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First there was the flesh eating disease, now we have the flesh eating humans. People eating other people.   First in Miami, then in Maryland.   In at least one case it’s implied that the cannibalism was induced by a drug known as ‘Bath Salt’.    

According to a CNN report, one former bath salt user described being on the drug as the “the darkest, evilest thing imaginable.”

Doesn’t all this make you want to open God’s book (the Bible) and at least read what He has to say about all of this?

Motivational speakers motivate.  Psychotherapists treat mental disorders. But Jesus Christ heals the mind, delivers, and saves your soul.  All in one.  Permanently.  

I’m talking about the kind of healing that delivers you from the demons that keep reminding you about how bad (you fill in the blank) treated you. 

I’m talking about the kind of help that delivers you from the drug and alcohol demons that keep holding you captive to their destructive, killing forces. 

I’m talking about the kind of help that saves you, forever removing the shackles that are keeping you from being free.  

That kind of help, that kind of power can only come from Jesus Christ! 

What’s eating at your flesh?  Not literally, but figuratively.  What’s numbing your soul, killing your compassion, leaving you just a little more hopeless, little by little, day by day, slowly tearing you apart? 

Take it to Jesus.  Surrender to Jesus.  Be set free.

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This poem is for anyone dealing with a troubled spirit – depression, addiction, anger, fear, confusion or some other unnamed source.

You may think you’re going through it alone, but you’re not…your actions affect the reactions of others.

Most importantly, you don’t have to go through it alone. Jesus is waiting to carry your load. He will carry you through.

Ask the Savior to help you. Surrender, trust, and believe.

Wasted

It is not your intention
to disrupt them,
But there is something unspeakable
in the air.

It is their intention
to draw the line,
to mask their love
with a persona
that doesn’t care.

And so they cry,
but only inside.
And you’ll never know
how much they love you.

So

You continue your path,
destructive, full of wrath.
Not knowing
how much reaping
you must sow.

But you do know
you can not slay your demons alone.
You can’t denounce them
without the blood shed by Christ.

Still your utterances are countless
and of useless meaning.
You pray heartless prayers
that will not suffice.

And so you suffer,
rebellious and hurt.
But it is not a solitary pain.

For those who love you,
it is contagious,
and they suffer
again
and again.

Don’t let the day come
when God’s voice becomes silent,
when He is no more knocking on your door.

For if that should happen,
you will have strayed too far,
and a life – your life –
will be wasted
for evermore…

© 2012

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In the Gospel of John 1:1 it states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

For a long time I did not make the connection that the “Word” was Jesus Christ even though verse 14 tells me so. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

It was only after a particular Bible study did I put it all together. It’s also when I noticed that the ‘w’ in word is capitalized. This indicates to me that the writer is not speaking of a word in the literal sense, but of Jesus Christ – God’s Word made into flesh.

A second significant aspect is found in John 1:5: “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” Jesus Christ is the light this verse speaks of, but those who were in darkness (meaning they were lost because they did not know Christ) could not or would not accept Him. This verse is significant because the same thing is still going on today.

There are many lost souls who have no true knowledge or understanding of Jesus Christ. Sadly, they want to keep it that way. But Jesus said if you are not with Him then you are against Him. “He that is not with me is against me;…” (Matthew 12:30)

So, if a person is not abiding by the commandments of Jesus Christ, they are against Him. They are living in sin. And living in sin is the same as being lost – both of which the word “darkness” in John 1:5 refers to.

A third significant aspect is in John 3:3: “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” This is a most significant statement because it is telling us what must happen in order for us to abide with God forever.

To be born again means that we must surrender our selves to Jesus Christ. We must repent of our sins, and be willing to change for the better. We must accept Jesus as our Savior, and be willing to put to death our old selves, hence the term “born again”.

If we put all our trust and faith in Jesus Christ, He can begin the renewing process within us. This involves a daily cleansing of our soul, and it is something we cannot achieve on our own.

While we will never be perfectly cleansed from all sin in this world, we will have a different mind-set, a change of heart that will allow us to turn away from the sinful habits that once held us captive.

