Not too late! Go and be heard!
Not too late! Go and be heard!
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First thing I want to say is that I am a father of two grown women. I have told my daughters to reach for the stars. That they can do anything that they put their mind to, with God’s help.
- With the Elections coming, I want to make sure that people vote morally or with their morals and not a specific loyalty to one party or the other,
- To Fast & Pray on Monday November 5th
- For God’s Divine intervention & Wisdom
I very rarely watch live television anymore because the debacle of our nation is shown like a laser pointing directly at our culture’s demise. I’m not going to talk about whether Justice Kavanaugh is guilty or not. That drum has been beaten to the pulp. But I will talk about what I am seeing in this country. The division is real, and it will set women’s rights back a few steps with the way women are treating other women.
The Kavanaugh hearings were too unbearable. Don’t get me wrong, I have very thick skin.
- Yet, I found myself hurting for the little girls that came into the courtroom on that early September day where the welcoming of the now Justice Kavanaugh and his family was interrupted fourteen times before the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa), could say welcome!
Then to top this off, we see the faces of these little girls whose smiles begin to fade as they see the nastiness of the so-called “educated people” and “leadership” of the opposing party. Right from the beginning these civic leaders and their followers just went haywire against the Kavanaugh family. I had only seen this kind of hate when I was younger and moved in where we were the only Hispanic family in our town at that time.
I mention their followers above, because it’s almost a cult-like feel to the crowd screaming in unison, with an emotional high and low note going from buzzing to screeching, almost as if an invisible dark force is orchestrating their movements and tones.
- These trance like zombi-ish screaming interruptions continued on as the chairman was trying to bring order. I had to turn off the monitor when I saw the security team dash the poor girls away from all the commotion.
The disruption of those calling for women to unite against this confirmation hearing because it would violate women’s right to choose had gone extremely awry. These protesters were filled with such hate, that they spewed out what they thought was their right to do and didn’t care who got in the way.
- I stopped to just say a quick prayer for these young future female voters.
- I prayed that God would take away what they had just witnessed, or at least make their memory of what was supposed to be a glorious and proud day for them, seeing their daddy do what very few people in history had done…
But it was not to be. I don’t have to explain how catastrophic the confirmation hearings were. This is not a bump on the road in our history. This is a consolidated, specific, and intentional scheme for this country’s demise. I won’t get into who I believe is behind all these perfectly, well thought out protests, that’s for another post.
I will ask every person reading this to ask themselves the following:
If you agree that killing any unborn human being is wrong, please go and vote on your morals and not your Political Party.
Some people say, “When you do an act of kindness, it’s good Karma!” If someone does something horrible, then you hear, “Wait until his Karma catches up to him!”
We’ve all heard of people saying there’s Karma in every action we take. The definition of this Buddhist and Hindu belief is that a person’s actions in this life or previous existence is a deciding factor in where a person will end up in the next life.
- Although I don’t agree on the belief of a previous life or recycling into the next, I do believe that a person’s action will, in fact, be the deciding factor of where they spend eternity. You notice I said action and not actions?
The Word of God makes it indisputable in Hebrews chapter 29 verse 27 that it is appointed for a person to die once and then God’s judgment will be passed.
Here’s where the total opposite belief of what Karma is, comes in:
As human beings, we can never obtain a perfect balance for our next life on our own. We are never going to be good enough to achieve perfection. Only God, the Creator of the universe is perfect.
He is the only One that can judge us by His standards. And through the eternal measures of the heavens, we always fall short.
Here is where we have the chance to make destiny ours. We can, in fact, receive perfection. But here’s the catch, it’s not by our own actions.
It is by the time action that Jesus the Savior of the world, who is also the Son of God in the Trinity. He came and lived a perfect life. We can’t fathom this because we can’t live this kind of perfect life.
Some like the Buddha, Francis of Assisi, and Mother Theresa of Calcutta, tried their best to lead good lives. Notice I said good and not perfect?
They through their own actions could never be good enough for their efforts to cancel out their sins.
All people have sinned and are in need of saving grace that is only given through Jesus. All people including Buddha, Mother Theresa, and all the other “beatified” human beings who have passed from this life into the next have died and were buried. None came back to life, except One.
People’s actions will not be good enough for them to enter into God’s heavenly Kingdom on their own accord. Before you tell me that this is extremely harsh to say, I am not the one saying it. The Word of God is clear on this. I wish I could say otherwise but then I would be making myself God and trust me, I am and will always fall short on that measure.
Instead of getting angry or depressed because you realized that you can’t make it into heaven on your own, why not ask the One that can help you. He is the only One that has died, been buried and risen from the dead. His name is Jesus the One they called the Carpenter, The Nazarene, The Way, the Truth, and The Life.
