Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Coming Future

bloodmooninjerusalemI’m sure most of you have heard excerpts on Youtube  or seen the book out, The Four Blood Moons by John Hagee.  Well, Evangelist Perry Stone also has expounded on this subject.  But here, is a link straight from NASA to back it up scientifically.  This will be directed at those who want to see Israel destroyed.  This link on NASA bears out God’s word:

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2014.html

The term 4 Blood Moons, means eclipses.  The first is on the Jewish passover of 4/15/2014. The second, on the Jewish Sukkat 10/8/2014, the next an eclipse of the sun which I believe he said only comes every 50 years or so, again on the Jewish day of Adar 29 NISAN 1 on 3/20/2015.  The next eclipse of the moon is on 4/15/15 again on Passover, and the last on Sukkat again 10/15/2015.

Joel 2:30 “And I will show wonders in the Heavens and in the Earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.” ( This pertains to the Great Tribulation. ) 31 “The sun shall be turned to darkness, an the moon INTO BLOOD, before the great and terrible day of the LORD to come.” (This is fulfilled in Revelation 6:12 under the 6th seal.”  32 And it shalll come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered:  for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverence, as the Lord has said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.   ( The entirety of these passages proclaim three great outpourings of the Holy Spirit:  1. On the Day of Pentecost, which continues unto this hour [Acts 2:1-28:31]  2 During the future Great Tribulation. [Acts 2:16-21], and 3. During the Millennium [Isaiah 32:15,  44:3, Ezekiel 36:26-27, 39:29, Zechariah 12:10.])  parenthesis Expositor’s Study Bible.

The Sukkot Hagee reiterated stands for God’s protection of the Jewisih people.   The sun signals in Ezekiel 39 Gods prophesy against the Gentile powers at Armageddon; as God to be repulsed.   “And the word of the Lord came unto me saying,   2. Son of man, set your face against Gog, and the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him.   3 And say, Thus sayeth  the Lord God; Behold, I am AGAINST YOU, O GOG, the chief  prince of Meshech and Tubal.  ” The hook next mentioned is oil.

38:5 “PERSIA (Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya, with them “(Gentile nations: Russia, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Germany (Gomar) and Iraq…most all the nations of the Arab Spring).  Germany is Iran’s number one trading partner.  [ God has not forgotten the Holocaust, and he never forgets and HE will vindicate – Term unwalled villages means symbolism of God’s protection.  And now we have a President that is a weakling…not like 1948!   We are so war weary we are leaving Israel without protection, and God is keeping score!  Magog is Russia , Meshech ..Gog (man- Putin & oil).  See Genesis 10:2  The sons of Japeth were Gomer, and Magog (Russia & Moscow), and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal (Turkey, and Tiras.  Germany too, is Iraq’s number one trading partner, denying now the Holocaust,  in Ez 38.  Yet, look at the lies of Benghazi in Libya and this killing that was twisted lies of a tape that had nothing to do with the pleas from our Ambassador for help while Hillary and the rest ignored.  God is not forgetting!  The US now seen as being weak, gives countries now like Russia and Putin power to do whatever they want…ie now in the Ukraine.   Gods FURY and ANGER is going to be like the fire coming upon earth in HIS wrath.

Ok…but, God is a God of love you say?  NOT with WHAT is to come He isn’t.  Which is a mistake of  churches not preaching the truths on endtime prophecy, or not teaching it at all.   The God I know is a God of  love, who is always there and hears my prayers. But, He is has also ALWAYS been my Advocate.  Whenever in my long life, and even in court battles concerning wrongs, and my son’s mental illness that I fought so hard to get help?  Even when I was called a liar, in no uncertain terms, the TRUTH ALWAYS came out….ALWAYS..God..and I ended up 3 years after my sons death winning a Wrongful death case as he did not get the help he needed.  GOD allowed!  And my God has always been the God of JUSTICE….God too,  has always been the God of DISCIPLINE….When we do not obey, and we have an UNYIELDING  SPIRIT, an UNTEACHABLE SPIRIT, that is when God allows the devil in our lives.   Every time I erred in my early walk with God and did not heed the Holy Spirit in my decision making, I fell on my face.  And it was God who miraculously picked me up and dusted me off and again set me on the right path.  Sometimes His LOVE for us, has dire consequences until we “get it! ”  Why am I saying this now?  Because America and now the GOP with Karl Rove who is an agnostic, but, has all the money to flaunt, looking  for their Establishment candidate, has the power, money , and media backing, to again destroy this next election.   I write these posts, of late, in excruciating back pain, and yet claim healing that I had been given by God…and struggle, because I MUST OBEY HIM…AND GET THIS  OUT TO ALL OF YOU.  IT IS A WARNING.  Who am I?  Just a 70 something woman who is not afraid to speak out, that loves my God above all, and I love America.  This BLOG IS AFTERALL ABOUT HOPE!

We in America, and now other countries too, are so caught up in this pop culture (another post), Hollywood, and fast media technology of tweets, we can’t even be decent to each other. Crime is up, hate is up, murder and decapitation is up and publicized, with how to’s on our tv as well.  NOTHING is sacred anymore, nothing is honorable, including prayer or patriotism.  And God help me if we offend anyone.  There are no stops …to think about consequences before one acts out.  Everything that should remain private and personal, now is out there to demean, and the suicide rate is up once again.  But, this is a blog of hope.  Whereby, I plead that we all look within, that we cry out to God to get us back on our knees again.  That young people up to the 50’s LEARN what the word  DISCERNMENT means.  Do you follow the world and pop culture, or are you following Jesus and the Holy Spirit?  Discernment means,  the inner capability after prayer, to know the difference if the Holy Spirit is guiding you, or your being guided by false gods,  (demonic Gods) of the world, fame, promises of big money, etc. or God Almighty.  HE SHALL SUPPLY ALL OUR NEEDS.  If God shall supply all our needs, why would we let ourselves be cast down, with the fleshly desires of the world?  Know your adversary…his name is Legion. And I will leave it at that.

http://www.pray4zion.org/thecomingbloodmoons.html

 

 

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FDR, Churchill, History, and Obama

Winston-Churchill-9248164-1-402America has always had a good relationship with the Brits once the Revolutionary War was won, and history put us together with our sister country repeatedly.  I don’t think this President Obama, who claims to have a knowledge of history, fully understands this, else he wouldn’t have degraded the American Presidency by giving Prime Minister Gordan Brown, such trivial un-presidential a gift as CD’s, not to mention, giving back that wonderful statue of Winston Churchill.  That was an insult between our two countries.  We need the UK to be our friend and Allie, especially as now, in times of war.  The close relationship and the excellent working relations that developed between U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill were crucial in the establishment of a united effort to deal with the Axis powers of WWII.  Not only that, Churchill, knew how to deal with Stalin, and the Soviet Union, which Obama, does not (in this new cold war with Putin.)  And you discount, “history repeating itself?”

It would seem to me, that since we asked them for help in Iraq, and now need the Brits in Afghanistan also, that we extend the same excellent working relationship and friendship between our two countries; as Bush had with Tony Blair, so should Obama have with Gordan Brown.  Instead I saw a snub, and wall being put up between a country that is our most important Allie.  To that and a lot of other things this President is doing,  especially not speaking up and defending the uprising and deaths of the Iranian peoples.   Then again, I didn’t approve of AIG, and all those bonuses, which were actually approved by dems and the White House.  There is plenty of room for improvement in this administration, as well as a heavy dose of humility.  And while he wants the American people to “button down the hatch ” and be frugal, he certainly is not practicing that effort with his very frivolous trips, like NYC, who still thinks he is on the campaign trail (with taxpayer money).

