTED FEET-HUMILITY ON HER PART KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT PEOPLE AND IGNORES THE UNIMPORTANT
SHE ANOINTS HIS HEAD NOT HIS FEET PHYSICAL ACT EMOTIONAL-INTENSE AWARENESS OF LOSS AND RESTORATION OF HER BROTHER AND IMPENDING DEATH OF JESUS DRAMATIC ACTIVITY CHOOSES A PLACE OF DRAMA FOR ANOINTING
NEED JESUS SAYS SHE DID WHAT SHE COULD-AGAIN EMPHASIS ON PHYSICAL ACT EMOTIONAL-CRIES OVER HER SINS, JESUS SAYS SHE LOVES MUCH
SHE NOT OBJECT OF REMEMBRANCE BUT HER ACT IS WHAT WAS TO BE REMEMBERED–SHE NOT NAMED. EXTREMES-SINS MUCH LOVES MUCH
DISCIPLES DISCIPLES ANGRY JUDAS QUESTIONED SIMON QUESTIONED
GIVER MERCY PROPHET

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5-12-2020 – A Word to the Wise – There will be a few post that focus on the Gifts: (PROPHET TEACHER,GIVER,MERCY,EXHORTER,ORGANIZER, SERVER). I believe understanding the Gifts helps see hidden things in scripture. This first one involves the different women in the bible who anointed Jesus. This post will also be on the website and the format will be more readable (I hope)

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A Word to the Wise – 5-7-2020 – On Sex

Part of the porn problems in marriage maybe traced back to false beliefs held by individuals who are married. Part should be blamed on the continual emphasis in our society that a woman’s body is hers to do as she wishes and by extension the man feels his body is his body to do as he wishes. With that in mind try driving on any road and seeing constant images of women in different stages of undress.
On one extreme a man will take Gen. 3:16 and twist it to mean the woman is enslaved to man (typical belief practiced in Islam). On the other extreme comes Paul in I Cor. 7:1 with ‘it is well for a man not to touch a woman’.
Sorry folks this is not the way God created it. Not only is neither extreme acceptable it leads to the false belief that we our possessors of our own bodies. We are not. One does not have the right to ‘demand ‘sex nor withhold sex because permission is not required nor forced. Nor should the marriage bed be defiled by images of extra marital sex. What is the result?
I have had clients tell me that a man cannot touch his wife without her expressed permission. If he does then he should be charged with criminal sexual assault.
Guess what the man has a serious problem with porn. Why? Because taking care of one’s own needs makes more sense than depending on the implied legal threats. Not only will this lead to marital dysfunction it may well lead to the man being unable to function sexually.
These fixed false beliefs lead to the rampart use of porn by both sexes, abortion, fornication, adultery, and all forms of immorality.
The reality is I Cor. 6:12 tells us that our bodies are the Lord’s not ours.
The problem we face as a society is being hammered by so many conflicting traditions that we get confused. This is what happens when one strays from scripture and its guidance.
When we try to eradicate porn we fail. Why? Because our focus fails to take into account the role of the woman from a godly perspective. The male and female are made for each other and both belong to the Lord.

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4-3-2020 – A Word to the Wise – If you have been working on the chart you will notice several things. One’s behavior good, or bad results in consequences. Scripture makes it clear that there are specific results for our behavior.
But the one indicator not discussed is that of immoral behavior, which includes adultery, fornication, and porn to name a few. The consequence of these behaviors in some instances are immediate, while other consequences are long term.
For instance one of the immediate effects of immoral behavior is anger. It always follows such behavior and is a significant observable behavior. Another trait as pointed out in Proverbs 5 deals with wealth. One of two things occurs. Either, it continues to accumulate and then waste away with frivolous behavior or there is a sudden dramatic loss which reoccurs and compounds itself.
The chart if done honestly will reflect this pattern and should serve as a warning about such behavior. Furthermore, it gives an innocent spouse warnings. Those warning if not observed will result in the spouse having to share in the consequences.
Thus the chart is a visual indicator for us of the results of our behavior, both good and bad. The scriptures are full of a host of warnings that go with specific sins, and yes even blessing or rewards of righteous behavior.

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4-1-2020 – A Word to the Wise – Since most have a lot of time on their hands let’s try a little exercise. Let’s make a chart. On this chart middle way up place a horizontal line which represents your basic income which may go up or down. This should extend over 10 to 20 years or more based on your age.
Next on the chart place age, year or time indicators. Then place on the chart marks which indicate times you have given special funds to those in need, widows, orphans the poor, or to the Lord. .
Next indicate times when you have received financial abundance or blessing. Now mark times when you failed or avoided giving to the Lord or times others were in need and you avoided meeting those needs even thought you had it. Now place indicators when you had periods when lazy or failed to keep up your work in an efficient manner.
Next indicate periods of major loss, whether accidents, illness, if you have been taken advantage of financially, or experienced major losses. Next on this chart indicate, no let’s wait till tomorrow for the next indicator. This I promise will be a real shock for some.
This chart is personal unless you are or were married during part of the time this chart covers. In which under this circumstance it may involve you and your spouse. (Be sure to correct any grammatical errors, in these instructions

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A Word to the Wise

1-22-2020 – A Word to the Wise – Genesis one reveals that the Lord’s plans for the universe is founded on the seven day week. The number seven seems to be important throughout scripture. While the Genesis passage is the beginning point of the universe. Romans 12:4-7 sets out that all mankind in the universe receives one of seven gifts. These gifts each have a list of several traits that may be evidenced in the human race.
But another set of sevens like Genesis one is to be discovered in the first book of the New Testament. What is important about Matthew 1: 1-16 is the impossibility for a person to accomplish in written form what the gospel writer accomplishes.
I was first introduced to this passages several years ago by RVL in one of his seminars. Doing what he suggested by taking the original Greek text of this passages and back translating it into the Hebrew text in which it was originally composed allows one to behold nothing short of a miracle.
If you look at Matthew’s genealogy and translate from the Greek back into the Hebrew look what happens:
1. Number of words in the genealogy is divisible by seven.
2. Number of letters in the genealogy is divisible by seven.
3. Number of words beginning with vowels in the genealogy is divisible by seven.
4. Number of words beginning with consonants in the genealogy is divisible by seven.
5. Number of words used more than once in the genealogy is divisible by seven.
6. Number of words used only once in the genealogy is divisible by seven.
7. Number of nouns in the genealogy is divisible by seven.
8. Number of non-nouns in the genealogy is divisible by seven.
9. Number of proper names in the genealogy is divisible by seven.
10. Number of each name beginning with the letter of the alphabet in the genealogy is divisible by seven.
11. Add up all of the values of the numbers if assigned a number divisible by seven.
Just a little something for those who crave support for the inspiration of the scriptures.

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