No human being is righteous in God’s eyes:
Jesus is sinless:
Christ came to save us:
He is the Only One that can save us:
Ask Him to be your Savior:
Welcome to the Family of God:
Got more questions?:
—Rafaw— YHWH —Yashaw—Yashaw —Tehillah—
The above five simple words come from Jeremiah 17:14.
Heal Yahweh, save, saved, praise
— Jeremiah spoke these words when Israel was going to be decimated.
— I want to encourage you today. Whatever calamity you’re going through. Whatever dark and deep valley you’re stuck in, remember, the God who created all things, the One who calls us by our names, He is here! Still reigning and still in control of all things.
So if you are feeling down, or see nowhere to hide, call out to the only One who can help your situation.
—Healer, LORD, save, let me be saved. I will praise You!—
—Call out to Him today! Let Him take your calamities and let Him part the deep storm you’re treading in.
Heal LORD, save! You have saved us, and we praise You!
Timeline of Jeremiah
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“Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
” The Book Of Proverbs— Chapter 1 verses 1-3 NLT
Wisdom of the world or God’s wisdom.
Kids, I want to let you know what happens when God is with you and you have found favor with God. No, there isn’t anything you could do about this. You see, God loves us so much, that He calls out to us even before we understand that it is He who is calling out to us.
- Poppa did not always have Godly wisdom. He grew to know who God was at a young age but still did not learn enough to understand the purpose of His teaching…
I grew up in a neighborhood with different ethnicities. I hung out with everyone and quickly realized there was a difference in the way kids acted. I learned that certain neighborhood kids were feared, and looking for trouble. Those were the kids that would be in my life for a few years. I did not pick them, they somehow picked me. Yet, I knew, hanging out with them was not a good thing.
- No one had to tell me this. A still small voice kept whispering in my thick-headed brain that this was not the way that I needed to go.
Back then, I had a choice, to talk to everyone or just the kids who wanted me in their gang. I chose to talk to everyone but hang out with the gang kids. To me, they weren’t gang members but kids in school and close to the neighborhood who played in the same park I did, were coached by the same coaches I was, and had the same skin color I had. So when they needed my help, I was there for them.
I won’t tell you the details of those times, because they are not important. What I do know is that by the grace and protection of God, I am still alive. A few of those neighborhood kids ended up dying too early, not by choice.
God had put Godly families in my life to pull me away from the kids I would call friends for a bit.
- God knew better than me and knew that I would need extra instruction and discipline in choosing the right kind of wisdom.
Yet throughout all the years that I hung out with the wrong group of people, God was working in my life, instilling His wisdom and not the wisdom of the kids I hung out with.
- You see, there is a big difference in being street-smart and God-smart.
— Street-smart is the way of the world. You are never too young for me to instruct you in what the differences are. Street-smart is what you think is right in your own mind. It draws you in, promising you fake stuff in order for you to get drawn into a life that little by little, turns down that still small voice of right and wrong, until you hear another voice. The voice that tells you lies and only gives you advice that makes you think you are smarter than everyone else. That voice will tell you to do things that are not right until you give into this “other voice” and do the things you know are wrong to do. You will know the street-smart voice because you will not be able to sleep at night. You will not be able to feel a peace. The peace that you once had will no longer be there. You will start lying to your parents when they ask you how your day was. The nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach will be a sign that you are listening to the street-smart voice and not God’s wisdom.
— Godly wisdom is the opposite of street-smart wisdom. It makes you stop hearing yourself and start depending on God’s instructions.
- Godly wisdom brings you peace, it will encourage, uplifted and make you hopeful.
Hopeful that with God, you can conquer anything you set out to do. Why do I know this? Because with God all things are possible.
You can read about Godly wisdom in the Bible. Start in the Book of Proverbs. Read one verse a day to start. Then when you are away from your parents and get into a situation where you here the peaceful small voice whispering out to you, ask yourself what Proverbs says. Remember to ask your self these three things:
1. Is what I am about to do the right thing to do?
2. Is this the just (Fair) thing to do?
3. Are the consequences worth doing this?
The short version—Is what I am about to do a right and good thing to do? Or will I be in trouble for doing it? What does God say about this? Will Poppa give me the look?
I’ll explain more next….
There’s a story of the kid who kept raising eggs for them to hatch. His dad was a fourth generation farmer and told his son not to crack the eggs to help the baby chicks, since they would have to do all the work themselves in order to come out healthy.
- This little boy had a huge heart and wanted his baby chicks to have an easier time going through the process of hatching.
He would see the cracking of the eggs and then start cracking the eggs more. The more he did this, the more the baby chicks were dying on him. After a few months of this, and with the last couple of chicks dying on him, he ran back to his house and cried himself to sleep.
