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This is a personal journal post.. Keeping track of when the Lord is speaking

 

 

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Posted by J - 06/17/2011 at 10:41 AM

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Testimony – Eat your Beans Joseph

This surely was one of those weird coinciding events. I love looking up definitions of words such as weird

adj
1. suggestive of or relating to the supernatural; eerie
2. strange or bizarre
3. archaic of or relating to fate or the Fates

 

Some quick background information on this. As evident from the lack of posts over the past few weeks, things have been pretty dry for me spiritually. I haven’t been drawing near to God. I know full well what happens when I do this as the pattern has played out 100s of times. Also, it is written –

James 4:8-10 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

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Posted by J - 06/16/2011 at 11:30 PM

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Beware of the Philosophy from Man

During the past few weeks, the Lord has consistently brought across my path a common theme – Beware of the Philosophy of Man. In this context, the term “man” is defined as the ways and ideas of the world. The flesh. It can also be defined as the ways of our own thoughts, which are stemmed from the fleshly nature of man, i.e. self-reasoning.

Here are the main verses that He has placed upon my heart. There is much food for the soul in these verses, I pray for eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to receive.. in the name of the Lord our Righteousness, Jesus Christ, amen –

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Isaiah 55:8-9 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.

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Posted by J - 06/11/2011 at 4:51 PM

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Why I do What I do

Thank you friend for helping to draw this out of my heart..

It seems people wonder why I do what I do. I guess they wonder why I post on Facebook or why I post blogs. I’m sure it wouldn’t be an issue if it wasn’t for the content of my posts. Some may say I should give it a rest. Some may ask why I don’t have anything else I could talk about. Someone may even go as far as to say that I should just stop because no one cares. Some may say that no one wants to hear it. Others have gone as far to verbalize it, ‘Jesus Freak’, ‘Religious’, ‘part of a cult’, ‘Crazy’, ‘a fanatic’, or the ever popular, ‘holier than thou’.  Holier than thou I am not.. and very far from being perfect. So why do I do what I do?  Why is the majority of what I communicate about Jesus Christ? Well, my life isn’t very interesting. There isn’t much going on in my personal life that deserves to be mentioned. The one thing that is worthy of talking about is Jesus Christ.

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Posted by J - 04/23/2011 at 1:28 PM

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Who do we serve?

Man, these emotions sure can be weird. In one breath, I’m anguished and in another, I’m angry. I’m very upset at Satan for his wicked ways of deception. I have a roar in me that wants to come out and I don’t know what to do but write.. Lord help me.

I’m anguished and upset to see those that profess to be Christians live a life that is not in agreement with what they say. I understand that not all of us are at the same place spiritually and that God works with us in different manners, but man.. When I see someone who professes to be a Christian that has not grown more into the image of Christ after years of professing, something is wrong. There is nothing I can do but pray, see if the Lord wants me to talk to them, and write… I can always write. :)

Believer, ponder this – which master do we really serve? Sure, the self loves to say we serve God because our pride wants to sound/look good. We love to puff ourselves up in front of others and we even do it so our ego can be stroked. But, do our actions follow our words? When a fiery dart from the enemy hits our mind, do we bow down to it and accept it or do we stand with the Lord in peace? If we are questioned on a choice to choose the ways of the world, do we justify ourselves and argue, or do we stand in agreement and confess? Do we pray? Do we seek His counsel via the Word? What makes us a Christian? Are we a Christian because we say we’re one? No, that’s a lie.. Christ in our lives makes us a Christian.

Man.. I’m anguished for friends, family, and professing Christians that continually are falling into traps, are continually in turmoil, etc. Over, and over, and over, and over.. The same garbage, different day, different week, different month.. The same patterns.. “Ya, life is great! Another bandaid to feel all warm and fuzzy about life!” … 2 wks later.. “Wah, life sucks. I must get out of this. I must figure this all out on my own. I’ll do ___ and all will be great!” A roller coaster.. Seeking out purpose, answers, etc. but their eyes are looking everywhere but up..

We deceive ourselves. We try to fix things, only to fall again. It just keeps going and going and going. Then we say, “I love Jesus!” I say prove it.. don’t just say it! Show our faith by what we do.. Faith without works is DEAD.  Prove it to ourselves.. are we in the Lord or not? Just because we say we are doesn’t make it true.

This isn’t a game.. This is serious business.. Who do we serve? Remember believer? Words bounce off.. they cannot hurt us? I’m rubber & you’re glue.. Sticks & stones? Things hit our eyes/ears, then they can trigger one realm of thought – as the world teaches, or another realm – as God teaches. Choose the world, get the things of the world (stress, worry, depression, hurts, pains, anxiety, etc). Choose God, get the things of God (peace, contentment, joy, etc). It’s that simple. Who do we serve?

Philippians 2:12-13 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Satan, stand down in the name of Jesus!!! Man, I’m on fire and feel the need to go pound some principalities of darkness back into the pits of hell. Please join me in praying for the lost, backsliders, the deceived, believers, and for Israel. In the name of Righteousness and Truth! Jesus! Amen.

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Posted by J - 04/05/2011 at 5:14 PM

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Testimony of Words

A quick word to the wise before I share this Testimony of Words –

It takes spiritual discernment in order to determine if something of this world is a sign from God or not. Our selfish view can deceive us into seeing something as from God only because we had a desire to see such a thing in the first place. If we can discern the words in our head and can recognize our selfish desires, then we will know when we are hearing from God or if we’re hearing the thing we want to hear. If we cannot recognize this, then I urge you, please be standoffish on anything that you may think is from God.. pray on it and ask for a confirmation.

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Posted by J - 03/14/2011 at 6:13 PM

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Light Shining Testimony

Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

I find it hard sometimes to write these testimonies because when they happen, they are very humbling. This testimony in particular, it’s about the light shining, so that God may be glorified. I gotta get it posted while it is fresh. Lord, I pray this blesses you and may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In your name, amen.

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Posted by J - 03/10/2011 at 10:53 PM

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