Jesus Christ promises, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

I can’t think of anything more significant than that.

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Job suffered through many trials and tribulations ranging from the deaths of his children to the boils that covered his entire body. His friends believed he had committed some sin in order for such evil to fall upon him. This caused Job even more anguish because he was a righteous man, and he knew he had done nothing wrong.

He couldn’t understand why he had to endure such tragedies, and he questioned God. When God answered him, it was in the form of Him reminding Job of who it was that had created all things in the universe.

God asked Job what role he had played in the creation process in order to help him realize the omnipotence of God. His questioning of Job was effective because Job began to realize how insignificant he was. Job’s statement in Chapter 42:6, “…I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes”, is evidence of him humbling himself before God.

Job came out of his trials and tribulations understanding the nature of suffering to be that sometimes both the good and the bad must be dealt with, and that even though his suffering was through no fault of his own, he still had to know (and believe) that God was in control. Even though his trust and faith were put to the test, he continued to turn to God for answers. The Bible tells us that Job “sinned not, nor charged God foolishly” during this time. (Job 1:22) And in the end, he was rewarded twice as much for his obedience and faithfulness.

It’s a good lesson in suffering. At some point, all of us will go through – or have already gone through – a period of trials and tribulations. If we are servants of Jesus Christ, we would do well to emulate Job because as long as we hold steadfast to God in the midst of trouble, He will see us through. Even when it feels like God is nowhere around. He Is…

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I used to wonder about life.

When I was ten years old, I found myself wondering quite often, about what the whole purpose for living was. One day my older brother said to me, “Stop trying to figure it out or you’ll go crazy.” So, I took his advice – slowly. But my confusion persisted for the next eleven years, and then waned when I found Jesus Christ. Then, it returned when I later rejected Jesus, deciding to live my life without Him.

During that time, I groped my way through life, formulating my own ideas and opinions that would make me feel comfortable. Needless to say, my opinions on the purpose of life would sometimes change depending on what phase of my life I was in, or who I was with.

But one day, I went back to church. I relearned all that I had let go of (and more), and I remembered that God doesn’t operate or think the way I do. He has an ultimate purpose for us, and it doesn’t change regardless of where we’re at in life, or what we’re doing. Because God loves us, He only wants the best for us. His best. And in the end, that’s everlasting life with Him in Heaven.

Seems like a simple concept, huh? But maybe not.

Maybe not because we have to first reject our own opinions, and believe that there is an after-life. For God has said, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Then, we have to believe that that after-life has only two destinations – Heaven or hell, and depending on how we live our lives here on earth will determine which destination our soul ends up at.

Yes, I used to wonder about life until I found the answers to my questions in the Bible, God’s Holy words. Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 tells me, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

And we are told in Colossians 1:16, “… all things were created by him, and for him:”

So, in essence, we were created by God for God. That is whom we must serve through His Son Jesus Christ.

Now, once you know the meaning of your life, and what you’re supposed to be doing it won’t seem so fickle. You won’t see yourself as useless. Because you’re not. You have a purpose. You have a life to live, love to give, and a Savior to serve who’s always looking out for you.

Of course, some change on your part is going to have to take place, some surrendering of self to Jesus Christ so that He can transform you and give you the wisdom and spiritual discernment you’ll need in order to understand your role as a creation of God.

And believe this – your role is not to steal, kill, abuse, hurt, or do any of the things that cause harm to you or others. That’s a role reserved for satan and his demons.

But that’s not God’s plan for you.

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Have you ever been determined to stop some bad habit? Something that you know you shouldn’t be doing, but you’ve continued doing it anyway?

Maybe it’s behaving in a rude and attitudinal manner. Maybe it’s stealing, cheating, lying. Maybe you actively listen to somebody gossiping about someone else while you tell yourself, “I’m not the one gossiping. I’m just listening.” It could be any number of things depending on who you are.

We’ve all been there. We’ve entered into our places of employment wound up so tight that it was difficult to even say a pleasant, ‘Good morning’. At one time or another, we’ve stood in the middle of a circle, on the sidelines, or sat in a chair and passively listened while someone else dragged another person’s reputation through the mire. Then, when the destroyer of reputations was finished. We just shook our heads, and didn’t say a word. But silence does not exempt us. In fact, it’s just the opposite…our silence makes us a party to the crime.

Change is hard. I know. It has to be a learned behavior because our tendency is to snap at someone else when we’re in a bad mood. Our tendency is to pull up a chair in eager anticipation of hearing something about someone else’s character that’s worse than our own. Somehow, it makes us feel superior. We’re glad that it’s not us they’re talking about. But it will be. Next time.

Feeling superior to someone else is a deceitful form of reassurance. Because the reality is that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23

When I acknowledge my sinfulness and/or a specific sin, I go to God in prayer asking for His forgiveness. He hears me because I have an active relationship with Jesus Christ. He forgives me because I have surrendered to Jesus and have made Him the Lord and Savior of my life. The Lord strengthens me, and as he renews me my old behaviors are stripped away and new behaviors take their place. A new me emerges. One that has long since stopped taking part in any form of gossip. One that wishes to treat others with the most basic of human niceties, one that wishes to be kind and strives to be more like Christ each day.

Do you want to be more like Jesus Christ? You may be able to change some old behaviors, but you cannot – of your own strength – attain to a level of living that is pleasing to God without first surrendering your old self to Jesus Christ. You must surrender to Jesus first, and then He will lift you up!

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Are you spiritually dead?  Who are you serving?  The world?  Yourself?  (well, that’s the same as serving the world).

God says, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?  Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”  (James 4:4)

So, if the world says it’s okay to have sex before marriage, is that what you do?  If the world says you, a minor, can have an abortion without your parent’s knowledge, is that what you do if your situation calls for it?  If the world says it’s okay to smoke, drink, get high, cuss, fuss, fight and, well…pretty much anything you want to do, do you do those things even though they cause unnecessary drama in your life?

The world says no more prayer in public schools, so it becomes against the law to pray out loud in a public school.  Then, a 14 year old with a grudge comes to school, and starts shooting everybody that moves.

The world tells us to remove the Ten Commandments from the courtrooms, yet the money we spend still reads, “in God we trust”.

The Bible says, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.  For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”  (1 Corinthians 3:19)  So, what the world says means nothing unless it is in line with what God says.

It’s ok to have peace rallies.  And it’s good to have neighborhood block watches, and meetings between police officers and concerned neighbors.  But if every word you speak does not include the power of Jesus Christ as the solution, then you are speaking in vain.

The reason the world is in the state it’s in right now is because there are so many lost, misguided, broken, and hurting souls out there.  We need Jesus Christ to fix that problem.  He is The Healer.

Think about it.  What else would make a 14-year-old come to school and start shooting just because he got suspended?  What makes a young man shoot and kill another human being simply because he wants that person’s vehicle?  What makes a mother give her 2-year-old crack cocaine, and think it’s funny?

When I was lost, I stumbled around in the darkness of my heart trying to find a way to fix my own broken soul.  And while I did not do any of the things I’ve just mentioned, I lived a life of reaction nonetheless.

I had been abandoned so I put my guard up.  I had been mistreated so I misused.  I had been neglected so I rejected.  I had been talked about so I talked about others.  I had been lied on so I lied to.  I had been cussed out so I cussed out.  I had been abused so I ran.  I had been poor so I stole.  I had been depressed so I wished for death.  And I continued my pretense of being happy.

But guess what?  All that pretending kept me SPIRITUALLY DEAD.   And then I found the way (Jesus).

Since I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I no longer live a life of reaction.  I’m no longer a victim to the downfalls of this world.  I’m a survivor.  I have – and claim – the victory!  I don’t live by the world’s standards anymore.

Jesus said, “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:” (Revelations 2:26)

I serve Christ daily, and yes, sometimes I do stumble because I am only human.  But all I have to do is remember what Jesus has done and is still doing for me.  All I have to do is believe His promise that He will never leave or forsake me.  And having faith in His words, I call on Him for strength, and He strengthens me.

If you will receive Jesus Christ into your heart, repent and ask for His forgiveness, then make Him the One you follow, obey, and trust in, He will do the same thing for you.

Stop following the world.  Don’t be an enemy to God, the One who created you.  That’s like cutting off your nose to spite your own face.  If you’re broken let God’s Son, Jesus Christ, fix you.  Follow Him and be healed, for He IS the great healer.

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Where are your treasures stored?  Are they locked behind a heavy metal vault at the bank?

Are they hidden somewhere in your home?

Maybe they’re secured away in the form of CD’s.

Maybe you wear them everyday on your fingers, wrist, and around your neck.

Maybe you put them on your feet and on your body.

Maybe you drive it everyday.

Or maybe you sit back, relax, and watch it as often as you can.

Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Matthew 6: 19-21

It’s wonderful if you’ve been able to accumulate treasures of financial worth here on earth, but what treasures have you amassed in Heaven?  Take an inventory of your earthly and heavenly treasures.

Which one outweighs the other?

If you have more treasures stored up on earth than you do in Heaven, it’s time to re-prioritize.  Our earthly treasures will not follow us when we die, but our lack of heavenly treasures will, and by then it will be too late to make amends with the One who will judge us all.

Remember what Jesus said.  “…for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Where is your heart?  Is it with Jesus or is it completely entangled with the materialisms of this world?

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“My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”  That’s what David said in Psalm 121:2

And it’s something we would do well to remember.  Even when it feels like God is not present…He is.  Even when it feels like we’re just out here all alone in the wilderness…we’re not if we believe, obey, and have faith. 

We can’t go by what we feel.  If we do we’ll end up believing those deceptive feelings that our enemy, satan, is working hard to instill in us. 

We must hold steadfast to God or we will not only listen to the enemy’s report of defeat, but we’ll accept it as well…forgetting all about the promises of God. 

 God’s Word tells us that, “…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”  (1 John 4:4)  That is to say that if Jesus Christ abides in us, He is more powerful than the devil who is roaming about, wreaking havoc in this world.

Yes, at some point, we will have to encounter difficult situations in this world.  We will have to endure hard times, trials and tribulations, but God is the keeper of our souls.  Who better to trust than Him? 

That’s why, like David, I will continue to proclaim, “My help comes from the Lord.”

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I imagine a hawk is somewhat comfortable believing it is the conqueror as it captures its intended prey.  And creatures of the ground are not pacing the cement, back and forth, worrying about when and where their next meal is coming from.  No, they just do, by God-given instinct, what they are created to do.  Hunt, catch, eat, and repeat.

We were created to do something too.  We are not here by accident.  But for a lot of people it feels that way.  There are many people who don’t know why they’re here, and so it creates a kind of aloofness.  A what-does-it-matter kind of mentality.

We are told in Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

So, this is why we are here – to honor and obey the One who created us.  First and foremost.  Is that all you say?  No.  But this must be the number one priority.  And it is possible to love, honor and obey God and have a fulfilling life despite those who do not think the two can go hand in hand.

We can have and pursue other desires, interest, dreams and goals as long as they do not go against the Word of God, as long as they are not causing us to behave in a way that would be displeasing to Him.

This world can be a dark, disappointing place.  And if you are trying to get through it on your own, without the power of God, without the saving grace of Jesus Christ, then your journey can become even more difficult to travel.

You DO have a purpose.  You were created to serve God.  “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”  Revelation 4:11

(“…thou hast created all things…” that includes us)

Accept your role – God’s gracious gift.  I know sometimes it doesn’t feel like a gift when you’re struggling.  When it’s an everyday problem just to survive.  When your refrigerator is empty and so are your pockets.  I know.  I’ve been there.

But if God created you for His glory, then He most certainly will not forsake you if you don’t forsake Him.  Be thankful, and start walking in the light you were meant to walk in.

Everything always looks clearer when the Son is shining on them.

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