His dad went in to talk to him and asked what was wrong. The little boy told the dad what he would do for the baby chicks.
- The dad reminded him of what he had told his son months prior, “Son, by helping the baby chickens come out of their shells, you are hurting them. You see, the babies have to crack through their eggshells on their own. God has made the process automatic for them. Their instinct is to fight to get out and to know when to get out. When they are ready, they will come out without anyone’s help. If you try to help them, it may cause some damage to their system, and they may bleed to death. Listen, son, God has the little ones covered under His protection. Why don’t you let God do the final work and allow the chicks to fight for themselves?”
The boy didn’t believe any of what the dad was saying. He couldn’t understand all of the logic, but his heart was too broken not to listen.
A month or so later, the boy saw the cracking of the eggs, with his dad’s big ol’ arms around his shoulders. The boy looked up and walked away, checking every once in a while to make sure the process was indeed happening. This boy was so nervous, thinking the worst, but having faith that God would help the baby chicks.
A little over half a day went by when the boy started seeing the chicks breaking through their eggshells. One by one started chirping away. Sunset had set in, and the last egg was finally broken through. All the baby chicks had hatched and were in excellent health…
Parents, if you genuinely believe in God, don’t break your kid’s eggshells. Don’t do the work for them. Let them crack through their battle in life so they can break through without your help. How, you ask? Let them go out to experience what rent, car payments, and budgeting are all about.
Or do you want them in their eggshell for the rest of their lives?
I have always taught that kids need the tough breaks and obstacles for them to:
Let them scrape a knee, break a bone, get some scars mentally and spiritually.
Don’t be like the farmer’s boy who tried to help the baby chicks breakthrough the egg shells.
- Are we parents rescuing our adult kids so much that we have killed their dependency on what God has for lives?
- Are we like that boy, breaking the eggshells of our children’s lives and short-changing the fight within them?
- Are we short-changing battles that will make them get stronger mentally and spiritually by depending on God and not mommy or daddy to bail them out?
There’s a story I have heard about a man who kept acquiring wealth…
He would stop at nothing to get more money into his bank and investment account. He was outstanding at buying something and selling it for three times it’s worth.
He came from a humble background growing up…
He married in his late thirties because he didn’t want his children going through tough times like he did. He worked hard during his twenties and very rarely socialized. Everyone knew him as the guy who would someday “make it” in life. But no one really knew him well enough to invite him anywhere.
He met a woman while doing business out-of-town. This woman quickly realized that she could live a life of luxury with this man. He was too busy to recognize that she was paying attention to him for his money. They married and had kids. He was too busy making money, and she was happy that he was not around since he always complained about her spending too much money on things she didn’t need. Years passed by, he would lavish her with expensive luxuries and vacations anywhere she wanted. As time went by, the more he was out, the more she would live her life on her own. His kids enjoyed the fine things that their father was providing.
Yet, he was a stranger to them. Soon, the kids went on to college. The wife was left alone and realized that she could do whatever she wanted. She was lonely and soon found someone else. After the divorce, the man became angry and made a vow never to marry. He continued working ungodly hours and hoarding more of his wealth. Time passed, kids got married and had their own children. They would invite him to all the important life events, he always had an excuse why he couldn’t go.
While working late at night, he grabbed his heart, it was excruciatingly painful. He reached for the phone and all he could tell the emergency operator was that he was having a heart attack. After a week in the hospital, he woke up, with no none at his bedside. There were tons of flowers and notes all over his hospital room from all his business clients and customers, but not one form any of his family members. Dejected, the man’s heart was broken. He died with no one at his side…
It has been said that a person is defined by the possessions he or she attains in this life. That the material wealth or things that a person has at the end is what determines their whether they have made it in life or not.
Are material things important? Only to sustain and protect a person. We all need housing, food, clothes and have necessities. We also need emergency funds just in case there is ever a life emergency like you lose your job or have a health issue that keeps you away from making money. But aside from this, the rest of what we call necessities are more of luxuries.
Make sure that the most valuable things in your life don’t grow up too soon and walk away from you. Make sure that the precious person whom you have promised to cherish in sickness and in health is still that, the beloved person who you said you wanted to spend the rest of your life with. Time comes and time goes…fast! Enjoy the journey.
Don’t get caught up in the stuff that doesn’t matter. Get caught up in the attention that you give to others. Especially your loved ones. They are the most cherished and valuable possessions a person has, Not the material stuff you can’t take with you. Leave your spouse and children a legacy of working hard, playing hard, enjoying hard, praying hard and worshipping God hard. All the rest is just added expenses… Expenses because at the end, what does it profit a man to have gained the whole world and lose his soul? Or his family?
If you want to have a deeper relationship with God: