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עליון אלוהיםThe Most High God (El Elyon)

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“To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.”
Romans 16:26-27

“At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.”
Matthew 11:24-26

“At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.”
Luke 10:20-22

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness” ;
1 Corinthians 3:18-20

“Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”
1 Corinthians 1:19-21

“Then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.”
Ecclesiastes 8:16-17

“Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.”
Daniel 12:9-11

“Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.”
Genesis 41:38-40

“Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise person benefit him?”
Job 22:1-3

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”
1 Corinthians 1:24-26

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-28

“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,”
1 Corinthians 2:3-5

“But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”
Numbers 14:23-25

“Sovereign LORD, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?”
Deuteronomy 3:23-25

אין אלוהים כמו אלוהים שלנו. הוא ראוי לשבח את כולם.                        

(There is no god like our God; He deserves all praise!)

Pharoah’s Profile (Love Lost)

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“But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:” 1 John 2:4-6

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”  2 Corinthians 11:13-15

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” 1 John 3:16-18  (How about when they rob the poor and defraud the unsuspecting (ample proof exists) of the little they have; talking about I love God. Hogwash!)

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:10-12  (I have never seen a group of people run the house of God like they are the mafia)

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” 1 John 4:19-21  (Some of us had our eyes opened to the impostors because of the incessant hatred and ill-will that they exercised towards us and others still in severe pain, confusion and lack.)

It must be Christmas time, there is so much talk of love in the air but no evidence of its manifestation. What are the love starved pilgrims and armies of the Lord going to do with all these action-void talk about love. Well I would really like to be about the business of a ‘Diva’ right now e.g. getting a pedicure or something that pampers the flesh, but the Lord’s duty calls, and believe me it is a very loving one, a great love for His defrauded and deceived bride. A love that says enough is enough. Darkness will soon be exposed and dispelled.

“but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.”  John 5:41-43  (Specially dedicated to the so called ‘lovers’)

“But whoever loves God is known by God.” 1 Corinthians 8:2-4 (And protected by God)

“Treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”— 2 Timothy 3:3-5  (This is really what they are about)

After all was said and done; Pharaoh found a way to wiggle out of dealing truthfully. He thought he was smart enough to ward of judgement as he went about secretly proposing and sponsoring lewdness in the altar of a Holy God.

“I am the LORD. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I tell you.” Exodus 6:28-30 I really wish I would be as cute and sweet as everyone else. But I got to tell ‘Pharaoh’ what he already knows.

“Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding; Exodus 7:14  (surprise!)

 “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” Exodus 8:1-3  He knows exactly what the Lord is talking about. Stop controlling and deceiving God’s people, that they may walk in the fullness of what a Mighty God has in store for them.

“But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said.”  Exodus 8:14-16  (Nothing new under the sun)

“Pharaoh said, “I will let  you go to offer sacrifices to the LORD your God in the wilderness, but you must not go very far. Now pray for me.” Exodus 8:27-29  (I will allow an appearance of me loving you, but if you do against my bidding; …)

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, confront Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me,” Exodus 9:12-14

“Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the LORD hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside.” Exodus 9:19-21  (Some wise people are …)

“When Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he sinned again: He and his officials hardened their hearts.” Exodus 9:33-35  (Here we go again)

“Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them” Exodus 10:1-3 

“The LORD had said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.” Exodus 11:8-10

“The LORD had said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.” Exodus 11:8-10  (Ride on KING JESUS, no con-artist gonna hinder you)

After hearing a certain noise, did you feel a burden lifted from your shoulders or are you not sure what to think (confusion)? Do you feel inspired and galvanised to be all God wants you to be. Are you better of now than when you started the day. Jesus the Christ does a thorough job and His deliverance is complete, exhilarating, and without question. You will be skipping on your ‘hinds feet’ should you possess any when you hear from the God Who is Love. When God speaks, the blind (spiritually and otherwise) see, the deaf hear and the lost find their way home.  But so far, the blind see men as trees, the deaf have so much coming into their trachea, they don’t know what to process as truth and the lost are still wounded and far from home. Tell me, is anything too hard for the Lord? That He should leave his people half-baked and in turmoil every time the powers of darkness are on the defence. Never mind if you disagree with this writer; search for the answers to these questions in you inner most being. Cry out to God to arise!!!

“If you love me, keep my commands”.John 14:14-16  That would mean treat others as you want you and your family to be treated. Don’t defraud others, don’t rob others, do not manipulate and deceive them and don’t deny them what you desperately seek for your empty soul. The greatest show of love is to let people be free to seek God’s will for their lives without dubious and manipulatively coated lies.

I have never heard/ known of any human being who did not respond to love. If the trade mark of a corrupt throne was love, Christ Himself becomes enthroned and His work goes forth. I have never seen a house with such bitter turn-over. People scattered all over the place in anger and pain. How is that possible. How can that be the product of God’s love. If anyone was exercising love, it was me. Until I had a very rude and unpleasant awakening. 

‘The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity. The prophecies they gave you were false and misleading”. Lamentations 2:13-15

“In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,” 1 John 5:2-4 ( Hear ye loverboy and his first love (Jezebel), stop oppressing, manipulating and obstructing people’s lives! Deal with the wickedness that is you (not just in you). I showed you God’s love and kindness while you diligently worked at destroying my life. Wow! You steal from the widow, oppress and wound the fatherless, and pursue with the intent to destroy, anyone walking in truth. YOUR  JUDGEMENT IS INEVITABLE!!!)

Now let us see, what is love?

‘WORD’…

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The true ‘hell-shaking and ‘yoke-breaking’ annointing; keeps the Beloved of the LORD at least seventeen steps (17) ahead of the devil :). Shall a person groping in darkness get ahead of  a person with the full glare of the ‘Son of Righteousness’. Naaaah…  That is the word on the streets of gold (Heaven). Remember God hides little of what He does from a faithful servant/hand-maiden.

Stay tuned for more; God Bless You!!!

Did You Know? GOD IS JEALOUS (His Name is Jealous!)

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“Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Exodus 34:13-15

“They angered him with their high places; they aroused his jealousy with their idols.”  Psalm 78:57-59

Anytime I hear the word jealous from a human being, I cringe inwardly and an invisible wall goes up as I get ready for fight or flight depending on what context the word was used in. The first time I heard a Pastor read a passage in the bible that talked about God being jealous; I was an impressionable young girl. I hyper-ventilated for two nano-seconds and did not speak to God for a whole miserable 4 hours, then I hid behind my bed for another ten minutes as I peered up at the ceiling in suspicion. God was jealous? I thought He was cool and kind and good and all those ‘touchy feely’ adjectives that made me trust Him. Now He had thrown my life into a conundrum by being jealous of me and who knows who else. But He gave me everything I have I thought to myself, as my heart and head were embroiled in a bitter internal struggle. I would let Him borrow my doll if we could discuss the loan duration. Anything to squelch this ‘green monster’ from rearing its ugly head. I had seen kids as young as seven years old display wicked acts in the name of being jealous. Where was a girl to turn to?

God’s definition of Jealous is not only different from our definition and use of the word, it is also of a higher meaning and purpose. For you to understand this, you have to already know and believe two foundational attributes of God. He is the Almighty and He is Holy (see God is Holy part 1,2,3). The almighty is a very sovereign title. It means He encompasses all, owns all, reigns over all  and ( recently published) has all power. So there will be no need for Him to bite His fingers in an insecure frenzy as He wishes it was him who had this and had that. God’s Jealousy is a redeeming  and protective  kind  that is based on truth and believe it or not unconditional and sacrificial love. Let us go on to see how and what makes an awesome and holy God jealous.

Almost every time God spoke about being jealous, he was provoked by His people’s idolatry and contempt to the knowledge of who He was.

“You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.” Exodus 20:4-6 , Deuteronomy 5:9

So every time God’s people went on about their lives ignoring His existence and forfeiting the time due Him to pursue other loves and interests, they were saying they hated God and they were provoking Him. If they loved Him (God); He would have not only taken first place in their time and worship, but He would have been the object of their worship. So now they provoke Him to anger and jealousy and their children’s children end up partaking in the consequences of foolishness and idolatry. So that hidden thing you are addicted to that you do not want to part with ; though it be hidden, it is incurring a curse on your head, which will later be passed on to your off-springs and generations to come.

“They made him jealous with their foreign gods and angered him with their detestable idols.” Deuteronomy 32:15-17

There will arise voices saying they have no carved images in their houses that they worship. Well let us see, in this day and age, you need not carve the images outwardly if they are already carved in your heart. A type of service can be an idol, a title, an ambition, a job, a position, a status, possessions and maybe identification. Gods blessings to us, sometimes become an idol! Let me break it down like this: anything that takes God’s place in your heart and life is an IDOL!!! We do well to note that though our God is a merciful and patient God, one thing that quickly angers Him and sets up His indignation is idolatry. He moves quickly and sharply when the very first commandment is violated. You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:2-4, “Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.” Exodus 23:12-14, “They made him jealous with their foreign gods and angered him with their detestable idols.” Deuteronomy 32:15-17

Despite God’s passionate warning to the people He created and separated from the rest; (Israelites/Born-again Christians). They still went ahead to pay homage to worthless images made by mans hands and reverently bore the detestable names of their idols on their lips. God sent forth warning after warning to give His people time to repent and discard the evil that they had embraced and practiced, before the consequences of rejecting God was set in motion.

“For the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.” Deuteronomy 6:14-16, “They made me jealous by what is no god and angered me with their worthless idols. I will make them envious by those who are not a people; I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.” Deuteronomy 32:20-22, “Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins.” Joshua 24:18-20

There were other instances of jealousy in the scripture that turned wicked and deadly. When men get jealous it usually stems from selfishness, greed and hatred.  If they do not check and deal with the emotion that is jealousy, they become unjust, murderers and perpetrators of every evil work.  The brothers of Joseph went to great lengths to sell him as a slave, because they were  jealous of him, his lovely coat and the favor he had with their father. So incensed were they in their jealous hatred, that they did not think what the absence of Joseph would do to their father, they nearly killed him with the bad news. Jacob was devastated that his beloved son did not come home. “His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.” Genesis: 37:10-12,   “Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him” Acts 7:8-10

Another scriptural display of jealousy was when Paul, Barnabas and companions were preaching in Antioch. The Jewish leaders became angry and jealous because the crowd listening to Paul was growing and responding positively. They started to contradict the word of God and heap abuses on Paul and his men. Like I mentioned earlier, man’s form of jealousy is pointless, baseless and often at odds with truth. It blinds the person exercising the emotion to what is obviously right and elicits volatile and dangerous reactions. “When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him.” Acts 13:44-46  Again at the Synagogue in Thessalonica, Paul was preaching to the Jews and Greeks. Some of the Jews believed along with some prominent Greeks. This made the other Jews jealous again and they reacted with selfish abandon. “But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.”  Acts 17:4-6

In conclusion; I had said earlier that God’s jealousy was a form of protective love for us. I will ignore the nine collective gasps and continue. His jealousy over His people is to draw them to Him. It is to make sure they are not lured away by the enemy and end up severely battered. God’s love guards over His chosen like a Bridegroom over his bride and He desires for them to spend time with Him. That jealous guarding is what should prevent us from straying and acquiring idols. It is a display of God’s love and longing for those that call themselves by His name. “This is what the LORD Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.” Zechariah 8:1-3, “Then the LORD was jealous for his land and took pity on his people.”  Joel 2:17-19, ” Then the angel who was speaking to me said, “Proclaim this word: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I am very jealous for Jerusalem and Zion,” Zechariah 1:13-15, “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.” 2 Corinthians 11:1-3 , “Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us ?” James 4:4-6

“For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.” 2 Corinthians , “… Idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions” Galatians 5:19-21. And for those that have through unchecked jealousy caused offences, pain and commotion in the house of a Holy Father. Who still hold steadfast to their rights and reasons and have logs of offences hanging on their necks. It cannot be preached away, or supported across. No amount of shouts and threats ‘let it go’ will brush things under the rug as if they never were.

This is a society that thrives on ignoring things until they go away (or so they think); ‘word up’ things never just goes away if you don’t honestly deal with them. They just wait for you in another format at another juncture at a later time.   “Therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you.” Ezekiel 35:10-12

“The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.” Nahum 1:1-3

“Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he?” 1 Corinthians 10:21-23

Hmmmm…

Did you know? God is All-POWERFULL!

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“How the mighty have fallen! The weapons of war have perished!”
2 Samuel 1:26-27

Arguably the first time God purposely displayed His power to mankind (i.e. aside from speaking the very universe into existence!); was in the book of Exodus. From the miraculous preservation of Moses‘ life in the most impossible (possible only to God) way i.e. a Hebrew being raised in the courts of Pharaoh, to the ‘Ten Plagues‘ and then the actual ‘exodus’, God’s unmatchable power was in display. Do you think some persons got it? Absolutely not, time and again a few brazen, daring and possibly fledgling reprobates would still submit to arm wrestle the Creator of the Universe and the creatures that inhabit it.

Pharaoh, dear Pharaoh was feeling frisky and powerful to booth. He summoned his magicians to reproduce and replicate every proof and production that the man of God Moses had that God Almighty had sent him. Who knows, maybe that was the season for the ‘Egyptian Show your Stuff Expo’ reality show. Whatever was the reason, Pharaoh either unwittingly or stubbornly refused to budge at what was destined to be a biblical knock-out. Know anyone like that in real life? I could name you a sad few. But to show godly kindness and play the ‘offenders advocate’, most of them are either missing a necessary thinking faculty, greatly influenced by the devil himself or just do not know any better for lack of being taught any better. More so,  some might be blessed with the ministry of Pharaoh; you know the ministry that insists on its own ‘way and will’ as it opposes the will of God. And then it takes an inevitable Red Sea experience that unfortunately swallows them up and thereby ends the rebellious stand-off and episode.

Also in fairness to Pharaoh the deluded king, and while we are still on the chapter of advocacy. God the One in absolute control of everything, created Pharaoh for the purpose of defiance and to create a platform for a greater display of His matchless power. We easily come to the conclusion that God himself raised Pharaoh up for the impending show down. “The LORD said to Moses, when you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.” Exodus 4:20-22  And to Pharaoh’s perceived tyranny, God says: “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Exodus 9:15-17 I could stop writing this blog right now, and we would have gotten a satisfying glimpse of the power of the Most High God. Pharaoh thought he was ‘big and bad’ and very much untouchable; unbeknownst to him he was but a pawn in the hands of the Most High. At the pre-destined time, his stiff and hardened neck would snap like a dried fig. There are no boundaries to God’s influence, and no ‘nook and cranny’ or Peoples and person where His plan can be rendered ineffective. “Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.” Deuteronomy 10:13-15

“The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Psalm 24:1-3 The scripture clearly tells us that the world in its entirety and everything in it belongs to God. That is rightful and authentic ownership that results in authority backed by indisputable power. That was actually the first introduction to the Israelites and the on-looking diaspora (and subsequently the whole world) to what God would do to save and protect His own. “Your right hand, LORD, was majestic in power. Your right hand, LORD, shattered the enemy.” Exodus 15:5-7   “Terror and dread will fall on them. By the power of your arm they will be as still as a stone— until your people pass by, LORD, until the people you bought pass by.” Exodus 15:15-17

Remember Herod ‘the tod slayer’, he thought he would live and reign forever. So powerful did he feel within himself, that the prophecy of the coming Messiah was to be an irritant and put a damper on his plans to take on the world. So he pulled at all his real, perceived and acquired resources of power and prepared to extinguish every imminent threat whatsoever. ” When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” Matthew 2:12-14  Who could even think of withstanding him? I know who; the God who created him and the likes of him, the God who was also billions of years ahead of mankind. The magi were warned by the Angel of the Lord, not to return to the tyrannic dictator. And when his deposed body began its inevitable journey to decay, the Angel told Joseph to return with Mary and the child who would be the King of Kings. “After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt”  Matthew 2:18-20  Once again, the power of God Almighty squelched the formidable power of a wicked king.

Job was frustrated and was giving God lip at some point in his trials. God very much understood (since His Holy Majesty precipitated the trials in the first place :))  “Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”  Job 1:8  So there was Job serving God, even making extra sacrifices for when his children messed up or in case they were messing up. The guy had it all as covered, as any human being possibly could. And you know what is beautiful; God himself noticed. God noticed so much that He boasted about His faithful Servant Job, and then with ample boundaries and protection in place, He submitted Job for a test. The first time I got a revelation of this passage; I was tempted (by the devil of course!) and prompted by my flesh to tone things down in my Christian life, so that God would not have to boast and add to my already traumatized existence :). Well let me just say that I had a humbling awakening when the Holy Ghost informed me that my life was not mine to set like a thermometer. I was to walk humbly before my God and love Him with all my heart, soul and strength! “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:7-9 “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:4-6

Further more, God begins to remind and revive Job’s puny knowledge (like ours) of who He (God) is and what He can do. He does it in form of a challenge, in order to have the imprint of His power be a lasting memorial in Job’s heart and later in ours. “Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook,… or pierce his jaw with a hook? No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up. Who then is able to stand against ME? Who has preceded me that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is MINE.”  Job 41:1-11 Basically God was saying; there is no trouble, problem, enemy or entity so fierce and dangerous that God cannot pluck out of your way. This He can do without permission from any force, power or person. The whole earth, heaven and every thing else in between, belongs to Him. He does His good pleasure as He sees fit! “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” Psalm 24:1-3  “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” 1 Corinthians 10:25-27  When everything belongs to you authentically and legally, then you have the ultimate authority and power.

There was another character that needed to be reminded that God is all-powerful. Nebuchadnezzar was the King of Babylon and in his eight year of reigning as king, he invaded Jerusalem and took the king of Judah Jehoiachin captive for three minutes (only because the King of Judah eventually rebelled). Not only did he take the King captive; he took and defiled the vessels in the house of God. This was also the invasion that brought Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to the land of Babylon. “In the eighth year of the reign of the king of Babylon, he took Jehoiachin prisoner. As the LORD had declared, Nebuchadnezzar removed the treasures from the temple of the LORD and from the royal palace, and cut up the gold articles that Solomon king of Israel had made for the temple of the LORD.  He carried all Jerusalem into exile: all the officers and fighting men, and all the skilled workers and artisans—a total of ten thousand. Only the poorest people of the land were left.” 2 Kings 24:12-14  So looks like the King of Babylon had a blast with the holy items and articles in the Temple of a Holy God. And then he carried with him choice and useful labor, leaving behind the poor and supposedly useless ones.

At the appointed time, God paid Nebuchadnezzar a visit. Probably at this time the King was full and very satisfied and had prospered greatly, possible with two or more kingdoms under his belt; life was good. Then he went to sleep… ” These are the visions I saw while lying in bed: I looked, and there before me stood a tree in the middle of the land. Its height was enormous. The tree grew large and strong and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth. Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant, and on it was food for all. Under it the wild animals found shelter, and the birds lived in its branches; from it every creature was fed. In the visions I saw while lying in bed, I looked, and there before me was a holy one, a messenger, coming down from heaven. He called in a loud voice: ‘Cut down the tree and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches. But let the stump and its roots, bound with iron and bronze, remain in the ground, in the grass of the field. In the midst of Nebuchadnezzar’s contented existence, the terror of the Most High broke through. God showed him in a dream (which had to be translated by the servant of God) what would soon become of his well fed self and empire. It was a horrendous picture and a complete opposite of what the King was used to having.

Time and again, God blesses us as He sees fit, yet some of us opt and grab the blessings by ourselves and in the long run claim something that is not ours. We become full, fat and eventually tip over into full-blown rebellion and sin (the ‘humpty-dumpty’ syndrome) . “Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; filled with food, they became heavy and sleek. They abandoned the God who made them and rejected the Rock their Savior.” Deuteronomy 32:14-16  How ridiculous and foolish we must look when we thumb our noses at the one who gave us life in the first place. Someone said I never touched my nose. Well you did, when you lowered the knowledge of the Most High to your whim, your way  and your will. All this, even before the devil steps in with his own ‘bag of tricks’ for you. Well back to the ‘King who would be beast’, his days had always been numbered but he had just lost count. After the vision had been known and translated by Daniel, God’s faithful servant, a decree was thundered from heaven and the cameras began to roll. Here is what his ‘to be done list’ looked like:

“‘Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him live with the animals among the plants of the earth.  Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let him be given the mind of an animal, till seven times pass by for him. The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of people.’        Daniel 4:15-16

As soon as the decree came forth from the heavenly messenger, it became a reality right away. He was ushered into the wilderness literally to share recipes with the wild ox. “Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.”  Daniel 4:33   I did like to show you something intriguing; in the passage before Nebuchadnezzar went ‘rogue-wild’, the scripture said he was perambulating on the roof top and he looked down at his kingdom and smote his chest with accolades and self-aggrandizement. Watch this: “All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar.  Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon,  he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.”  Do you remember someone else who had a roof-top experience? And also looked around … Hmm, what is it about the roof top that causes men to forget God or forget that they are still mortals susceptible to evil and destruction. In this day and age you could call it the ‘PH-jitters’ you know the acronym for the button to the PentHouse or roof-top.

The attribute of pride took Nebuchadnezzar on a rollercoaster ride. His mortality showed, he was absolutely humbled and had the sense and heart to repent genuinely.  God restored him even more than before and here is what he had to say: “At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before.  “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.”  Daniel 4:33-36

“At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.

   His dominion is an eternal dominion;
   his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
  All the Peoples of the earth
   are regarded as nothing.
He does as he pleases
   with the powers of heaven
   and the Peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back his hand
   or say to him: “What have you done?” Daniel 4:19

One of the greatest Kings that ever was, declared that there was none besides God Almighty. He was indeed the All-Mighty and All-Powerful. We do well to take heed if we still have not. Like they say in the jungle; ‘A word is enough for the wise’.

“It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.

How great are his signs,
how mighty his wonders!
His kingdom is an eternal kingdom;
his dominion endures from generation to generation.” Daniel 4:2-3

Rocks of Refreshment (A flow from an unlikely source)

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Coool!

Between a rock and a hard place? We have all been there at some point or another, could still be there and/or getting ready to go there for a bout of hard knocks. We don’t have to wait or take an arduous journey from our hard places to be refreshed by God. He is so awesome, He can make the rock bleed water to refresh our battered and scorched souls. I was going through some old files and came across these. They are all mine , taken by me and copyrighted! Let the scenery refresh and ignite the hope in you that no matter what the daunting issue is, God is more than able to move, remove or liquefy your mountain. Hallelujah!!!

Rocky Refreshment

 “And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.”
Nehemiah 9:14-16

“And a man shall be as a hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.”
Isaiah 32:1-3

An oasis

“Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon which cometh from the rock of the field? or shall the cold flowing waters that come from another place be forsaken?”
Jeremiah 18:13-15

“Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.”
Exodus 17:5-7

“And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.”
Numbers 20:10-12

Cooling cave

Solid and safe

Keeping up with the ‘Kraziness’ and ‘Kodswallop’ (I Kan’t Kope!)

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“I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me.”      Psalm 101:2-4

Here I go again! Yes I am just as befuddled as you are maybe even more so. It may very well be that God is setting me up; (much like He did Job) well if He is, it is all good and well, because He alone can protect and keep me anyhow. I wrote that to write this; I am once again about to delve into one of those ‘no she did not’ topic/stories. Hopefully by God’s leading and grace, when I am done we all as a  community could say confidently ‘yes she did!’

There are certain things I would not pollute my blog wall with, certain things I would not even notice or give the time of day. However, this particular thing is getting ridiculous and I dare say becoming an eyesore (well not really, since the main character is a ‘well kept’ object of  beauty. Can I get some ‘Amens’ please). For the past two (2) weeks, the newspapers, magazines and every form of media and free press have inundated us with their carefully and deceptively concocted drama. It is a case of  the circus meets the zoo and the animals (though lacking wings) are airborne. Or in vernacular: we could say things are threatening to hit the fan.

I don’t watch T.V. Absolutely no offense if you do, but I don’t seem to have the time of day to sit in front that tube and come away feeling sane and productive. You go from one hour-long flick to the other as they interrupt you between commercials to inform you of the show coming up next. Now you have got a dilemma, because the ‘next show’ is even more intriguing than the one you just saw and they are saving the plot revelation till the last thirty seconds. And what is more heart wrenching is that six shows into the future (i.e. nine hours from the time you started with the first show) the best of them was still yet to come and the ‘sleaze factor’ rises with the scorching sun outside your walls. Eleven hours later, laden with six reality shows and two soap operas (with one comedy thrown in for a ‘fuzzy effect’), you hate your life, kitchen floor and cannot for the life of you remember why you have an empty bowl of ice-cream and potato chips bag sitting on the couch next to you in the first place! So now you are left with barely ten hours before the date officially changes and you are  no better a person than when you started out the day. The laundry still awaits your diligent attention and the children have learned a foreign language since the last time you tended to them.

I could tell you to throw the ‘box’ away like a dear Pastor used to say; and I quite understand where he might have been coming from.  It is probably like the scripture that admonishes us:-  “And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” Matthew 5:29-31  I did throw one ‘box’ away at that time, or should I say the Lord orchestrated for it to walk away from me. Shortly after that I learned Spiritual Warfare, you know how to war ‘in the spirit’ and get results. In life, something always has got to give. But honestly that may not always practically apply to every situation in this day and age. You may find yourself having to plop in a “Winnie-the-pooh” dvd to distract Junior from tying himself up with the house telephone cord as you attempt to cook dinner. Yope, I got your back (and mine also), keep the ‘evil thing’ but with much discretion as to when and how to use it.

America has gone reality show ‘crazy’. A ‘reality’, that is void of truth and reality in itself ironically. I have been behind a couple of scenes to see how heavily scripted these shows can be. If you don’t believe me; picture me showing up on this heavily touted show called the ‘J_ Shore’ set (the emblem of drunkenness ) and preaching about drinking yourself into oblivion and alcohol induced stupor. Even though I would be backed by this scriptures; “Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!” Proverbs 31:5-7  “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,”  Proverbs 23:19-21, see if you get to hear about it thanks to editing and scripting reality (as crazy as that may sound). But the nation is gripped by ‘reality happenings’ as it plunges into times of recession and moral decomposition, the government is bordering on (according to the occupiers/rioters) ‘plutocracy’ as opposing to democracy. And  American grade schools will not make it to the first twelve, when tested in Mathematics on an international level. It is now official, one in every fifteen American is living in poverty!

So let us try to keep up with the ‘K’s and maybe the ‘Jones’ also. We watch with our daughters as they slink from one man to the other man unwed. We are enthralled much to our detriment with the fashion they display, while we saunter around in sloppiness and careless abandon. We really care to know what they had for breakfast while we are not so sure what is for our dinner. They spend a whopping $100,000 in 20 minutes on shoes while we pay for it with our air time and our next door neighbor has no winter boots. Then in the end, they render whatever dignity was left in the ‘institute of marriage’ ineffective. As we run along to pay more money to hear exactly why what happened had to happen. If we still have not gotten the joke, then our brain cells have been fleeced theoretically.

If this is what it has all boiled down to, then an awakening; howbeit a spiritual one is in dire need right now. I spoke to a dear friend of mine this morning before writing this article. I knew she previously had a stint in the entertainment industry but I just did not know had deep her stint had gone and how highly influential and widely connected she was until today. She had worked with the A-listers on everything from the Grammy to the Music Awards and was well-known in that circle. I asked her what she thought about all the stuff going on and why she left the ‘happening cycle’. She simply said the moral decay, evil imbibement and superciliousness got to her. And praise God, now He is getting to her (by tugging at her heart-strings).

It is indeed very sad, what a great country has been reduced to, the garbage we have come to expect when we search the media for ‘news that is worthy to hear’ and ‘fit to print’. I just read of a charity helping families with sick children to get the children the help they need medically and financially. They featured an eight-month old girl who was shot in the eye by a stray bullet. She lost that eye, miraculously survived and is awaiting an operation to fix her face. Should that not be on the front page of every magazine and newspaper, so that help and sponsors can pour in? Instead we debate about excesses, lust and idolatry.

The only solution, will be for Christians to repent first of their negligence of the message of the Cross and then go ahead and preach to a very lost and yearning world. So on that note; ‘kalling all Kristians to stop keeping up’

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and start lifting up… in prayer that is.

Cardiography… (Does Your Heart Need One?)

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Cardiography /car·di·og·ra·phy/ is the graphic recording of a physical or functional aspect of the heart.  One main and common type of cardiographical procedure is Echocardiography.

Echocardiography is a diagnostic test that uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart muscle. Ultrasound waves that rebound or echo off the heart can show the size, shape, and movement of the heart’s valves and chambers as well as the flow of blood through the heart. Spiritually, all that cannot be seen on the outside God sees and will reveal to His servant when necessary, especially if there is no intent to repent or stop. Every thought, activity, plan and device is laid bare before the eyes of God. It can provide a wealth of helpful information, including the size and shape of the heart, its pumping strength, and the location and extent of any damage to its tissues. Everything that is wrong or right shows up on God’s spiritual Cardiogram. If there really is love, truth and acceptance as professed. It will all show up.  It is especially useful for assessing diseases of the heart valves. It not only allows doctors to evaluate the heart valves, but it can detect abnormalities in the pattern of blood flow, such as the backward flow of blood through partly closed heart valves, known as regurgitation. When a so called believer interprets the word of God in the flesh, it is life draining. like the backward flow of blood in the heart valve. By assessing the motion of the heart wall, echocardiography can help detect the presence and assess the severity of coronary artery disease, as well as help determine whether any chest pain is related to heart disease. Your lack of peace and joy, might just be due to the state of your heart. Echocardiography can also help detect hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, in which the walls of the heart thicken in an attempt to compensate for heart muscle weakness. This is when the heart is hardened and the person can no longer hear truth. It is also accompanied by a stiff neck. Echocardiography creates an image of the heart using ultra-high-frequency sound waves-sound waves that are too high in frequency to be heard by the human ear. Exactement!!! What God sees in his Spiritual State cannot be seen by the human eye, except He reveals it. The technique is very similar to ultrasound scanning commonly used to visualize the fetus during pregnancy.

“The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.”
Deuteronomy 30:5-7

“I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always.”
1 Samuel 2:34-36

I do not know that there is anything harder than dealing with flesh driven Christians (who have been in church forever) I will take a non-believer/voodoo priest any day. At least it is obvious what you have to work with. It must be a heavy burden for a ‘true man of God’ to look around and find that either his words fall on deaf ears or time and again there is no  improvement, advancement or growth in certain people year after year after year. I know that when someone is diligently and honestly serving the Lord, the enemy goes after what concerns them . I also know that God is faithful to the faithful one: (“… ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.”  1 Samuel 2:29-31 ) and will always come through with healing and deliverance in His wings. And By God’s grace I will purpose to pray for such a person.

I made a statement hidden in a statement about people and their warped political alignments using a medium of technology to subtly divert from what matters. And all the telephone lines were abuzz (yope I heard some/God has His ways “But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets,” Daniel 2:27-29) as to me being against updates and pictures. Well the people whom I spoke to know in the deepest crevice of their heart what I was talking about, and that will be that.

As for the veteran rumor mongers whose alliance and heart have so hardened that the blood flow has coagulated and clogged the arteries of truth. I am not about my personal mission. If I were, you would never have anything in common with me, and our roads will never have to cross. But we are here at the cross and the ground is level praise God Almighty.  I will keep going about my Father’s business as He wants me to. To the ring leaders that like to garner people to support their fleshly and ‘high-school’ natured tirades, here is how God will remove the bottom from you: the people you feed nonsense now will eventually see truth and repent and completely change. You on the other hand will end up standing alone 300yrs later still unchanged and still clueless.

