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Friday, January 14, 2022

A Parable for Weekend Marination

 


The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

 (From the Bible: Luke 18:9-14)

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 

11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'

13 "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'

14 "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

That parable really doesn't need any commentary. The last few sentences say it all. Sometimes, we (religious people in general) err by comparing ourselves to other people and foolishly believing that our "for show" practices somehow make us more righteous than "that person over there with his or her dirty sins." 

There are three things to remember here. Number one, all sins are worthy of death and hell. So the self-righteous man in the parable is just as bad as an adulterer or thief who does not recognize his or her sinfulness, repent, and ask for mercy. You can insert any sins into the parable, and the meaning won't change a bit.

Secondly, we're not righteous by our own efforts. We're righteous because our merciful Elohim covers us with His son's righteousness. We can never "do" enough to be perfectly righteous on our own. There is only one righteous being, and it ain't any of us. Even those who believe they are doing everything right will still be judged for doing one thing wrong without "Christ's" righteousness as the basis of their righteousness.

Thirdly, judgmental and self-righteous people will be humbled. I can say that as someone who had to go through a humbling process myself. Ouch. 

Our works do not make us righteous, but our righteousness, faith, and fellowship with Yah should produce certain works and fruits. Our desire and will to sin should decrease as we grow and learn to walk and conform to the image of our Master. 

Not everyone grows at the same pace, so we should never assume that "that girl or that guy over there" isn't a man or woman of faith. Yes, "you know them by their fruit," but make sure you aren't judging someone by his or her old rotten fruit and ignoring that person's growth and fresh fruit. 

If Yah has been gracious enough to open our eyes today, we have the opportunity to repent or confess any self-righteousness, hatred toward a brother or sister, idolatry, or any other apparent or hidden sins that we may not see. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

They Don't Like You? So What? Be Yourself

 

Always be yourself because those who don't like you will dislike you regardless of whether you people please, lick boots, compromise, fake agree, or not. Some people choose never to like you, and it's highly unlikely that they'll suddenly like you in the future. 

You will still be the same butt of their jokes, gossiping subject, ridicule object, emotional punching bag, false villain, etc., even if you bend yourself six ways to Sunday. As a matter of fact, it will be worse for you if you do that because you'll lose self-respect as well. Thus, there's absolutely no reason for you to attempt or pretend to be someone else. 

Be you, whether that's corny, nerdy, fundie, old-school, "crazy," "too sensitive," or weird to other folks. Stand up for what you believe in, use your voice, and don't apologize to a single human being for it. Learn to be okay with being disliked by people because the Heavenly Father's love is far greater than their dislike and the devil's hatred combined. 

Related Quotes by Other People

"... So what!? So ... what. They never liked you anyway. Now stop people-pleasing!" — Cassandra Mack 

"We've become conditioned to compromise and shrink ourselves in order to be liked. The problem is, when you work so hard to get everyone to like you, you very often end up not liking yourself so much." ― Reshma Saujani

"Knowing who we are in Christ sets us free from the need to impress others." ― Joyce Meyer

Related Bible Verses

Galatians 1:10 ESV

 "For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ."

Proverbs 29:25 ESV

"The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe."

Isaiah 2:22 ESV

"Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?"

Monday, January 10, 2022

Preventing the Birth of Sin

 

These things cause temptation:

  • Our own raggedy flesh or minds
  • Our own wicked, lying hearts
  • The enemy and/or his agents

These things cause temptations to develop into sins:

  • Failure to nip a thought in the bud (take our thoughts captive)
  • Failure to draw near to the Heavenly Father
  • Failure to seek fortification in the Scriptures
  • Failure to yield to the Holy Spirit's prompts, warnings, or guidance
  • Putting our trust in man/woman/serpent/self instead of our Savior
  • Following our heart instead of our Savior
  • Not believing that we have victory over sin through our Savior

We can choose which thoughts we entertain (2 Corinthians 10:5, Colossians 3:2). We have the ability to shut unproductive and unfruitful thoughts down, even though we can't control when they present themselves. 

The Heavenly Father is available 24/7, and He draws near to us if we draw near to Him (James 4:8). Going directly to Him when temptation arises and requesting protection and strength is one of the best strategies.

The Bible will never, ever steer anyone to sin (Proverbs 30:5-6, Psalms 18:30). Thus, digging into Scripture the moment a sinful idea comes to mind is an excellent preventative measure. Then, that sinful seed will never get a chance to grow. 