For a quick refresher course in history, lets go back to WWII.  In late December, 1941, shortly after the entry of the United States into World II, Churchill met in Washington, D. C. with Roosevelt in what became known as the First Washington Conference, code name “Arcadia”.  The conference placed first priority on the Atlantic theater and defeat of Germany and Italy.  On December 24, 1941, Roosevelt and Churchill delivered Christmas greetings to the nation and the world from the South Portico of the White House, during the lighting of the National Community Christmas Tree; FDR closed his short message with the following passage, “And so I am asking my associate, and my old and good friend, to say a word to the people of America, old and young, tonight.

By August 1941, Roosevelt and Churchill met for the first of nine face-to-face conferences during the war.  The four-day meeting aboard a ship anchored off the coast of Newfoundland at Argentia Bay was devoted to an agreement  on war aims and a vision for the future.  The document created at this meeting and the neutral United States, was the Atlantic Charter.   It set forth concepts of self-determination,  end  to colonialism, freedom of the seas, and the improvement of living and working conditions for all people.  Many of the ideas were similar to those proposed by Wilson’s Fourteen Points, but not accepted by our allies at the Versailles Conference at the close of World War I.

From 1941 when they first met until FDR’s death in 1945, Roosevelt and Churchill sustained a close personal and professional relationship.  They established a easy intimacy, a joking informality and moratorium on pomposity and cant.  Roosevelt cabled Churchill after the meeting, “It is fun to be in the same decade with you.” And later he wrote, “I felt I was in contact with a very great man who was also a warm-hearted friend and the foremost champion of the high causes which we served.”  There is from an excellent book by Jon Meacham, “Franklin and Winston”.

Churchill also carried over the same loyalty to General Dwight David Eisenhower, who he relied on and trusted instinctively.  Almost immediately after France fell to the Nazis in 1940, the Allies planned a cross-Channel assault on the German occupying forces.  At the Quebec Conference in August 1943, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt reaffirmed the plan, which was code- named Overlord.  The decision to mount the invasion was cemented at the Teheran Conference held in November and December 1943.  Joseph Stalin, on his first trip outside the Soviet Union since 1912, pressed Roosevelt and Churchill for details about the plan, particularly the identity of the Supreme Commander of Overlord.   (although no decision had yet been made as to who that would be.)  Stalin pointedly rejoined, “Then nothing will come of these operations.  Who carries the moral and technical responsibility for this operation?  Churchill and Roosevelt acknowledged the need to name the commander without further delay.  Shortly after the conference ended, Roosevelt appointed General Dwight David Eisenhower to that position.

By May 1944, 2,876,000 Allied troops were amassed in southern England, while awaiting deployment orders, they prepared for the assault by practicing with live ammunition.  The latest armada in history, made up of more than 4,000 American, British, and Canadian ships, lay in wait.  More than 1,200 planes stood ready to deliver seasoned airborne troops behind enemy lines, to silence German ground resistance as best they could, and to dominate the skies over the impending battle theater.

Leaving headquarters at Portsmouth, Eisenhower first visited the British 50 th Infantry Division and then the U.S. 101st Airborne at Newbury; the latter was predicted to suffer 80 percent casualties.  The troops recognized “Ike” and the word quickly spread of his presence.  According to his grandson David, who wrote about the occasion in “Eisenhower: At War 1943-1945, the General wandered through the formless groups of soldiers, stepping over packs and guns.  The faces of the men had been blackened with charcoal and cocoa to protect against the glare and to serve as camouflage.  It was cheers, and positive talk,  like a roll call of battle honors.”

“At half past midnight, as Eisenhower returned to his headquarters at Portsmouth, the first C-47’s were arriving at their drop zones, commencing the start of “the Longest Day”.  The confusion  and carnage of the landing efforts as troops in full kit waded through choppy, bloodstained water amid the deadly, deafening thunder of enemy fire must be deeply etched in the memory of those who took part in or witnessed the assault.  During the invasion’s initial hours, Eisenhower lacked adequate information about its progress.  After the broadcast of his communique’ to the French people announcing their liberation, SHAEF switchboards were overwhelmed with messages from citizens and political officials.  SHAEF communications personnel fell 12 hours behind in transcribing radio traffic.  In addition, an Army decoding machine broke down.

According to his secretary-chauffeur Kay Summersby, as recounted in David Eisenhower’s book, “Eisenhower spent most of the day in his trailer drinking endless cups of coffee, ‘waiting for reports to come’.   He only gained sketchy details for most of the day about the British beaches, UTAH and the crisis at OMAHA, where for several hours the fate of the invasion hung in the balance.”  Eisenhower was forced to make his decision to proceed with a June 6th invasion in the predawn blackness of June 5th, while horizontal sheets of rain and gale force winds shuddered through the tent camp.  The forecast that the storm would abate proved accurate, as he noted later.  The vivid memory that stirred his memory doubtless heartened him throughout the day until conclusive word reached him that the massive campaign had indeed succeeded.

*Information compiled by archives for Government Education.  Documents are all on line.  http:www.archives.gov/education/lessons/fdr-churchill/index.html?

Whereas, that brings us to a lack of experience and knowledge of history, war, and our military by this new President.  The fact that he was even “thinking” about taking away medical coverage of our military and veterans, many of whom came back with no fanfare, no than-you’s, and this media, who is so left wing, did the same to the Vets when they came back from Vietnam.  It is inexcusable!  I love our Veterans, and I thank them from my heart for making our country safe and being put in harms way all over the world.  They volunteer to make us safe from war and terrorism.  Hear this, new director of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano; THEY are STILL enemy combatants, and STILL TERRORISTS.  Oh, how Islam and the terrorists even in this country must be in such joy that this Administration has opened the doors to another attack.  I read a prophesy by a preacher that NYC was once again going up in fire and smoke.  The same preacher that 3 weeks before 9/11 was given a prophesy that “something” was coming in NYC.  I believe Dave Wilkerson, and know the heart of his Church at Time Square and World Challenge, Teen Challenge.  Our defenses are down and I feel now that we might be friendless in time of need and crisis, under another attack, and our friends, the Brits, may not help us.

I therefore, pray for this President even though I am struggling with God, because I was so close to hating him., myself.  As a Christian, I forgave so many in my past, and I had no hates whatsoever, until this administration.  Dear God, help me, for I don’t know this man’s heart, and pray to you Lord , knowing you do.  Help us Lord in America do the right thing.  Protect us Lord, even though I know that “thine will, will be done”.  (The Lord’s Prayer)  God Bless America, and God bless our allies, Canada, and the UK.  I let go Mr President, I let God.

Winston:   http://www.biography.com/people/winston-churchill-9248164

Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was born to an aristocratic family on November 30, 1874. As his life unfolded, he displayed the traits of his father, Lord Randolph Churchill, a British statesman from an established English family, and his mother, Jeannie Jerome, an independent-minded New York socialite. As a young child, Churchill grew up in Dublin, Ireland, where his father was employed by his grandfather, the 7th Duke of Marlborough, John Spencer-Churchill. When he entered formal school, Churchill proved to be an independent and rebellious student. He did poorly at his first two schools and in April, 1888, he was sent to Harrow School, a boarding school near London. Within weeks of his enrollment, he joined the Harrow Rifle Corps, which put him on a path to a military career.

At first it didn’t seem the military was a good choice for Churchill. It took him three tries to pass the exam for the British Royal Military College. However, once there, he did well and graduated 20th in his class of 130. Up to this time, his relationship with both his mother and father was distant, though he adored them both. While at school, Churchill wrote emotional letters to this mother, begging her to come see him, but she seldom came. His father died when he was 21, and it was said that Churchill knew him more by reputation than by any close relationship they shared.

Churchill enjoyed a brief but eventful career in the British army at a zenith of British military power. He joined the Fourth Hussars in 1895 and served in the Indian northwest frontier and the Sudan, where he saw action in the Battle of Omdurman in 1898. While in the army, he wrote military reports for newspapers The Pioneer and the Daily Telegraph, and two books on his experiences, The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898) and The River War (1899).

In 1899, Churchill left the army and worked as a war correspondent for the Morning Post, a conservative daily newspaper. While reporting on the Boer War in South Africa, he was taken prisoner by the Boers while on a scouting expedition. He made headlines when he escaped, traveling almost 300 miles to Portuguese territory in Mozambique. Upon his return to Britain, he wrote about his experiences in the book London to Ladysmith (1900).

Early Careers: Government and Military

In 1900, Churchill became a Member of Parliament in the Conservative Party for Oldham, a town in Manchester. Following his father into politics, he also followed his father’s sense of independence, becoming a supporter of social reform.

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF..Before World War II Ambassador Joe Kennedy shook hands with Hitler..as we have the left Communists doing in Washington!   And when you play this video, it was the year before I was born, 1938 in NYC, Madison Square Garden!

How Ready Do You Have To Be

C_M_WardHow Ready Do You Have to Be?

The following is from an article from the mid 1980’s by the late C. M. Ward. I saved this for many years, short as it is..It says it all.

“Who is to judge whether or not a believer is “looking”? Who is the foolish society and what is the “wise” society? Labels now become libels.

Christ so loved the Church and gave Himself for it.  Am I to become a self-appointed arbiter and decide what portion of the Church is worthy?

Christ’s company, gathered in Galilee, was a polygot one.  It represented every shade of opinion and conduct. Christ thanked His Father for them and called them “friends.”

Saved by grace.  I will continue to be saved by “grace through faith”, and nothing more.  I can never save myself.  ‘Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace’. (II Thes 2:16).

This salvation is progressive.  I have been saved (from guilt).  I AM being saved (kept).  I SHALL be saved (from the presence of sin).  Now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  Paul says we look for the Saviour.  At the new birth I am accepted.  “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved.  (Eph 1:6) The salvation of the penitent thief took him fom the gallows to glory.  Grace is sufficient.

The salvation provided for me is “to the uttermost”.  There are no revisions needed.  The ‘catching up’ is not a reward.  It is an intrinsic part of my salvation.

The dead will be raised.  There are almost two thousand years of believers graves.  “The dead in Christ shall rise first. ” Jesus said,  “The hour is coming, in that which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (John 5:28-29  If all the dead in Christ shall be raised, justice demands that all the living in Christ shall be “caught up”.  “We shall ALL be changed.” It is true that some will be saved, “yet so as by fire.” But that is the Judgment Seat.

No longer our own.  My body is the possession of the Holy Spirit.  It is no longer the inventory of wrath  (hates). “And because ye are sons, God hath send forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba Father”.  (Gal. 4:6) I have become a portion of the “purchased possession. ”

“What?” Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost…and ye are not your own?”  (I Cor 6:19)  The believer’s body is under this contract.  Paul understood this.  “For our conversation is in heaven: from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” (Phil.3:20-21)

He will present us.  The “spots and wrinkles” are His business…not the evangelist’s or the denomination’s.  He has guaranteed to present me “without blemish”.  I will lean upon Him.  “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” (Jude 24)

Paul knew the Corinthian believers and he loved them.  They were far from perfect.  Some were quarrelsome.  Some were proud.  Some were babies.  Paul said “all” would be changed.  We must give account.   Very soon after this event a sorting will take place.  “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God”.  (Romans 14:12)  Paul says “everyone’s work shall be made manefest”.  All believers have an examination date.  “For we must all appear before the Judgment seat of Christ.”  (II Corinthians 5:10)

How can the believer “appear before the Judgment seat of Christ” if he or she is involved in the Great Tribulation?  Our condition will not cost us the COMING.  It will cost us the CROWN.

The Great C. M. Ward:

http://www.pentecostalgold.com/C_M_Ward.htm

http://www.sermonstore.org/CM-Ward/Ward-Index.html

 

 

Dealing With Cancer

Woman holding her head in her handsThe following was written in 2010 when I went through cancer…not once but twice (also an ovarian cancer in 2003). There are no easy solutions.  For anyone going through it now,  my prayers are with you.

I never thought I would have it.  It doesn’t run in my family.  But, I have breast cancer and have been dealing with it for a month now.  July 12th, I have a lumpectomy to look forward to, so my political opinions, will have to be on the shelf for the time being.

For women that have gone through it, you know it is not just a “piece of cake”, but very invasive and almost feeling like being violated.  Today, I had the Dobutamine Stress Echo tests, which took 2 hours at least in the hospital.   I had to have it this way, instead of a treadmill, since I have spine/arthritic problems and osteo.  They say the test is non invasive but it was to me.  The test combines an ultrasound of the heart (an echocardiogram) taken at rest and again at each stage of the medication, Dobutamine.  (Through an IV).  The Dobutamine increases the increase the heart rate similar to the effect of exercise or adrenaline.  This test helps identify the overall function of the heart valves and chambers and areas of abnormal blood flow to the heart muscle caused by blockages in the coronary arteries.  It uses ultrasound or sound waves to produce an image of the structures of the heart.  A technician applies gel to the chest wall, a wand-like tranducer is then moved across the chest creating two-dimensional images of the heart muscle and valves.

Once the intravenous line (IV) is inserted in the arm, ten ECG electrodes will be placed on your chest so that your heart can be monitored.  Baseline ECG’s. blood pressure, and echcardiogram will be done before starting the medication, and throughout the remaining parts of the testing.  If an adequate heart rate is not met during the Dobutamine administration, Atropine may be given.  There is chest discomfort, and could be dizziness or shortness of breath. For me, it was like my throat and chest were swollen and closing up and I started getting tremors and lightheadedness.  It was scary and uncomfortable.

I had yet another uncomfortable biopsy to go through the morning of my surgery as well.  Part of being a cancer patient.   I already have met with a radiation team,
as well as therapy, which I’ll need with my arm after the lymph nodes and cancer are removed in the lumpectomy.  I’ve been overwhelmed with all this information and appointments for the past month…before surgery!!  What they failed to tell me though, was there was another procedure called Brachytherapy, which puts a balloon where the tumor was, so when you have radiation, they insert a tube right to that balloon, and it saves all the other cells in the breast.  Whereby for stage 1, it is not invasive.

For others that have gone through cancer treatments, my prayers are with you, as it isn’t easy by any means.  I have faith, my Lord, and a lot of prayers. With that I’ll keep you all informed if your reading my blogs, and will let you know when I’m back writing again.  If my friend can go through a mastectomy I can get through this. She too, is a light.  A friend I’ve known since we were 5, 66 years ago now!  Plus, at church yesterday, I experienced such a wonderful “sisterhood” of women, that it touched me deeply.   One woman, just had the same surgery I am going to have, and ironically,  has the same surgeon.  She has just gotten through her last radiation treatment.  My daughter, though in NH, had breast cancer 8 years ago, which I always attributed to my Greek ex-husbands side of the family, as I said prior, my English-German family had no cancer whatsoever.

HOWEVER,  I live in a Federally run very beautiful Senior Apartment complex here in NH, that allows smoking.   For nearly fifteen years,  I have been exposed to “other people’s smoking”.   When I first moved here, in 1996, the couple that lived underneath me, having sold their home to live here in retirement, both smoked.  Then the husband,  got sick with COPD and his wife had to stop smoking as they had a huge “no smoking” sign on the door, as he was now very sick, carting around an oxygen tank.    Ah the perils of enjoying that last cigarette!   So help me, I think people that  smoke, are brain dead!    The woman across from them smoked, then also got sick  and went in a nursing home.  This man Henry, who was a friend of mine and helped me for many years, also smoked (although not around me).  And his poor little dog Teddie who must have gotten cancer too.   Henry’s heart started to fail with all that smoking and he too, had COPD.  The VA kept him and he too died 2 years ago in December 08.  He had a wonderful artistic talent and made models of old ships, in a Plexiglas case with a wood base, all from original schematics.  It was very intricate work and when he died, his daughter donated to a museum.  But, the smoke still remains in that apartment two years later, and is in the walls, and wallboard, insulation, and the woman that moved in, says she can still smell it. Paint does not get rid of years of that smoke.  Now I have a nice couple that live underneath me, but he still will not give up those cigarettes.  He even had cancer too, but still has 5 cigarettes a day, although thank God, his wife won’t let him smoke in the apartment.  But, sometimes when he smokes outside, it goes up through my windows, and porch.  Since then a woman in another building had a total mastectomy and the woman smoker across her porch who caused the 2nd hand smoke damage, has since died.

You know what got me?  Here I came home from my echo tests getting punched, so they can get the ultra sound pictures right…So sore…3 hours in the hospital, to go to my outside mailboxes, and give directives to my mailman, when I go in for surgery, and  there are 4 people standing around out there puffing away on cigarettes.   AND I HAVE CANCER!!!   I got this from all of them!!  I know I did.

This is the only senior apartment complex (and others that are run by Rural and Housing Development,  in the whole state of NH that allow smoking), this for people
62 + and/or DISABLED?  Wherefore, I took no time in writing to Washington, through my two Senators in NH.   THE FACTS COME FROM THE SURGEON GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES!  YET RURAL AND HOUSING (ANOTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY )SEEMS TO BE IN DENIAL!  These are the facts:

 

 

 

Secondhand Smoke

What is secondhand smoke?

Secondhand smoke is also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) or passive smoke. It is a mixture of 2 forms of smoke that come from burning tobacco: sidestream smoke (smoke that comes from the end of a lighted cigarette, pipe, or cigar) and mainstream smoke (smoke that is exhaled by a smoker).

When non-smokers are exposed to secondhand smoke it is called involuntary smoking or passive smoking. Non-smokers who breathe in secondhand smoke take in nicotine and other toxic chemicals just like smokers do. The more secondhand smoke you are exposed to, the higher the level of these harmful chemicals in your body.

Why is secondhand smoke a problem?

Secondhand smoke causes cancer

Secondhand smoke is classified as a “known human carcinogen” (cancer-causing agent) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US National Toxicology Program, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization.

Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemical compounds. More than 60 of these are known or suspected to cause cancer.

Secondhand smoke causes other kinds of diseases and deaths

Secondhand smoke can cause harm in many ways. In the United States alone, each year it is responsible for:

  • An estimated 46,000 deaths from heart disease in non-smokers who live with smokers
  • About 3,400 lung cancer deaths in non-smoking adults
  • Other breathing problems in non-smokers, including coughing, mucus, chest discomfort, and reduced lung function
  • 150,000 to 300,000 lung infections (such as pneumonia and bronchitis) in children younger than 18 months of age, which result in 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations annually
  • Increases in the number and severity of asthma attacks in about 200,000 to 1 million children who have asthma
  • More than 750,000 middle ear infections in children

Pregnant women exposed to secondhand smoke are also at increased risk of having low birth- weight babies.

Secondhand smoke may be linked to breast cancer

An issue that is still being studied is whether secondhand smoke increases the risk of breast cancer. Both mainstream and secondhand smoke contain about 20 chemicals that, in high concentrations, cause breast cancer in rodents. And we know that in humans, chemicals from tobacco smoke reach breast tissue and are found in breast milk.

But a link between secondhand smoke and breast cancer risk in human studies is still being debated. This is partly because breast cancer risk has not been shown to be increased in active smokers. One possible explanation for this is that tobacco smoke may have different effects on breast cancer risk in smokers and in those who are exposed to secondhand smoke.

A report from the California Environmental Protection Agency in 2005 concluded that the evidence regarding secondhand smoke and breast cancer is “consistent with a causal association” in younger women. This means that the secondhand smoke acts as if it could be a cause of breast cancer in these women. The 2006 US Surgeon General’s report, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, found that there is “suggestive but not sufficient” evidence of a link at this point. In any case, women should be told that this possible link to breast cancer is yet another reason to avoid being around secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke kills children and adults who don’t smoke, and makes others sick (Surgeon General’s report)

The 2006 US Surgeon General’s report reached some important conclusions:

  • Secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and in adults who do not smoke.
  • Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more severe asthma. Smoking by parents causes breathing (respiratory) symptoms and slows lung growth in their children.
  • Secondhand smoke immediately affects the heart and blood circulation in a harmful way. Over a longer time it also causes heart disease and lung cancer.
  • The scientific evidence shows that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Many millions of Americans, both children and adults, are still exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes and workplaces despite a great deal of progress in tobacco control.
  • The only way to fully protect non-smokers from exposure to secondhand smoke indoors is to prevent all smoking in that indoor space or building. Separating smokers from non-smokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings cannot keep non-smokers from being exposed to secondhand smoke.

Where is secondhand smoke a problem?

You should be especially concerned about exposure to secondhand smoke in these 4 places:

At work

The workplace is a major source of secondhand smoke exposure for adults. Secondhand smoke meets the standard to be classified as a potential cancer-causing agent by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the federal agency responsible for health and safety regulations in the workplace. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), another federal agency, also recommends that secondhand smoke be considered a possible carcinogen in the workplace. Because there are no known safe levels, they recommend that exposures to secondhand smoke be reduced to the lowest possible levels.

Secondhand smoke in the workplace has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease and lung cancer among adult non-smokers. The Surgeon General has said that smoke-free workplace policies are the only way to do away with secondhand smoke exposure at work. Separating smokers from non-smokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating the building cannot prevent exposure if people still smoke inside the building. An extra bonus other than protecting non-smokers is that workplace smoking restrictions may also encourage smokers to quit.

In public places

Everyone can be exposed to secondhand smoke in public places, such as restaurants, shopping centers, public transportation, schools, and daycare centers. Some businesses seem to be afraid to ban smoking, but there is no proof that going smoke-free is bad for business. Public places where children go are a special area of concern.

At home

Making your home smoke-free may be one of the most important things you can do for the health of your family. Any family member can develop health problems related to secondhand smoke.

Children are especially sensitive to secondhand smoke. Asthma, lung infections, and ear infections are more common in children who are around smokers. Some of these problems can be serious and even life-threatening. Others may seem like small problems, but they add up quickly: think of the expenses, doctor visits, medicines, lost school time, and often lost work time for the parent who must take the child to the doctor. In the United States, 21 million, or 35% of children live in homes where residents or visitors smoke in the home on a regular basis. About 50% to 75% of children in the US have detectable levels of cotinine, the breakdown product of nicotine, in their blood.

Think about it: we spend more time at home than anywhere else. A smoke-free home protects your family, your guests, and even your pets.

In the car

Americans spend a great deal of time in cars, and if someone smokes there, hazardous levels of smoke can build up quickly. Again, this can be especially harmful to children. In response to this fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency has a special program to encourage people to make their cars, as well as their homes, smoke-free. And some states have laws that ban smoking in the car if carrying passengers under the age of 17.

What about smoking odors?

There is no research in the medical literature about the cancer-causing effects of cigarette odors. Research does show that secondhand tobacco smoke can get into hair, clothing, and other surfaces.

Some researchers call this “thirdhand” smoke. This refers to the toxic particles that are left in the air after you can no longer see the smoke. Over time, they settle on surfaces and can be measured long after the person is done smoking. Though unknown, the cancer-causing effects would likely be very small compared with direct exposure to secondhand smoke, such as living in a house with a smoker. But this is an active area of tobacco research.

What can be done about secondhand smoke?

Local, state, and federal authorities can enact public policies to protect people from secondhand smoke and protect children from tobacco-caused diseases and addiction. Because there are no safe levels of secondhand smoke, it is important that any such policies be as strong as possible, and that they do not prevent action at other levels of government.

Many US local and state governments, and even federal governments in some other countries, have decided that protecting the health of employees and others in public places is of the utmost importance. Many have passed clean indoor air laws in recent years. Although the laws vary from place to place, they are becoming more common. Detailed information on smoking restrictions in each state is available from the American Lung Association at http://slati.lungusa.org.

To learn how you can become involved in helping to promote laws to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, you can visit the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network on the Web at www.acscan.org and see what’s happening across the country. The Web site can also take you to your state’s page so you can find out what is going on there. Or you can call ACS CAN at 1-888-NOW I CAN (1-888-669-4226).

Additional resources

More information from your American Cancer Society

We have selected some related information that may also be helpful for you. These materials may be viewed on our Web site or ordered from our toll-free number.

Guide to Quitting Smoking (also available in Spanish)

Questions About Smoking, Tobacco, and Health (also available in Spanish)

Smoking in the Workplace — A Model Policy

Other organizations*

Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:

American Heart Association & American Stroke Association
American Heart Association

Toll-free number: 1-800-242-8721 (1-800-AHA-USA-1)
Web site: www.americanheart.org
American Stroke Association

Toll-free number: 1-888-478-7653 (1-888-4-STROKE)
Web site: www.strokeassocation.org

Quitting tips and advice can be found at everydaychoices.org or by calling 1-866-399-6789

American Lung Association
Telephone: 1-800-586-4872
Web site: www.lungusa.org

Printed quit materials are available, some in Spanish. Also offers the tobacco cessation program “Freedom from Smoking Online” at www.ffsonline.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Office on Smoking and Health

Toll-free number: 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO)
Web site: www.cdc.gov/tobacco
Free quit support line: 1-800-784-8669 (1-800-QUIT-NOW)
TTY: 1-800-332-8615

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Telephone: 202-272-0167
Web site: www.epa.gov

Has advice on how to protect children from secondhand smoke, a Smoke-free Homes Pledge, and other tobacco-related materials on the direct Web site, www.epa.gov/smokefree

National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER)
Web site: www.cancer.gov
Toll-free tobacco line: 1-877-448-7848
Tobacco quit line: 1-800-784-8669 (1-800-QUITNOW)
Direct tobacco Web site: www.smokefree.gov

So, till I’m back giving my opinions and fighting for the America I love, I thought I’d tell you all why I won’t be active in July.  Happy and safe 4th…God Bless America and all of my friends that read what I write.  Thank you for your prayers.

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Bringing Up The Past

548043_10150652788392344_693757343_9485242_1401445366_nThis is for all of you, especially older parents that are saved, and yet constantly have to face persecution from children, family, old acquaintances, who constantly bring up the past.  It is also for those who have been wronged unjustly and have no way to prove otherwise.

You are saved.  Bought by the blood Jesus shed at Calvary, many of you may have grown children, or relatives, friends in your “old” life, that may remember you before you were saved. Perhaps you drank, perhaps you did drugs, or lived as the “world”.  But, now you are saved, and the things of the past are no more!  Yet, every once in awhile, whether it be family gatherings, or Christmas, or in passing, these particular people constantly bring up the past, and the “old you”.

I have gone through this…I know many women especially that are divorced, that go through this constantly.   I know of one from another church I attended awhile back, who is so hurt, too, with grown children that blame her for the divorce as mine have.  And they do not know this Donna as a woman of God.  I knew others then too…It hurts.   You smart under the condemnation and you know in your heart of hearts the truths, and the why’s and wherefore’s, yet you cannot prove a darn thing.   My children when I divorced my 2nd husband, were 10, 7, and 6.   They knew nothing!  So, I know exactly what these women are experiencing.

Then perhaps, you are a male…maybe the same things have happened to you as well.  Maybe you were doing drugs, and did things young, but now you belong to Jesus.   Yet, others you knew, still judge you wrongly.  Or perhaps as someone who is in the workplace and someone has lied about you and tried to get you fired because are a Christian.   And you can’t prove your innocence.   You feel wronged, hurt, angry, and persecuted.  After all, didn’t you pay enough of a price?

The one thing I’ve learned in my years as a Christian, is that God is the vindicator.  God and God alone ALWAYS, ALWAYS, has cleared the way,  for retribution and been my advocate.  And the TRUTHS ALWAYS, have  come out.   God always, vindicates, yet, sometimes, not in the time-table we would like, but, when He is ready, based upon our walk with Him, and our faith.  Meanwhile you hurt, and feel frustrated, want restoration and a relationship, and in spite of prayer after prayer, sometimes for years, you see no end in sight.

When we get saved, all things are under the blood at Calvary.   You cannot change the past one iota, and God says to let it go and give it to Him.  For me?  God took the “old man” (self) away from me, when I fell on my face before the Cross.  All sins passed away.  Now, chaste as the newly fallen snow…as a virgin all over again….under the blood Jesus shed on the CROSS.  Without the Cross, we are still in the world as those who sometimes judge us wrongly.   But, you have to let go and give it to God.  Without Christ in our lives, we are no better than the “world”.   But, we have to change our thinking….(a pastor used to say, stinkin’ thinkin).  So, this blog is a pep talk….to bolster you all up….

First, go in Genesis 37:18- 27  This is the story of Joseph, one of Jacob’s sons, whose brother’s wanted to kill him for his inheritance.   But, instead of killing him, they threw him into a pit, and stripped him of his coat “of many colors”, which his father gave him.  Then, they saw a company of Ishmeelites that came and decided to sell Joseph, and he was captive and led into Egypt.  His brothers lied to Jacob, (whose other name was Israel), but, had no idea of what was to come.  Think of how persecuted and betrayed Joseph must have felt.  For his father thought he was dead.   Many years passed, and Joseph was brought by Potiphar and officer of the Pharaoh, who took him away from the Ishmeelites.  Then it says in verse 39:2 But the LORD was with Joseph!!  and he was a prosperous man; and was in the house of his master, the Egyptian (found grace).  You see, GOD WAS WITH HIM…as He is with you. When you continue reading you see that then Zuleikah, the Pharaoh’s wife, tried to tempt him, and seduce him.   But, Joseph refused (vs 8),as he had respect because she was Pharaoh’s wife, but, also feared God.   So she became angry to try to trick him…but, he fled, leaving a garment in her hand.  So she lied to her husband, who then placed Joseph in prison….At that point he exchanged a palace for a prison.  But the LORD was with Joseph (vs 21),
who was wrongly accused.

Then it came to pass the Pharaoh had a series of dreams, and wanted an interpretation, but, none was found, and he became angry with his servants, so he called on Joseph.   Yet, when asked, Joseph gave ALL the glory to the Lord.   And he interpreted the dream.  The Pharaoh rewarded Joseph, knowing he had the Spirit of God in him…Whereby, he was made into a rich man, gathering all the food while there was plenty….Then came the famine.  The story being, that his brother’s, including, Benjamin came before him, who Jacob had sent, but, did not recognize Joseph.   But the story ends, with the brother’s still not knowing Joseph, bringing their father to Joseph as well.   Did Joseph retaliate and show anger upon them as they had left him to die, sold him for his inheritance, and finally sold him?  No, instead he had his men slaughter a lamb and they dined with him…And finally after all the tests and they reunited and knew Joseph and brought his father to him, and in Chapter 47, presented his whole family and their flocks, and herds to Pharaoh, whom Jacob also met.

I love that story.  For like Cain, who could not run from God hiding in the fields, after he killed his brother Able….Neither can our enemies and foes run from God and His retribution either.   Those that attack you and judge you who are not saved?  Remember, that they are doing the work of Satan and God not only sees your pain and heart, but, HE and HE alone will also vindicate you one day.    For when you say to someone, “It’s under the blood, as I’m forgiven, and it is no more”…And they answer with a “BUT”.  “I know , BUT…”  Well, there is no but..There is no Biblical Godly right if they are also saved, to throw  one thing of the past in your face..period! For Jesus paid the price, with all the blood He shed at the Cross.  Else it makes the whole gospel of Christ a lie, and He died for nothing.  Jesus abolished death when He came.

Isaiah 53:4-10 the Atonement chapter.  He paid the price for our sins.  In Lev. 16:9, and Is, it wasn’t the priest that slaughtered those poor innocent lambs at the Temple, but the people that brought them as sinners as an offering.  Can you imagine how deep the blood ran then?   Can you imagine how that Temple looked?   That’s why we need to constantly remember and repent of even the smallest sin.  For Jesus paid the price and God VINDICATED Him of ALL atonement.

That atonement for our sins, is also ours once we have repented and come to the cross to be saved.   It is free….our gift of grace.  Wherefore, accept no more condemnation from your enemies.   Philippians 4:5 “Be careful for nothing, in everything give prayer and supplication.”  If God be for me, then man cannot be against me.  He is my  vindicator and yours!   And with that vindication and standing on the word, comes faith.   You may not have restoration with your unsaved children right off, or even not in your lifetime, or see wrongs righted in your lifetime.  But, God knows.  And rest assured, HE will vindicate you.   Just remember that all accusations come from the devil.  God never accuses.

For you cannot move forward in your walk with God as a saved born again Christian, if you get yanked like a yo yo back and forth with your saved or unsaved loved ones or old friends, who keep accusing and bringing up the past.  No way..  You have to take a stand.  The devil is already defeated.  So stomp on him and take authority.   Matt. 7:4-5 How will you say to your brother let me pull out the mote in your eye, when the rock is in your own.”  Ye hypocrite…Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before the swine….I have blog after blog on my 2 sites here on hates…taking authority.  Let God purge all the hurt and anger out of you, and then you will have total peace.   It took me years and years to discover how this works.   Jesus took it all.   You can do nothing to change your past, and those you offended, except apologize, and move on to what God wants.

For you are royalty..You are a King’s Kid…If God loves you and is for you then accept no more condemnation.   And while we are not supposed to judge ourselves…”Judge not lest ye be judged”…we are to test the spirits, and any spirit of accusation you receive about the past?  It is not of God, but of Satan.  Forgive, and move on.

Charles Stanley preached on 1/17/10 on the dark moments of our life.  They will only last as long as God accomplishes His purpose.  HE will work out His will in our life.  Ask yourself, how does God view us? How did God view Joseph when his brothers sold him?  Did God dessert him?  Will He you?  NEVER!   Be faithful, diligent, obedient…and all your fragility’s and weaknesses, despondency, hurts, pain, of not receiving the love and understanding and restoration you want, will be answered.  He sees and understands.

Joel Olsteen also said once that God is our vindicator.  All those that cut us down and wrong us?  God sees it and one day we will see the victory and those people will pay the price, and God himself will call them accountable, as long too as we give HIM all the glory in our lives.  So, Joel said, lift your head up, get out of the hurts, depression, and put your shoulders back, and trust in God…and He will open all the doors and lift you far above all those that had trodden on your soul and maligned you or wronged you.   Romans 8:1-   “Therefore now no condemnation” (guilt) “to them which are in Christ Jesus” who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.”   Romans 5:16 “And not as it was by one who sinned, so is the Gift for the judgment was by one to condemnation “(by Adam)”but the Free Gift is not many offences unto Justification” (Cleanses us from all sin).  If God be for us man cannot be against us!

For unfortunately, what your unsaved children or friends do not understand is that when you fail to honor your parents, you are in fact putting a curse on them.  But, we as Christians, have Holy Ghost power to break that curse, and walk free in obedience with the only one that paid the price at Calvary………Jesus….the name above all names……my prayers with you friend.

Being A More Loving Person

JesusTrying to be a more loving person is perhaps the hardest thing God requires, and with some in my life, very difficult, indeed.

We all have our faults, and as my older daughter says, have “cracked pots”.  It is terribly hard to love someone in Jesus “agape” love.  Not, just say I love you..but, mean it from the bottom of your heart, even when this person has hurt you over and over again.  You forgive them repeatedly, but, loving them gets really hard.  It’s not their faults and sins that get in the way (at least not with me), its the fact that they refuse to repent and really change from their sinful ways.   I love as a mother as I should, but, that “agape” love of Jesus is a challenge.  Sometimes, these people can push your buttons, and just charge at you, and all you want is space and your peace and quiet.  Has anyone ever been there?   This is the time when  I loose my patience, that I need to get on my face before God and ask that my heart be changed.

About 10 years ago, I had a study in this, and I still had it saved, from June 2004.  It begins,  “Let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God IS love.   And He has given us this command:  Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (mother-father) I John 4:7-8-21 You can’t love God and not someone that hurt you.  It’s a misconception; love is uncontrollable; that is not true.  You CAN control who you love and don’t love.  And some choices require painful decisions.   Sometimes you must decide, God’s desire for me, or my own free will?  Which of the two will I follow?  Love is an ACTION, I John 3:18 “Let us not love with words or tongue but with ACTION & TRUTH.”   You can’t love someone from a DISTANCE… not just talk…its not just a “feeling”.  Love isn’t love unless its given away.  LOVE IS ALSO ACTION.   It is doing for someone else.   Giving ones self, in sacrifice to someone hurting, not things, not a pat on the head.  God wants our hearts! Loving someone you don’t like or agree with is very hard.

You need to experience God’s love yourself.  “I pray that Christ will be more at home in your heart, living within you as you trust Him.  May your roots go deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love and may you be able to feel and understand how long, wide, deep and high His love really is and experience this love for yourselves.”  Ephesians 3:17-18 Unloving people who are unloved and selfish and wallow, only are hurting themselves.  A divided heart is a RESENTFUL heart. Forgive others who have hurt you.  “Forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”  Col 3:13 “Love others as I have loved you.”  John 13:35.  “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But, if you forgive not men their trespasses , neither will God forgive your sins.”  Matthew 6:14-15.  You can’t LOVE YOUR KIDS, IF  YOU HATE YOUR MOTHER OR FATHER!   Your staying in the past..LET GO!

I really struggle with this from some  who constantly brings up the past when I got  divorced  many years ago.   Some constantly bring up the past from 40 years ago.  It is over and done with.  I was 30 when her father’s girlfriend was on my doorstep, who he would not give up.  That pain for me never left.   Then losing my youngest son to suicide 10 years ago, is another pain in my heart, that hurt so badly, I had a mini stroke after I buried him.   At 70,  now, I fight every day against depressive thoughts from a legitimate pain in my heart.   My daughters do not understand how that kind of pain, and uncaring,  can affect the elderly.   I even looked up online to find out that there is actually a “broken heart syndrome”.  The actual pains in the heart from hurts, false accusations, and death, can actually affect the heart.    I am more than a cracked pot, I am damaged goods.   I leave it all at the Cross.   But, it is therefore, very hard for me with anxiety to be a loving person.    I can’t change the past, I can’t change another, I can only with God’s help, and deep prayer, change myself. You think loving thoughts….”Don’t just think about your own affairs and SELF, but be interested in others too, and in what THEY are doing.  Your ATTITUDE should be the same kind that was shown to us by Jesus Christ.” Philippians 2:4-5.  Paradox:  Those who deserve your love the least are those who need it most!

Hurt people HURT OTHER PEOPLE..Focus on NEEDS and hurts that are in THEIR life…OUR ACTIONS MUST BE A WITNESS TO GOD! Begin acting in a loving way.  It is way easier to act MY WAY into a feeling than it is to FEEL my WAY into an action.  ” Love your enemies , do good to those who hate you , bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”  Luke 6:27-28  That too, is really hard, when you have been so hurt by others.  You put a wall of distrust up around you, and it isn’t that you lash out to them so, but, you don’t want to be hurt again.   The only one who can tear down these walls is the Lord. Five things we need to do to people who hurt us: 1. Love them.  “Love your enemies.  Be patient with each other, making allowances for each other because of your love. ” Ephesians 4:2.  2. Do good to them.  You can give without loving gut you cannot love without GIVING.  Love is to be given away.  AND the past is in the past…Under the blood at Calvary..Dead and buried!   Jesus has washed the past clean!  His Crucifixion has blotted out all iniquity.  3. Bless those who curse you.”  4. Pray for them.  Choose the WAY you want to respond, when someone hurts you.  You hurt back, your reacting.  You don’t control, when you react the Christian way is not to hurt back, but, to face the other person and respond as Jesus would have you do.

However, there are times as I wrote once, when even though you love this person, you have to let go for a time.  Letting go and letting God is not reacting in a way to hurt back, but, to let God work in their lives, and get out of God’s way.  There is a difference.  “Love is patient, love is kind, love does not envy, love does not boast.  It is not proud.  It is not rude.  It is not self-seeking.  It is not easily angered.   LOVE KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS…IT DOES NOT BRING UP THE PAST, CONTINUALLY WEARING DOWN  A RELATIONSHIP.   I Cor. 13:4-5 Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth.  Love ALWAYS protects.  If one person is experiencing fear, and anxiety, then they were not given love.  Love always trusts.  If you cannot trust a person, and you know they have love/hate towards you,  it is not a healthy love.  That person needs help.  Love always hopes.  Love always perseveres.  THAT kind of love never fails.  I Cor. 13:6-8.  Help me Lord be a more loving person.   How we all fail so miserably. Expect the BEST from them.  “If you love someone you will always believe in him (her) , and always expect the best of them.”  I Cor. 13:7  Labeling only REINFORCES the negative, it never  changes anyone, yet, when the same things keep coming up in accusations for 25 years that person doing the accusing needs help.  They are not living in Christ.  They only add fuel to the fire.  Treat them as you would want to be treated.  Learn how to TAKE CORRECTION WITHOUT  TAKING OUT OF CONTEXT!  Going off the deep end on “feeling’s” is NOT Godly, Neither is constantly bringing up the past which cannot be changed!

“Moreover if your brother hurts you, go and tell him his fault between you and he alone.  If he shall hear you, thou has gained a brother in my name.  But, if he will NOT hear you, then take with you one or two more that in the mouth of two or three witnesses, every word may be established.  If they REFUSE to listen, tell it to the church, let him be unto me as a heathen man and a publican.”  Matthew 18:15-17.  Refusal to act in God’s way is a rebellious, having an unteachable spirit against Jesus and a hardened heart. You cannot love God and be a Christian if your heart is hardened towards another.  Study 1 Cor. 13, the Love Chapter.   Help us all Father God, come to the Cross and bear our own pain, sins,  and hurt, and leave them all with you to heal.    Thank you Jesus for your healing touch.   Take away the “empty” feelings, sadness and anxiety, take away lack of energy, physical back pain, loss of interest in normal activities, sleep problems, tears, feelings of guilt, helplessness, and feeling worthless, being irritable, and any thoughts of death.   Help all those who are as me, broken vessels, that just want to be loved.   Thank you Jesus for loving us unconditionally.  Amen

*Excerpts of this came from a study from a Pastor Manning in 2004, and from my book “Restoration Road, copyright 2004

When Your Child Backslides

willcox-smith-jessie-young-girl-in-the-ocean-surfI know there are parents out there, who have children, that know the Lord as their Savior yet, either by intention, or temptation, backslide. It is painful to watch, when we know the end times are here and Jesus could come in the Rapture at any time.  Then in pain, you get down in your knees, convinced they will never make the Rapture, once more engulfed in sin, and you can do only one thing….PRAY!

“Lord, I lift my children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren up to You today and pray, according to Your Word, that:

1.  They will know Christ as Savior early in life and desire a close relationship with You throughout their childhood, teen, and adult years. (Mark 10:13-16, Luke 2:52, 2Timothy 3:15)

2.   They will develop the discipline of prayer and time in You Word (Joshua 1:8, Daniel 6:10, Matthew 4:4, Philippians 4:6-7.

3.   You will bring into their lives godly adults and friends who will help them grow in Godly living. Psalm 1:1-3, Philippians 1:27, Proverbs 27:17, I Corinthians 4:15.

4.   You will keep them pure and strengthen them against temptation.  Job 17:9, Psalm 24:3-4,1Corinthians 6:18-20.

5.   They would develop discernment, wisdom, responsibility, and a strong conscience. 1Kings 3:11-12, 1 Timothy 1:5, Daniel 6:3.

6.    They will be CAUGHT if they wander into cheating, lies, or mischief.  Psalm 119:71, Proverbs 20:30.

7.    They will see other people as You do, treating them with love and kindness.  Matthew 25:35-40, Romans 12:10, Philippians 2:1-4.

8.   You will protect them from emotional, physical, and spiritual danger.  Psalm 28:7-9, Psalm 41 , John 17:15, 2Thesalonians 3:3.

9.    You will prepare them to be a Godly, loving and faithful spouse or prepare them to glorify YOU in their SINGLENESS.  1 Corinthians 7:7-8, and that YOU also prepare their future spouse.  2 Corinthians 6:14-15, Ephesians 5:21-33.

10.    They would leave home with an eternal perspective and Christ-like values.  Matthew 28:18-20, Galatians 2:20, Philippians 1:21.

11.   They will sense YOUR calling on their lives and their lives will count for YOUR kingdom.
Psalm 78:1-8, 103:12-18, 2Timothy 1:9.”
* From Family Life

So what do you do when you know now, especially that we are in the end times, and Jesus could come in the Rapture, at any day, and your child who was saved, is an adult, and for that matter maybe even a parent , and is sinning?   You come to the point, if you’ve gone through it before with him or her, that you cannot ram anymore.   Your relationship is fragile, as you have a child that is independent and does their “own” thing.   So what do you do? The hardest thing you can do…Step back, trust God, and pray and let go and let God.

You have fears, because you worry, that they will not make it to Heaven.  But, our soul is between Jesus and themselves.  They may be in other sin such as drugs, or worldly desires,sexual temptations.   Their children may or may not be church-goers, and even if they are taken to church, they are receiving mixed signals.  For this parent is pretending to be what they are not.  They tell their child to live one life while they are living another.   They are in essence hypocrites, Jesus says.  Their world is full of deceit.  One of the blogs here,  by A. W. Tozer, the “Old Cross and the New”, says it.  Lust and worldliness has crept into many churches.   “Oh, I’m a good person, I do this..I do that…”  But, that doesn’t get you into Heaven.   And what if you say nothing and even as a Christian you condone the behavior you see, because you don’t “want to rock the boat or hurt the friendship?”  What does Jesus say?

First, to those that condone backslidden and sinning behavior from a family member, God says, we are to be RESPONSIBLE.  Romans 14:13  Let us not therefore judge one another any more (can be translated, “let us no longer have the habit of criticizing one another.)  BUT judge this rather, that no man PUT A STUMBLING BLOCK or an occasion to fall in his brother’s (sister’s) way (tells us what is, in fact, PERMISSIBLE to judge; as Believers, we are to judge EVERY brother and sister and situation which surrounds them, irrespective what it might be, as to how we can help them, instead of harming them).   Also God says about a stumbling block, “that it shall be like a millstone hung around your neck!”  Boy, at the risk of alienating everyone, I sure wouldn’t want that heavy millstone (they used with oxen) around my neck.  God too, will call a person that condones this wrong sinful behavior into accountability, with perhaps, a harsher discipline and correction than the person sinning.  Why is it that most in the churches now don’t understand this?  Sin has invaded our pews.  And how can this sinner, that may be fornicating or doing drugs, then pretend he is “one of them” and bring their children to church, without the conviction of the Holy Spirit, driving them to their knees in tears and repentance?  Where today is the repentance?

 

For in 1 Corinthians 8:9 Also says, “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours BECOMES A STUMBLINGBLOCK to them who are weak. (WE who condone sinful behavior make men worse if, by OUR example , we teach them to act in CONTRADICTION  TO THEIR CONSCIENCE!)   It is sinning against Christ!  It makes the salvation message a lie!  Furthermore, in Matthew 10:34, Jesus said, “Think not that I come to send peace on earth, but a sword…For  I am come to set a man at VARIANCE against his father, and the daughter against her mother. And the man’s foes shall be that of his own household.”  When one is saved it causes this variance in most families, for if the “family” say, is unchristian or playing at religiosity, it causes deep dissention.  But, if you truly love God, then you must pick up that cross and follow HIM!

God expects us when we are saved, to have MORAL STANDARDS, and be strong in mind, body, and spirit , by having the Holy Spirit in us, not to be weak, but, to guard against ALL
temptations.  For we cannot bear fruit and live for HIM, if our roots are corroded in lust, sin,
and temptations.  You cannot be saved, and go to church and “pretend” to be what you are not, then go out, and live your life in the world, as if God didn’t exist.   You are being a hypocrite when you do, and God says, I will spew thee out of my mouth.   You are an abomination to him.  Ephesians, speaks of moral standards in the 4th Chapter.  Verse 17 “This I say therefore, and testify  in the Lord ” (given to Paul by the Lord as it relates to our everyday lifestyle), “that you henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk” (how one orders ones behavior) “in the vanity of their mind” (refers to living in the spheres of emptiness; it denotes an ignorance of DIVINE things, a  Moral blindness.) 18. “Having the understanding darkened (speaks of a process completed in the past..the fall..but having results in the present) , “being alienated from the life of God” (proclaims the ONLY true life there is ) “through the IGNORANCE  that is in them” (does not refer merely to intellect, but denotes an
ignorance of Divine things),  “because of blindness of their heart” (it is a ‘WILLFUL IGNORANCE’ which brings about a ‘WILLFUL BLINDNESS,’ ie SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS).
27. “Neither give place to the Devil. (FAITH properly placed in the Cross givens Satan NO place in our lives for temptation, perversion, lust, of any kind.)

I do not believe in “once saved always saved” and have always, since I was saved 26 years ago had a fear of God.   Churches today, especially in contemporary churches which are under the “new Cross”, lenient, don’t preach sin.  It is a lie of the DEVIL!   Hebrews 6:8 says, “But that which bears thorns and briers is REJECTED” (this speaks of believers who have TURNED THEIR BACKS ON CHRIST AND THE CROSS, and now bring forth no proper fruit, but, thorns and briers) “and is nigh unto cursing  “(refers to judgment); “whose end is to be burned.” (This refers to the simple fact that if a person who was once a BELIEVER remains in that state, he will lose his SOUL.)  God gives them up…just like He gave up Esau  (the hairy one the Bible says, who gave up his inheritance and hated his brother Jacob…the ONLY one God ever said in the whole Bible, “Him do I hate!”  Yes, I believe, God can and does, let us go, when we repeat the same sin over and over, and keep coming back like a little game.

Hebrews 12:16 “Lest there be any fornicator, or PROFANE PERSON, AS ESAU, ” (he was ‘profane’ because he rejected God’s way, ie the CROSS, and the results are inevitable) “who for one morsel sold his birthright.” (He was in the Family of God, but was not OF THE FAMILY of God, which characterizes untold millions in churches today.) (*parenthesis from the Expositor’s Study Bible throughout.)  What about you?  Are you OF the family of God?

17.”For you know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the Blessing, he was REJECTED (proclaims Esau, as millions, desiring the BLESSING without the BLESSER ‘Jesus’) “for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it” (the blessing )carefully through tears.” (He like many today, wanted the blessing but he did not want to repent and change his sinful ways, placing his faith on other things other than Christ.)  God is the judge of all.  Hebrews 12:23  12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.  (the fire of God will consume EVERYTHING  that is not Faith in Christ and the Cross  [1Corinthians 3:10-17].)

Sin: 1John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin” (refers to the sin nature)” we DECEIVE ourselves “(refers to self-deception), and the TRUTH is not in us.” (This does not refer to all Truth as it regards Believers, but rather that the Truth of the indwelling sinful nature is not in us.)   9. “If we confess our sins (and turn from our wicked ways) , He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  HOWEVER, vs 10 “IF we say we have NOT sinned ” (nor repent, and change, John here is denouncing the claims of sinless perfection; he is going back to Vs 8, speaking of Christians who claimed they had no sin nature) “We make HIM a LIAR “(the person who makes such a claim makes God a liar, because the Word says the OPPOSITE), “and His Word is not in us.”  (If we properly know the Word, we will properly know that perfection is not in us at present , and will not be until the TRUMP sounds.)   And 1John 1:9 “he who says he is in the light and hates his brother, mother, father, sister, is in darkness even until now.

God, I pray that you send your FIRE, I know that before we have revival, the fire will come and purge us all.   For none of us are sinless, but, most of us that have deep roots in you Lord, know when we are sinning and seek your repentance immediately.   We as Christians, check each other out.   We are there for each other.  But, if you are backslidden and hiding in a sinful way of life, keeping your life secret from other Christians, leading a double standard, you are not walking in Christ.   You need to turn from your worldly ways, and come back on your knees to Christ.  If you are a young person, who is having a problem with lust, and keep choosing the wrong person getting hurt over and over…You are not trusting God, and  are just plain impatient.  Was not Sarah 90 years old when she gave birth to Isaak?   She laughed and mocked God, and because of her impatience and lack of faith, she gave Abraham her handmaiden Hagar.   Hagar begot Ismael…who became as Esau later, the Arab nations.  But, God gave His covenant to Isaak.   She didn’t believe God, for she was old.  She couldn’t wait for HIS blessings.   For whatever is going on in the Mideast now?  Blame Sarah.

Can you wait on God?  Can you have self-control and trust only in HIM?  If you know someone who is backslidden, in a relationship that is unequally yoked, and sinning, on drugs, doing the things of the world..  Print this and give it to them…They don’t need you  to condone and overlook their behavior, lest they lose their salvation, and chance God rejecting them.  They need you to show them the TRUTH, in love and Godly CORRECTION.    They are sinners, that need the Cross, and need to repent.  One cannot repent and have the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and their conscience, unless they are Corrected.   I pray this helps those see the error of their ways, and seek your face oh Lord.   I pray for all those in this world that is like Sodom and Gomorrah, for America has lost it’s way.  There is temptations all around us..I pray for the youth of this country, to come to the CROSS.  It is the ONLY way!  Jesus is coming soon….