“In the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ,…”
Romans 2:15-17

“Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.”
Psalm 44:20-22

“As for you, O king, thoughts came to your mind while on your bed, about what would come to pass after this; and He who reveals secrets has made known to you what will be.”
Daniel 2:28-30

“And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.”
1 Corinthians 14:24-26

God is the one who reveals secrets and the intent of the heart. It goes beyond outward actions. When we harbor hatred and division in our hearts it seeps through in all that we do as innocent as it seems. A wicked heart keeps meddling and stirring up division and separation. Nothing is ever simple , everything becomes a platform for an agenda… HELP US LORD!!! When God confronts us with what is in our hearts we need to go to him for forgiveness, cleansing and refreshing. Some people you can get away with devouring them over and over again, but some people you can’t. They have paid a great price to be in ‘the secret place of the Most High’ they will see right through you by the burning power of the Holy Spirit residing in them. The collection of mans input is futile. Hate who you must and stir up who you will but be sure the ultimate power of God supports your decision. The issue is not an update (no one ever gave more info than I did!). The person who needs to know what they did, know already what they need to know. They are just shocked that it was noticed .

To ‘Hallow’ or not to ‘Hallow’ (That is what we must pray about…)

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I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,” Ephesians 1:18 NIV

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 

So I was walking down the ‘sleepless streets’ last night (October 31) talking to my God. That night is usually the most demonically active night in the calendar. I bet someone just said demons? What demons? Anyway as I was saying; praying through the night especially on that night is what I hope to make my tradition: it does not have to be yours. I do it that the blood of Jesus Christ would remain on me and my family, and the ‘death angel’ will have to pass us by as he completes his rituals. “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:14-16  

But let us see (my praying through…) could that be why the most elaborate and evil plots, attacks and curses from the highest order of human hierarchy to the territorial principalities and powers in operation cannot and never will to the glory of God Almighty destroy me? This night is also the night that the largest amount of wickedness is perpetrated. You want proof and statistics? Well you will have to go find it for yourself; because this is not an article on Economics, but a tribute to the victory worn on Calvary and the name of my Christ. It is also for the purpose and intent of shedding some light on what should be a ‘no brainer’ for most people who profess to be Christians.  

 The information I am about to share, I really did not want to share because people are very much entitled to live the way they want to, incur curses as they very well please and furthermore become bed fellows with infirmities for as long as they can exercise their rights. I would have wanted to keep this to myself and family and protect what is mine. But lo and behold, I felt the Lord give me that look like: really, do you not care that my bride is not only dishevelled and brow-beaten, but that she invites the devil for tea-time and serves him, with her back as the snack stool. Well I am susceptible to not care for more reasons than I plan to state. But the main reason would be that this thing I have with the King of Glory is a relationship, not a religion.  And in a relationship, what breaks the other persons heart should break yours. A lesson in divine compatibility: if you constantly find yourself on a quest to destroy the other person, then you are a ‘square peg trying to fit into a round hole’. That is one of a billion reasons of course, but we will re-visit that point at the appointed time. Now how did I get on that… aah yes; the Lord said to drop that in. Let us continue with the topic at hand shall we? The blue comments will be mine.

“Halloween is considered by most in the United States as a fun holiday, mostly for children, but it has roots in ancient religions and folklore, including paganism, ancient Roman religions, early Catholic Christianity, Irish folklore, and even British politics! Children and adults alike enjoy this holiday today, with funny costumes, candy, and parties, while some countries observe this time as a remembrance of departed loved ones and religious saints.”

2 Corinthians 6:16-18 (NIV)

“What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

   “I will live with them
   and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
   and they will be my people.”

 17Therefore,

 “Come out from them
   and be separate,
            says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
   and I will receive you.”

 18And,

   “I will be a Father to you,
   and you will be my sons and daughters,
            says the Lord Almighty.”

“Halloween is a holiday with ancient roots that had a much greater meaning than the boisterous, costume-filled holiday that we know today. Around 2,000 years ago, the Celts, who lived in what is now the United Kingdom, Ireland, and northern France, had a festival commemorating the end of the year. Their New Year was November 1, and this festival was called Samhain, pronounced sow-en. The end of their year signaled the end of summer, the end of the harvest season, and the beginning of a long, hard winter that often caused many deaths of animals and people. Weaker livestock were often killed and eaten during this holiday, since most likely, they would not survive the winter anyway. (9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.)  1 Corinthians 8:9-13  Because of this, and the cruel winter to come, this time of year signified death to the Pagan Celtics. They believed the night before the New Year, that the wall between the living and the dead was open, allowing spirits of the dead, both good and bad, to mingle among the living. Some of these spirits were thought to possess living people, cause trouble, ruin crops, or to search for passage to the afterlife. ” ( So in your commemoration, pay in mind that you are legally agreeing for all these signs and rituals to pay you a visit and maybe take root for generations to come.) 

“Samhain was considered a magical holiday, and there are many stories about what the Celtics practiced and believed during this festival. Some say the spirits that were unleashed were those that had died in that year, and offerings of food and drink were left to aid the spirits, or to ward them away. Other versions say the Celts dressed up in outlandish costumes and roamed the neighborhoods making noise to scare the spirits away. Many thought they could predict the future and communicate with spirits as well during this time. Some think the heavily structured life of the Pagan Celtics was abandoned during Samhain, and people did unusual things, such as moving horses to different fields, moving gates and fences, women dressing as men, and vice versa, and other trickeries now associated with Halloween. Another belief is that the Celtics honoured, celebrated, and feasted the dead during Samhain. A sacred, central bonfire was always lit to honor the Pagan gods, and some accounts say that individual home fires were extinguished during Samhain, either to make their homes unattractive to roving spirits, or for their home fires to be lit following the festival from the sacred bonfire. Fortunes were told, and marked stones thrown into the fire. If a person’s stone was not found after the bonfire went out, it was believed that person would die during the next year. Some Celts wore costumes of animal skulls and skins during Samhain. Faeries were believed to roam the land during Samhain, dressed as beggars asking for food door to door. (Note that when you emulate what people did out of necessity and tradition for fun, you may have to pay for it, by it being a reality in your life. Much like watching pornography and saying it is no big deal) Those that gave food to the faeries were rewarded, while those that did not were punished by the faeries.”

“Over the next several hundred years, Christianity had spread to include the lands inhabited by the Celtics and the Romans, but the festival of Samhain was still celebrated by the people. The Christian church reportedly did not like a festival with Pagan roots practiced by Christians, (understandably so!) so a replacement was needed. Pope Boniface IV designated May 13 as All Saints Day to honour dead church saints and martyrs. Samhain continued to be celebrated, so in 835 A.D., Pope Gregory IV moved the holiday to November 1, probably to take attention away from the Pagan Samhain festival and replace it. Since All Saints Day was sanctioned by the church, and related to the dead, the church was happy, but many Pagan traditions of Samhain continued to be practiced, including bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costume. All Saints Day was also known as All Hallows, or All Hallowmas (Hallowmas is Old English for All Saints Day). Since Samhain was celebrated the night before November 1, the celebration was known as All Hallows Eve, and later called Halloween. In the year 1000 A.D., the church designated November 2 as All Souls Day, to honour the dead who were not saints, and they eventually became combined and celebrated as Hallowmas.”

“Jack o’lanterns are a Halloween staple today, with at least two historical roots. The early Pagan Celtic people used hollowed out turnips, gourds, or rutabagas to hold an ember from the sacred bonfire, so they could light their home fires from the sacred bonfire. Another tale from folklore gives jack o’lanterns their name. In Irish myth, a man known as “Stingy Jack”, who was a swindler and a drunk, who asked the devil to have drink with him… When Jack died, he was not allowed into heaven, because of his drunken and swindling ways, but he was not allowed into hell either, because the devil kept his word. Taking pity on Jack, the devil gave him an ember to light his way in the dark, putting it into a hollowed out turnip for Jack to carry on his lonely, everlasting roamings around the Earth. (Imagine having the devil as your guide and light bearer, when all he ever desired was to quench any ember you might have.) Meanwhile Christ said: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:13-15  People from Ireland and Scotland would make “Jack o’lanterns” during this season to scare away Stingy Jack and other evil spirits wandering about.”

“Halloween was not a popular observance in early United States history, as most of the early settlers were Protestant. (Remember our Bible believing ‘Founding-Fathers’ or forgive me for mentioning that, you might be of the ‘anti-fundamentalist argument.) At the time, Halloween was considered mostly a Catholic, Episcopalian, and Pagan holiday, and therefore largely ignored. In the southern colonies, such as Virginia and Maryland, there were some Halloween customs observed. The first common events were called “play parties”. These parties got neighborhoods together to celebrate the harvest, dance, sing, tell stories of the dead, tell fortunes, and have pageants for children in costume. By the mid 1800’s, immigration increased, and many Irish immigrants, mostly Catholics fleeing the potato famine, brought many Halloween traditions with them. Jack o’lanterns found a new face, the pumpkin, which was very plentiful in the New World. Catholics and Episcopalians sought to preserve their traditions, so started an effort in the late 1800’s to popularize and make their holidays known to the general population. By campaigning to put these holidays (Halloween and All Saints Day) on public calendars, magazines and newspapers started to publicize these holidays, and soon became popular in the United States more as a community and family holiday, rather than one of great religious and supernatural importance.

By the mid twentieth century, Halloween turned into a secular holiday, community centered with parties city-wide, parades, and great costumes. Halloween is mostly aimed to children, but young and old enjoy this holiday, with events and parties for both children and adults.  Halloween is the United States’ second largest commercial holiday, spending approximately $6.9 billion a year.” (Thanks to all the faithful observers I guess!)

Most of us do not remember the last time we had quality time with the Lord; probably we were busy gossiping and gripping about the ‘new girl’ in town or better still nursing our paganistic paraphernalia. Whatever the reason, if we as much as dedicated the same time, money and passion to observing Jesus and all that He stands for e.g. holiness; I dare say there would be breath in us to pick out a costume and add to our already hidden  personas. You know like claiming you love every body, when there are certain people you don’t care for, simply because they don’t fall into you very un-christlike click. Even though they reached out to you in the love of Christ… Phew!

Go ahead, eat candy and have fun and celebrate. Ignore all those uptight, fun-hating, kill-joy, holy roller Christians like this writer. But know that the day the devil decides he can climb all over you as he sees fit (because some time ago you gave him your time of day and access), do not ask those ‘holier-than-thou’ people to pray for your deliverance or healing… Know that after you have traipsed between the kingdom of light and of darkness, there comes a moment of truth when you need to have invested in the only thing that works after the play time is over. I have so much fun in living for Jesus that the people of the world stop to listen to my stories and are actually entertained by me!!! I don’t have to lower myself to grime, the world is so enthralled with the wisdom and joy of Jesus that it is willing to come up to hang with His vessel. We do have need for discipline in our walk with Christ these days. 

” Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

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