It’s Hard Not To Judge

We should not judge, that’s what the bible say but to be completely honest, it’s one of the hardest things not to do. As believers God’s Word tell us not to judge and that is what we should do. Look at Jesus, He never judge. He looked at Matthew and didn’t see the sinful tax collector that everyone saw. (See Mark 2:16) He looked at the Samaritan women at the Well and didn’t see a nasty woman who slept around with other peoples husbands. (see John 4:1-42) And He didn’t look at “us” as He was on the cross and saw horrible sinners. (See Luke 23:34) When and wherever He looked, He saw a need that needed to be filled.

Today… No, every day do whatever you can not to judge someone, instead model what Jesus did, look for a need that needs to be fill. That’s what we should be doing! Remember the Scribes and Pharisees that was always around judging everything Jesus did, satan used them to do his dirty works. When we judge, we are stoping a good opportunity for something great or life changing. God is pleased with us and is glorified when something good happen and satan doesn’t like that. So don’t allow satan to stop you from helping or getting to know someone on a deeper level. Showing them the love that lives inside of you… the love of Jesus Christ. So don’t judge!

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)

“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” (John 7:24)

“You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.” (John 8:15)

“Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?” (James 4:11-12)

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Faith’s Superhero

A superhero gets stronger as the problem gets bigger, our faith should be the same. We should have superhero faith… faith that gets stronger as the problem gets bigger because we have a superhero called the Holy Spirit living inside of us. Allow the Spirit of God to empower you… as a believer you have that spirit living inside you, use it! Stay obedient and faithful to whatever God calls you to do or go through. And keep the joy always in your heart as you go through life hard times, knowing that the ending will be a happy one like every superhero movie.

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18)

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Heaven Welcome Every Kind

I love reading Revelation chapter 7, it talks about the beauty of all nations and kind that will be in heaven that great day, those who believed in Him. I pray you will be there to. If you are not sure, I argue you to accept Jesus today. Heaven welcome all who believe, no matter where you’re from, there’s a home in Heaven for you. “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9-10)

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Be Perfect

When you are born again, you have Jesus DNA in you. You can’t help but to act like Him… you should be acting like Him, you should be able to love your enemy, you should be able to forgive, you should be able to live a life that pleases the Father. Who say you can’t be perfect. You CAN be perfect because Jesus is perfect, he lives in you, thus you can be perfect with His help. I am not perfect but I am being perfected by Him. Jesus said, “But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)

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The Devil’s Workshop – Idle hands and mind.

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop. Idle mind are the devil’s playground. Idle hands are the devil’s tools. Idle brains are the devil’s workhouses. If the Devil finds a Man/Woman idle, he’ll set him at work. The devil finds work (or mischief) for idle hands and/mind to do.

There are many variations, but they all follow the same theme: A person who doesn’t have something particular to occupy himself with, doing something, will be tempted to occupy himself with sin. The phrasing is not found in the Bible, but like many “chimney corner scriptures” it has its roots in a scriptural idea.

Idleness means you have no particular goal in mind and thus you can be easily distracted. Like King David being tempted with lust for Bathsheba and committing adultery with her because he wasn’t doing what he should have been doing. He stayed home instead of going to battle with the rest of the army. (II Samuel 11:1-4)

In the New Testament of the Bible, warning is given about supporting young widows from the church’s funds because it leaves the woman with little to do. “And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not. Therefore I desire that the younger widows marry, bear children, manage the house, give no opportunity to the adversary to speak reproachfully. For some have already turned aside after Satan.” (I Timothy 5:13-15)

For this same cause, all Christians are commanded to work or keep busy. “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread” (II Thessalonians 3:10-12).

Don’t allow the Devil to use you to do his dirty works. Keep busy… work… find something to do, learn to play a instrument, clean, cook, write, sing, play a game, read a book, better yet read THE BOOK the Bible. Just keep busy and work. Facebook, Tweeter and all the other social website don’t count in keeping you busy…lol… because satan can and is using them to make us sin by making us busybodies and gossipers. (busybodies – person who pries into or meddles in the affairs of others.)

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God Dream – Are your dreams from God?

Based on Joseph’s Story in Genesis Chapter 37 to Chapter 45

Ever wonder if your dreams where from God? If your dream does not require for God to show up, it’s not a “God dream.” A dream from God (a God dream) always requires testing and trials in order for the dream to come about. Dreams that are from God go through three tests and trials: Rejection, Temptation and Retribution.

1) Rejection: When Joseph told his brothers his dream, they laughed at him.

– Don’t tell your dream to people who don’t matter. If its a “God dream” God is going to make it a reality.

– When favor is upon you… your life people are going to notice it… notice you and some will hate you, reject you and criticize you.

– Give God praise even in your lowest of lows.

– Your rejection is often times God’s direction.

– When God favors you, no matter what you go through or where you end up you will flourish. Just trust in Him.

2) Temptation: Joseph was tempted by Pharaoh’s wife but he didn’t take the easy way out and sleep with her, he ran away from her.

– If you have a “God dream” that is developing inside of you, there will be things that will come in front of you that you will need to run from.

– Don’t take the easy way out, even if you have to suffer.

– Temptation comes when your dreams are close to being fulfilled.

– You have to always be using and activating your faith. Stop having your faith on the back burner only to be used when hard testing times come. Use it every day so that your faith in the Lord will continue to grow.

3) Retribution: Joseph could have gotten back at his brothers but he forgave them.

– A “God dream” is to be a blessing to others, not to get back at anyone.

– Joseph didn’t see the big picture of his “God dream” until the end. His dream with his brothers bowing down before him was not for them to worship him or for him to get back at them but to help them and his people. He did not seek judgment or retribution. In the end Joseph pass all the test and trials set out for him and his dream became a reality.

“Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.” (Psalms 105:19 NLT)

God’s development of a dream always takes some time but we must be willing to endure and pass the trials and test of rejection, temptation and retribution.

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Keep your friends close and your God closer

You’ve heard the old expression, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” However, I don’t agree with this wisdom of the world. I think it should be this way, “Keep your friends close and your God closer.” The bible say “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8) He did not say “draw near/close to your enemy,” instead He said, “…love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,” (Matthew 5:44)

Why would you keep your enemies close so they can cause more destruction in your life. When you have someone who is always negative and always around negative people then you are only going to get negativity from their lives and it will fill your life too. Some of us know who are enemies are and some of us have no clue. Most of the time they are enemies pretending to be our friend. The bible say “A friend loves at all times..” (Proverbs 17:17) I think the hardest thing for us Christians especially new believers is letting go of friends we know aren’t right for us.

So ask yourself these questions: Do my friends build my relationship with Christ or do they hinder my relationship with Him? Who are you listening to, them more than God? If your friends are continually critical, always gossiping about others and tearing down people with their comments, saying and doing things that are not right in the sight of the Lord? Then it is time to change your friends. Once you have answers these questions, decide whether you need to build your friendships more on God or find new friends. “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)

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Tears

I feel it coming, trying to make its debut, So I blink and blink trying to hold it back, trying my best to shake it off. But my heart is so heavy, overwhelmed by the circumstances but I do my best not to let it out.

Then it starts again, so I tell myself, it’s going to be ok! Look, there’s a rainbow waiting at the end of this storm. But its not working, I feel… I feel them coming, like a river trap by logs, I hold them in, doing all I can to hold them back.

My faith tells me to be strong. For just like a mother giving birth in pain to her baby, after the pain there is joy… joy is coming, just trust and have faith, I tell myself. I know this and I do have faith but here it comes again because today is like no other day, the sadness is in full gear.

So again I tell myself there’s a rainbow at the end of it all. Don’t you dear cry… you can’t cry, you can’t let the enemy see you down. But then I remember Jesus wept too, and after the tears came joy, a great celebration. Know that rain needs to fall for things to grow.

There is victory and happiness after the tears, so its ok to cry. This thought hit me like a brick, it got to me, so I cried out Lord please help! That’s all it took, no more could I hold them back. Like a waterfall they came out, they came down… The tears, they made their debut… Tears that turned into weeping, weeping that will soon be turned into joy.

