Jeremiah's Complaint

Jeremiah 20:7-18

 

Jeremiah preached at the Valley of Ben Hinnom,(I preach on the radio in Indianapolis and have shared His word and message for 13 years) the center of idolatry in the city. He also

preached in the temple,(they refuse to receive my message) which should have been the center of true worship. Both attracted many

people, both were places of false worship.

Pahhur was the official in charge of maintaining order in the temple. He was also a priest and had

pretended to be a prophet. After hearing Jeremiah's words, Pashhur had him beaten and put in

the stocks (locked up) instead of taking his message to heart and acting on it. The truth

sometimes stings, but our reaction to the truth shows what we are made of. We can deny the

charges and destroy evidence of our misdeeds, or we can take the truth humbly to heart and

let it change us. Pashhur may have thought he was a strong leader, but he was really a

coward.

Jeremiah cried out in despair mixed with praise, unburdening his heart to God.

He had faithfully proclaimed God's word and had received nothing in return but persecution

and sorrow. Yet when he withheld God's word for a while, it became fire in his bones until he

could hold it back no longer. When God's living message of forgiveness becomes fire in your

bones, you also will feel compelled to share it with others, regardless of the results.

 

DELAYING SOMEONE'S CALL BY GOD IS THE SAME AS DENYING THEIR CALL FOR GOD

Don't deny anyone who wants to share Jesus and His message. Help them. Encourage them and

listen to them.

 KNOW- THAT GOD HAS SENT ME!- JULY 5th, 2018

Hananiah had just come up with a prophecy everyone liked. He declared that God would soon

bring relief from all their problems and oppressors. Jeremiah had to admit that Hananiah's

words echoed his own wishes. He sincerely hoped Hananiah was right.

But unfortunately, Hananiah's words were not from God. Positive or negative, God's words

are exactly true. We, like Jeremiah, may honestly wish for results or benefits outside God's

plans. But if we are going to be faithful to God's Word, there will be times when we must

disagree with our own wishes in order to speak the truth and be obedient to God.

Jeremiah spoke the truth, but it was unpopular; Hananiah spoke lies, but his deceitful words

brought false hope and comfort to the people. God has already outlined the marks of a true

prophet (Deuteronmony 13; 18:20-22) a true prophet's predictions always come true and his

words never contradict previous revelation. Jeremiah's predictions were already coming true,

from Hananiah's death to the Babylonian invasions. But the people still preferred to listen

to comforting lies rather than painful truth.

 

 

 

 

THEY EVEN ACCUSED JESUS OF BEING DEMON POSSESSED

By John MacArthur

Can Christians Be Demon Possessed?

We must remember, first of all, that God’s Word is our only reliable source of truth about Satan and demons.

Princeton theologian and scholar Dr. Charles Hodge rightly warned: 

No amount of learning, no superiority of talent, nor even the pretension to inspiration, can justify a departure from the . . . truths taught by men to whose inspiration God has borne witness. All teachers must be brought to this standard; and even if an angel from heaven should teach anything contrary to the Scriptures, he should be regarded as anathema, Gal. 1:8. It is a matter of constant gratitude that we have such a standard whereby to try the spirits whether they be of God (Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972], p. 395).

What does God’s Word, the touchstone of truth, say? Can demons inhabit or spatially indwell a true believer? Can they walk through an open door and become a squatter? Proponents of today’s spiritual warfare movement say yes, but they base their answer on subjective experience, not on God’s Word. The Bible makes it clear that such a claim has no justifiable basis.

There is no clear example in the Bible where a demon ever inhabited or invaded a true believer. Never in the New Testament epistles are believers warned about the possibility of being inhabited by demons. Neither do we see anyone rebuking, binding, or casting demons out of a true believer. The epistles never instruct believers to cast out demons, whether from a believer or unbeliever. Christ and the apostles were the only ones who cast out demons, and in every instance the demon-possessed people were unbelievers.

The collective teaching of Scripture is that demons can never spatially indwell a true believer. A clear implication of 2 Corinthians 6, for example, is that the indwelling Holy Spirit could never cohabit with demons:

What harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people”  (vv. 15–16).

In Colossians 1:13, Paul says God “delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.”  Salvation brings true deliverance and protection from Satan. In Romans 8:37, Paul says we overwhelmingly conquer through Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:57, he says God gives us the victory. In 2 Corinthians 2:14, he says God always leads us in triumph. In 1 John 2:13, John says we have overcome the evil one. And, in 4:4, he says the indwelling Holy Spirit is greater than Satan. How could anyone affirm those glorious truths, yet believe demons can indwell genuine believers?

DEMON POSSESSION AND TRUE CONVERSION

Many of the leading voices in today’s spiritual warfare movement are too quick to hail every profession of faith in Christ as proof of salvation. That reflects the easy-believism that has swept this generation.

A thorough biblical understanding of the doctrine of conversion makes it clear that demons could never indwell or possess a believer. Jonathan Edwards wrote about true conversion:

Scripture describes conversion in terms which imply or signify a change of nature: being born again, becoming new creatures, rising from the dead, being renewed in the spirit of the mind, dying to sin and living to righteousness, putting off the old man and putting on the new, becoming partakers of the divine nature, and so on.

It follows that if there is no real and lasting change in people who think they are converted, their religion is worthless, whatever their experiences may be. Conversion is the turning of the whole man from sin to God. God can restrain unconverted people from sin, of course, but in conversion he turns the very heart and nature from sin to holiness. The converted person becomes the enemy of sin.

What, then, shall we make of a person who says he has experienced conversion, but whose religious emotions soon die away, leaving him much the same person as he was before? He seems as selfish, worldly, foolish, perverse and un-Christian as ever. This speaks against him louder than any religious experiences can speak for him.

In Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision, neither a dramatic experience nor a quiet one, neither a wonderful testimony nor a dull one, counts for anything. The only thing that counts is a new creation (The Experience That Counts! p. 99).

In Matthew 12, Christ rebuked those who were following Him just for the sake of witnessing great signs and wonders:

When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it. Then it says, “I will return to my house from which I came” ; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes, and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation (vv. 43–45).

Instead of responding with spectacular signs and wonders, Christ addressed their need for salvation. Many people appear to have their lives in order. But in reality, they have not trusted Christ as Savior and Lord. Their souls are “unoccupied” — that is, the Holy Spirit does not indwell them. Thus they are open to demonic invasion. That cannot be true of those whose bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (cf. 2 Cor. 6:16).

According to 1 Peter 1:5, when Christ reigns in a person’s life, that person is kept by God’s power. As a result, “the evil one does not touch him”  (1 John 5:18). When the Holy Spirit inhabits a person, no demon can set up house as a squatter. Indwelling by demons is only evidence of a lack of genuine salvation.

SHOW NO FAVORTISM!

Genuine faith-Favoritism Forbidden

My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism. Suppose a man

comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes

also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a

good seat for you, " but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet."

have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil throughts?

Listen, my dear brothers. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to

be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who loves him? But you have

insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are

dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to

whom you belong?

James 2:1-7

Love is the way I walk in Gratitude with the Lord

We thank our Father for one thing alone; that we are separate from no living thing, and

therefore one with Him. And we rejoice that no exceptions ever can be made which would

reduce our wholeness,  nor impair or change our function to complete the One Who is Himself

completion.

We give thanks for every living thing, for otherwise we offer thanks for nothing, and we fail to

recognize the gifts of God to us.

Then let our brothers lean their tired heads against our shoulders as they rest a while. We offer

thanks for them. For if we can direct them to the peace that we would find, the way is

opening at last to us. An ancient door is swinging free again; a long forgotten Word re-echoes

in our memory, and gathers clarity as we are willing once again to hear.

Walk....then, in gratitude the way of love. For hatred is forgotten when we lay comparisons

aside. What more remains as obstacles to peace?

The fear of God is now undone at last, and we forgive without comparing. Thus we cannot

choose to overlook some things, and yet retain some other things still locked away as "sins".

When your forgiveness is complete you will have total gratitude, for you will see that

everything has earned the right to love by being loving, even as your Self.

Your gratitude is due to Jesus Christ alone Who made all cause of sorrow diappear throughout

the world. It is insane to offer thanks because of suffering. Christ is the link that keeps you

one with God, and guarantees that seperation is no more than an illusion of despair, for hope

forever will abide in Him. Home of the Holy Spirit, and at home in God alone, does Christ

remain at peace within the Heaven of your holy mind. The Holy Spirit reaches from the Christ

in you to all your dreams, and bids them come to Him, to be translated into truth.

A Course in Miracles

And Jesus said...."Sister, You are a Wonderful Mother"

What a grace bestowed upon a servant called of God to suffer for Christ. What an honor to

understand when our faith is tested by God. Not if we will win or lose, but to know the depth and

heighth and length and wideth of God's love for us.

The suffering turns to a rejoicing when the secret mysterious of Christ are revealed. We know

that the word of God tells us what is truth. And our children are protected by the wisdom we

share with our children and our obedience to God.

God will give you the truth in your situation. And it doesn't matter what others say in such a sensitive subject such as Motherhood. We all mother in ways differently and God only knows your love and how you love. God knows the whole story.

God is the only person who can validate the substance of your sacrificail love you give your children and

it is true, the proof is in the results of your effort. Only God knows the hard work, the sacrifice that no one else saw, the efforts, the everything you did unselfishly for your children.

When my daughter was born, I knew that she would be the center of our world, my husband

and I and she was. I couldn't wait to be a mom.

 Every moment of turn as she grew from infancy, I was setting appointments for her pictures, new outfits and even sometimes a fancy little hat for her to wear. She was and still is my joy!

My daughter is now 19 years old and I couldn't be more proud as a mother.

I worked at my relationship with my daughter, even through my struggles of drug addiction, our bond is and

always will be strong.

I taught my daughter good values as a person and the difference between right and wrong. To think of others and manners that other adults

noticed were immpeccable who compared hers to other adults that surpassed theirs. She is intelligent and a good

problem solver and hates drama. She cares deeply and loves animals. And I LOVE that about her.

 From the time I can remember, I gave her choices in situations in order for her to feel

comfortable in deciding what she wanted and to understand who she was as a person.

 I didn't want a day to go by that I didn't tell her I loved

her and many days,  I said it often. One of our closeness we shared was the mischief we would play and plan together, hiding behind doors and surprising her, squirting her with a water gun for punishements and laughing, knock knock jokes while riding in the car together, making up sounds for her to memic, funny sounds. Super fun and glued we were.....super inseperable.

I shared my feelings with her, my mistakes and would often talk with her from the time she was very little. I let her understand I wasn't perfect or  I knew all

the answers and apoligized when I should. I felt that praying before bed was important, until

she was old enough to make the choice to choose who God was to her, and Jesus.

My daughter went every where with me and many times in my property management deals.

I loved dressing her up in cute apparrel, and shoes. I took my time in brushing her hair which

she often refused to let me put it up in pony tail and that was just fine with me, it was her choice. Often her friends were invited over to play,

and I loved it. I always had a ball playing with her and her friends.

My daughter's birthday parties were the best. I sometimes would plan a month in advance to

make sure everything would be perfect. The gifts for the guest, the cake especially made just

for her, and all the decorations. It had to be awesome!. Carefully planned games and prizes

for all the kids, and enjoyed every minute of it. We often had friends join the party and

it would last into the night time. Great Fun! Fried turkey one year, Binky the clown, new

pet, hamster one year, and balloons, and bumper boat rides.

Often other parents would tell me of the terrible two's and I waited but she never fell into

that phase, maybe the terrible three's I heard about, never went down that road with her in

that way. We were the best of buds.  You see, we both were content with one another, and we enjoyed each other. It

was give and take in our relationship with mutual respect for each other's feelings and life worked for both of us in a good way, every day.

 Sometimes I would role play with her to teach leadership skills which allowed me to be a kid again. I taught her to be able to express her feelings and not be afraid to tell me the truth, and she did, always. She couldn't keep anything from me. And we both dealt with life and she said, she always felt better telling me things she questioned in life. When she was in grade school, she made a very adult decision of seperating herself from the wrong friend who would possible get her into trouble. She was in 4th grade I believe or 3rd? Her dad and I were amazed many times at her old soul wisdom even as a baby. She would observe and sit in contentment, just watching what was going on around her. Everything about her mattered to me, everything. Her happiness, her joy in life, her worth, even her virginity. I bought her a promise ring for purity at a young age.