The Holy Spirit teaches us (John 14:16) and reveals things. It sets off alarms and warnings when we're thinking about doing something ungodly, or we are around someone who has an ungodly presence. It should never be ignored. 

We can never trust men and women over Yah, and we certainly can't trust any smooth talkers and serpent-like entities. It will always end badly if we do. Just ask Eve (Genesis 3:4). 

Our hearts are wicked (Jeremiah 17:9), according to Scripture. Thus, they should have zero say in our decision-making processes when it comes to holiness. 

We have already been freed from sin and bondage (Romans 8:37, 1 Corinthians 15:56-57). Our Savior has already made that so, but we need to believe it, claim it, own it, and declare it. No sin has any power over a child of Yah. Nope. 

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Obedience and the Desire to Be Obedient Come From the Spirit

 


Romans 8:1-2 KJV

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."

Pay attention to all the words in this verse. Who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Walking after the Spirit is a daily choice. We don't always walk in the Spirit like we're supposed to, now do we? We still have naughty little disobedient flesh that opposes our spirits every single day, and as such, we have to make the conscious choice to walk after the Spirit — every single day. Our own actions will tell us what we've been walking after. 

Walking after the Spirit: being faithful, revering "God," submitting oneself to "God," praising and worshiping Him, being obedient, being loving and kind, being peaceful, being prayerful, studying Scripture, having self-control, annihilating one's pride and self-pursuits, etc. 

Walking after the flesh: being sexually immoral, coveting, hating one's brother or sister, lying, loving money or the world, seeking vengeance, stealing, dishonoring holy days, idolizing, reviling, practicing sorcery/witchcraft, and so on. People can and do fall into temptation sometimes, but no such sin will rule over the believer. 

1 John 1:9 NIV

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

This verse was written to people who were already "in Christ." The entire book encourages them not to practice sin, but this particular verse explains the provision. So there is a provision, but it's not to be taken advantage of, because yes, it appears that there is a point at which one could end up being fresh out of a sacrifice and covering: 

Hebrews 10:26-27

"If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God."

No one knows when that might occur and when he or she might become a spiritually dead and darkened reprobate instead of a man or woman of "God." So it's always wise for individuals to walk after the Spirit and let it fill them with the desire to overcome until the end. Believers can do all things through "Christ" and not a single thing without him. 

**The blog poster is not a teacher, preacher, minister, cult leader, or any such a person. This person is a writer, artist, and woman of faith. Please see your Savior, the entire Holy Bible (including Revelation), and "church personnel" for additional information. Test all spirits, perform your own research, and work out your own salvation.**

Friday, December 10, 2021

Are We Artists Using Our Musical Talents the Right Way?

 

Every person in creation was given a talent or several talents. That includes you, musical artist. You have qualities and talents that were assigned to you for kingdom work. You have a unique voice, the ability to play an instrument, a creative mind to write lyrics, or all three. If you find yourself constantly being called to make music, then it's your thing  from "God." Your success or lack of success in the world doesn't change that. 

Don't let anyone else tell you you're not supposed to do that, or you're not "good enough" to do that for some reason or another (too old, too young, too skinny or fat, not pretty or handsome enough, your voice doesn't sound like artist XYZ, you don't have special equipment, etc.). "God" made you just the way you are — voice and all — and He loves to hear it. You keep returning to music because He built you for it. You may not be using it for its intended purpose at the moment, however. 

Praise and worship are the names of the game. You were designed to praise the Creator. How many times does the Bible say to lift up your voice and sing praise to "God?" How many times does it talk about playing instruments and such? 

So if you have a skill and a relentless desire related to music, that means you're part of the praise team. That's why you always feel like you want to sing, speak out (rap), and pass an important message. That's why you yearn to do those things every day of your life. It's embedded into you, and no one will ever remove it from you, though many may have tried.  

Artists' messages easily get distorted in this fallen world, though. Sometimes, we let our flesh (anger, resentment, hurt, pride, lust, etc.) write the songs instead of letting our spirits guide us. Sometimes, our intentions get skewed due to the "wiles" of certain evicted former Heavenly praise team leaders. 

The messages get flipped upside down. The purpose becomes about gratifying ourselves or gaining the approval of others. Then the music becomes nothing more than the pursuit of fame, worldly relevance, or money — and those things come at a very high price.

Artist, music is one of the most powerful elements that exist. Every musical composition has a spirit, and every lyric that comes from your mouth affects yourself and others. You can either edify or hellify your listeners with your songs, but you can't serve two masters. 

Only two kinds of music exist: the kind that gives glory to "God" and the kind that gives glory to everything else. Genre doesn't matter. No single genre is an "evil" genre, and no single genre is a "godly" genre. 

Both the music itself and the lyrics have spiritual elements in them that can be good or bad. Thus, you must be careful of where your beats originate if you use other people's music. Evaluate it real quick and drop it like a bad habit if it makes you feel a certain type of way that's other than your authentic self. Been there. The spiritual influence of music is 100 percent real.

Former bad@ss rap/rock persona: Inspired by music. Talked a lot of prideful foolishness. "I'm hot. I'm this. I'm that. Bow down to the queen," etc.

Authentic self: Can still rap, but is neither bad@ss nor self-exalting.

If the music gives glory to wicked things, it is of "the evicted one." If the music gives glory to the self, it's about the same as giving glory to the evicted one. How do you feel about that, musical artist? You can't do anything except repent about anything you've already produced, but what kind of music will you release next? What kind of impact will you make if you're blessed with the breath of life tomorrow?


Related Bible Verses

Psalm 105:2 NIV

"Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts."

1 Chronicles 15-16 NIV

"David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals."

Colossians 3:16 ESV

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and  admonishing one another with all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing to God with thankfulness in your hearts to God."

Ephesians 5:19 NIV

"Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord..."

James 5:13 NIV

"Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise."

Psalm 95:1 NIV

"Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation."

Psalm 147:1 NIV

"Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!"

Psalm 104:33 NIV

"I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live."

Isaiah 23:16 NIV

“Take up a harp, walk through the city, you forgotten prostitute; play the harp well, sing many a song, so that you will be remembered.”

Psalm 96:1-2 NIV

"Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day."

Psalm 98:1 NIV

"Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him."

... and many more...

***Disclaimer: I am not a teacher, preacher, minister, pastor, cult leader, or any such individual. I am an artist, writer, and woman of faith. Please see your Savior, the Holy Bible, and "church personnel" for additional information. Also, this is definitely not for you if you don't believe in a Heavenly Creator, a wicked one, or spirits and such. Move along.***

Saturday, December 4, 2021

God Already Has Your Rap Sheet

 

Our Savior gave the Ultimate Sacrifice to cover all types of sins. Remember that when other people try to make you feel lowly about an area that's sensitive for you. Other people tend to speak the words of the enemy — the accuser who influences them. The spiritual objective is to shame an unsaved person from ever repenting or shame a child of "God" into believing that he or she is not such a person. Steal, kill, destroy. 

All sins lead to death, and all people have committed sins. We cannot justify any of them on our own, even if we think we committed them with "good" or "pure" intentions. Additionally, none is set at a higher degree than the others, except for blaspheming the Holy Spirit. 

A male liar, slanderer, envier, vengeance seeker, adulterer, fornicator, lover of money, etc., is at the same risk for spiritual death as a woman who has had several husbands. A person who lies one time will go the same pit of hell as someone who has lied a million times without repenting. However, all sinners have been thrown a lifeline through the Ultimate Sacrifice.  

The fourth chapter of the Book of John tells a story about "Jesus" and the woman at the well. That story is one of many stories that give a crystal clear depiction of our Savior's love for us and his desire to give us life despite our sins. 

The woman at the well wasn't even one of the Yehudim. She was of another ethnicity, and she wondered why he even spoke to her. Well, because he came to save all who would repent, accept him, believe in him, and bear witness to his greatness. 

The woman at the well had had five husbands in her lifetime, and she had a current relationship with a man who wasn't her husband at all. The world most likely saw her as a useless lowlife, no matter the reasons her marriages didn't work. 

We don't know why they didn't work, what the woman felt for those men, or what she may have gone through with them. All we know is that she was a sinner, and "Jesus" knew of those sins. Here's what's remarkable, though: 

He knew everything about her — every last detail — but he did not shun her for her sins. He did not call her dirty names or put her in a lower category of sinners than everyone else. Instead, he offered her his Living Water — the kind that would quench her thirst for love until the end of time.

This story explains the nature of our Savior quite clearly. It explains that he knows us all and what we have done. In this case, it explains that he knows all the sins we are still committing as well. 

It explains that it does not matter what race or gender we are or whether other people see us as valueless outcasts. It doesn't matter if we were married two times or 110 times if they weren't godly marriages. 

It doesn't matter if we lied once or idolized another human being a million times — lusted after money, fame, success, or power one time, or let pride rule our lives 10 times. We have all sinned much more than we ever realized. Every last one of us had/has a sin debt too great for us to pay on our own. But the Living Water was/is still available to us. 

He still made that sacrifice to cancel our debts. And if we have repented, accepted him, acknowledged him, and testified to his existence, then we are well on our way to being molded, refined, and perfected by His grace and pace. 

No human being can undo what "God" has already done or stop a process He has already started. No "devil" can "tell on us" or talk Our Father into rescinding His invitation because of our former sins. He's all-knowing, so He already has our rap sheet. 

The lifeline is still available to those who have not yet repented as well. There's still a chance if you are still breathing. No matter what the sin is or how many times it has been done, the sacrifice can cover it. Once you are adopted into the Heavenly Family, you are no longer known by any other names but blessed and beloved. 

Your name will no longer be thief, whore (or the urban version), gigolo, killer, idol worshiper, false-god follower, backstabber, gossiper, non-believer, liar, loser, N-word, B-word, drug addict, drug dealer, alcoholic, gambling fiend, dummy, worthless, or anything else for that matter. It will be Yah's son or daughter, who was once lost but has now been found and forgiven.  

Related Bible Verses

John 4:18 NIV

"The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband..." 

Romans 3:23 NIV

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

John 3:16 NIV

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Romans 6:23 NIV

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 8:1-2 KJV

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."

1 John 1:9 NIV

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

***Disclaimer: I am not a teacher, preacher, minister, pastor, cult leader, or any such individual. I am an artist, writer, and woman of faith. Please see your Savior, the Holy Bible, and "church personnel" for additional information.***

Friday, December 3, 2021

Don't Keep Explaining Yourself to Other People

 


What Should You Do When Someone Keeps Accusing You and Calling You out of Your Name?


Explaining yourself to other people and trying to convince them of who you are is a waste of valuable time and energy. It can also be a form of bondage because you could end up spending a lifetime trying to prove yourself to other flawed humans. 

All people are flawed, and as such, not one human being can judge you or assign you a name or attribute that doesn't belong to you. No human is omnipotent or omnipresent, either. Thus, no one can tell you where you've been or what you've done or haven't done at all times. Other people do not know what is in your heart, either. You can tell them, but they can choose to believe the opposite. 

Therefore, you should never argue with someone who chooses to view you as this when you are that or that when you are this. Simply disagree out loud or in your own mind and walk away, for that person is blind to your inner beauty. There is nothing fruitful in trying to get a blind person to see you clearly. No thank you.

Let that person hold onto his or her image of you while you continue to live in your truth. That person chooses to believe another entity's wicked whispers, and he or she has the free will to choose to do that.

You only need to answer to the name the Sovereign One gave you. You won't need to explain yourself because He already knows who you are, where you've been, where you haven't been, how far you've come, and where you're going. 

Shake the dust off your feet and move on when other people do not receive you as who you are or hear your words as you've spoken them. You don't need to be angry with those other people for their choices when you exit. You only need to be done. 

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Never Hold On to Someone Who Already Let Go of You

All things in this world are temporary, including all manner of relationships. People come and go. They have the free will to choose to stay in our lives, and we have the free will to choose to stay in theirs or not. 

Other people can also choose how they treat us while they are in our lives. Blood relation doesn't overrule their free will, as much as we might wish it could.

Some people come into our life's path to greet us once and leave us with an encouraging word. Other people enter our lives and stay there for some time to teach us a lesson, give us a growth opportunity, or grow with us. They will either leave or get left once we learn our lessons or outgrow the situations. They'll stay and grow with us if they're in our lives for that divine purpose. 

We should never try to hold on to people who have already let go of us, nor should we be bitter about anything we've shared with them. Relationships that have turned one-sided or 100-percent hurtful have simply run their courses. Their seasons have ended, and their purposes have been fulfilled. 

Once a season is over, it's over, and we must adapt to the new one. We can continue to wear shorts and take a surfboard to the relationships like it's still summertime there, but we'll die from frostbite if it's really the dead of winter. It's much healthier to change clothes instead. 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

You Can Only Change You


You don't need to try to convince someone else to change their behavior or treat you better. You don't need to explain yourself or prove you're good enough or worthy of their respect, love, time, validation, or basic human decency. Nope. They don't have to change at all. You do. 

  • Change your number
  • Change your residence
  • Change your job
  • Change your mindset
  • Change your friends list
  • Change your faith
  • Change your expectations
  • Change your attitude
  • Change your outlook
  • Change your responses
  • Change your game plan

Pick one or several but do something differently.  Let a leopard stay a leopard while you transform into an empowered and beautiful butterfly.