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The Battle of Good vs Evil

I don’t think people who become a Christian really know or understand what they are getting themselves into. I picture it like this, imagine every day you wake up in a war camp, putting on your armor (which is reading the bible and praying, seeking God before you start your day) and then heading into the battle of Good vs Evil. There beside you is Jesus, you are fighting these evil looking things (which is demons, in reality they are temptations, bad friends, bad choices…etc…) At the end of the battle (the day) you either come out a Warrior with Jesus and the Angelic army celebrating you and the victory. Or you get wounded in battle and Jesus has to come and rescue you, take you back to camp and patch you up (which is forgiven, strength, grace and mercy when you confess) and prepare you for the next battle, the war against Good and Evil. This is what truly take place every day when we wake up. Spiritually we are in a war, a battle with the enemy and his army. I don’t know about you but I wanna come out a warrior every time instead of wounded every time, needing Jesus to come and rescue me. But I am so thankful for the many times He has come and rescued me. I will keep fighting the good fight until I come out a warrior every time, because Jesus is right by my side. Praise The Lord!

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What Does the Bible Say About Halloween

Growing up as a child, my parents would not let my sisters and I celebrate Halloween. It never bothered us much, plus growing up on the island of the Bahamas people there never celebrate it as big as America do. It was not safe to do so, plus my parents knew the evil behind Halloween and never wanted us to be a part of that. Thank you Jesus!!!

The “world” make Halloween seem like its something fun… dressing up in funny costumes, getting candies, partying and enjoying time with friends… its harmless fun! But the truth is Halloween represents an opportunity to embrace the evil, devilish, dark side of the spiritual world. As Christians you and I are placed in this world to be a light in a world of darkness.

Christians should be teaching their children (age appropriately) that: there is a spiritual world filled with goodness from God and evil from Satan (Eph. 2:1-10); life with Christ has power over darkness (I John 4:4); and those who celebrate Halloween either are unaware of its roots, or what it consist of, or are intentionally promoting a world where evil is lauded and viewed as an ultimate power.

Rather than “hide” in the face of evil, we should unabashedly and boldly create an alternative that is positive and uplifting; that celebrates good over evil and the triumph of God over Satan. We need to provide an environment that also makes room for heaps of fun while using the day as a “teachable moment” to celebrate God’s protection, provision and purpose for our lives.

So What Does the Bible Say? The bible doesn’t mention Halloween or anything about it but it do tells us NOT to partake in evil works and Halloween celebrates just that, EVIL!

“Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)

“And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 20:6-7)

“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-13)

“Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:7-11)

“Abstain from every form of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

Read also – Ephesians 2:1-10

For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You. (Psalm 5:4)

So, whatever you do this Halloween ask yourself these questions.

What would Jesus do?
I’m I entertaining Evil or Satan?
Will I be mastered by this?
Is it helpful to me?
Will this help me to become a better Christian, a better friend, a better brother or sister?

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” (1Corinthians 6:12)

God gives us the freedom to do what we want to do, but if whatever we do would make others and/ ourselves fall, we should not do or partake in it

Read also – 1 Corinthians 8:7-13

Ask yourself, Does it glorify God?
Can this activity glorify God in some way?

1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us, “So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

So as Christians, Is there no other way to reach out to these lives that need to be saved? Is Halloween to you the only way you feel is easy for you to reach out to them because they are coming to your “door step”? As we walk with Christ each and every day God allows someone to come to our “door step”. This happens on a consistent bases, could be your Co-workers, a teller at a bank, your neighbor, the waiter you had at lunch time when you went to your favorite restaurant, at a gasoline station the guy next to you that was pumping gas as well etc. (are you reaching out to them in creative ways?)

I think as so called “Christians” we find ways to compromise our beliefs, we find reasons or excuses to make it seem like its ok. Don’t make it seem like Halloween is the only time of the year that you can reach out to lives. I don’t celebrate halloween, like it was said before we are in this world, we are not from it.

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,… I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. (John 17:1, 14-17)

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