My daughter was fun and enjoyable, she often went with the flow of things and was never a

fussy person or baby. She starting talking at nine months old.

 She lifted me up in life,even as a teen ager, I couldn't get enough of her and I often told that to people.

From a very young age I listened to understand her and created a bond that instilled a worth and value. I made it a point to let her know

how awesome she is, wonderful she is, and how much we loved her. Everyday, I spoke life

into my daughter and gave her a sense of Independance that would sustain her if anything

ever happened to her dad and I.

My world was my daughter and my husband, until one night I overdosed on drugs. My world changed drastically. And then God showed up to draw me coming out of an out of body experience.

God pursued me for the next two years in helping me get sober from my addictions.  I was in hell and it surrounded me while God was making Himself

known in my life supernaturally. I fought for sobriety and God was making Himself real as a person in supernatural ways.

 My daughter is a huge reason I got sober.

My daughter is a huge reason I am alive today and seeking my calling for God. She would often uplift me and encourage me.  She has been there to help me fight to live. My daughter is a huge reason, I made it. My daughter is my

best friend and my daughter will always be my best friend.

The reason I am writing this is because God just spoke to me, and said,

"sister, you are a wonderful mother." God saw something in my heart He needed to speak to. 

I worked so hard to be the best mother in a conscious effort and God tells me I am.. and the proof is in the pudding. Proof is... my daughter is the result of wisdom found of all my efforts as a mother. Who she is today and the wonderful person she turned out to be as an adult. Speaking life and encouraging her growing up and supporting her no matter what. This is the result of the stablity and foundation that was built by her dad and I.

Mother's be good to your daughters because they will grow up one day and have to deal with

all the feelings from your actions whether good or bad or behaviors found

in co-dependancy or low self worth or self esteem. Everything matters of what

you plant in your children, so be good to them and plant good seeds of life, bless them, respect them, listen to them and do not curse them. Watch your tongue, it is a powerful tool that speaks life or death and the tone in which you use to speak to your children matters.

 You can have a degrading or condescending tone, or harsh tone and harsh words,

but the point is, everything matters in what you plant and how you say it. Your children is a product of your parenting skills in how they will cope with life without you. Our children are only on loan to us from God. And we are responsible for them until the age of decision, I say around 14. Pretty much your job is done in parenting. You then become the guide to help them along the way of them making their own choices, but their life belongs to them and God. For them to make their own decisions, good or bad, and to support them no matter what happens. Mistakes are lessons learned. If your not making mistakes, your not learning.

 We never give up on our children, we never abandon them and it is our responsiblity to let them know we are always available when they need us.

Do not listen to those who would criticize

your mothering ways. Let them examine themselves and test themselves of what their results

are in their own children and tell them their opinions of you as a mother is none of your business.

I have to commend my daughter for being strong in all my struggles as a spiritual warrior for

God, she supported me, and my husband. They may not have understood it all, as even i

did not, but they have been there for me. My daughter is amazing, i picked a good dad for her,

and she is the product of a purposed effort of working at a close relationship I value greatly.

She is one awesome and amazing young woman.

I asked God to mark her for greatness over 12 years ago?, asked Him to spare her the suffering that I

went through in life, but to bless her, highly favor her and protect her, because I can't.

And I know GOD's promises are true.  I'm going to make sure of that and leave an awesome

spiritual inheritance for her and others before I leave this earth.

And one day, she will know why I was

working so hard in seeking God in all my years from the moment He rescued me when I overdosed on drugs in 2002.

Thank you Ica for helping me in this world so I could rescue many out of their sins for salvation. You ROCK ICA!

Thank you Ica for being the best daughter a mother could ever have or want. God chose you for me and I couldn't see my life without you.

Love Mom

Shalom

DO NOT KEEP SILENT, FOR I AM WITH YOU SAITH THE LORD

Francis: The powerful always try to silence the prophets

Announcing the Gospel means facing the possibility of persecution, Francis said at this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, according to Vatican Radio’s report. Today there are perhaps more martyrs in the Church than there were in the early days of Christianity, he went on to say, encouraging faithful not to be afraid of misunderstandings and persecution.

Taking a passage for the Book of Wisdom as his inspiration, Francis observed that Jesus’ enemies lay traps for him, they make slanderous statements about him and try to defame him. They prepare to destroy what is Just. He opposes their actions, he condemns acts that violate the law and the education received. The prophets have been persecuted throughout the history of salvation because they say: “You have taken the wrong path! Return to the path of God!” But those who have taken the wrong path do not like this.

“Today's Gospel is clear, no? Jesus hid, in those last days, because His hour had yet to come – but He knew what end he would make, and how He would make it. Jesus is persecuted from the beginning: when we remember the beginning of his preaching, He returns to His country, goes to the synagogue and preaches. After great adulation, the voices begin almost right away to murmur: ‘But, we know where He comes from… He is one of us… with that authority comes He to teach us? Where did He study?’ [Thus] they write Him off. It is the same old thing: ‘But we know where He is from! Christ, however, when He comes, no one will know where he is from. Write the Lord off, write off the prophet in order to take away his authority.”

They do so because Jesus went out and released them from that closed religious environment, from that cage.” The prophet “fights against those who put the Holy Spirit in a cage. This is why they are always persecuted!” “The prophets,” Pope Francis said, “are all persecuted or misunderstood,” pushed aside – a situation that does not cease to repeat itself after Christ’s death and resurrection, but continues even in the Church. “When we read the lives of the saints, Pope Francis said, “how many misunderstandings [have there been], how many of the saints have suffered persecution… because they were prophets.”

"Many thinkers in the Church were persecuted, as well. I think of one, now, at this moment, not so far from us: a man of good will, a prophet indeed, who, in his writings reproached the Church for having lost the way of the Lord. He was summoned in short order, his books were placed on the index [the list of works that were banned or restricted to experts because of their problematic, erroneous and even heretical content], they took away his teaching positions – and thus, this man’s life ended – and it was not so long ago. [Now] time has passed, and today he is Blessed. How is it, though, that he, who yesterday was a heretic, is today a Blessed of the Church? It is because yesterday, those who had power wanted to silence him because they did not like what he was saying. Today the Church, who, thanks be to God knows repent, says, ‘No, this man is good!’ Moreover, he is on the way to sainthood: He is a Blessed.”

“All the people whom the Holy Spirit chooses to tell the truth to the People of God suffer persecution,” Pope Francis said – and Jesus “is precisely the model, the icon.” The Lord took upon Himself “all the persecutions of His people.” The Holy Father went on to note that Christians continue to suffer persecution even today. “I dare say,” he added, “that perhaps there are as many or more martyrs now that in the early days,” because they tell the truth and proclaim Christ Jesus to a worldly society in love with ease and desirous of avoiding problems.”


“There is the death penalty or imprisonment for having the Gospel at home, for teaching the Catechism, today, in some parts of the world. A Catholic from one of these countries told me that they cannot pray together. It is forbidden. People can only pray alone and in secret – but they want to celebrate the Eucharist and how do they do? They throw a birthday party, they pretend to celebrate the birthday there and [have Mass] before the ‘party’. It has happened. When they see the police arrive, they just hide everything and [continue with the birthday party-cover]. Then, when [authorities] leave, they finish the [Mass]. They have to do so, because it is forbidden to pray together: in this very day.”



This “is the way of the Lord: it is the path of those who follow the Lord.” Pope Francis went on to say that this story ends as always in Resurrection, though only by passing by way of the Cross. The Holy Father then turned his attention to Fr. Matteo Ricci, SJ, an evangelizer of China, who was not understood, either. “He obeyed as Jesus did, though,” Pope Francis said. “Always,” he continued, “there will be persecutions, misunderstandings. Jesus is Lord, however, and that is the challenge and the Cross of our faith.” The Pope concluded, asking God to give us the grace to go on His way, and if it happens, even with the cross of persecution.” 

No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

1 John 9-10

But I want you to know brethern, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Philippians 1:12-14

For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints  the Son who has been perfected forever.

Hebrews 7:28

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