The Pit Of Despair

We can find ourselves many times in the pit of despair. Life can bring a huge problems that are beyond our strength and wisdom. You can feel like we have nowhere to turn. We think of those who we know that we might turn to our despair, but we may realize that it’s not going to enough. When we find ourselves in the mire of an unfortunate predicament and there is no one to help pull us out.

We may have made mistakes, unwise decisions, or we have gone in the wrong direction. When we have ended up in the wrong place, I feel like lost sheep, who have wandered off the path that God had for our lives.

We need to be David in the Psalms. We need to remember God and turn to Him. We need to cry out an hour to spare to God, who is waiting to hear our cry. As I read the Psalms, I have come to realize the David of the Bible, has went through every thing we go through in life. I gives me strength that I can go to the book of Psalms and learn how to cry out to God. There is a God in heaven, who is full of compassion and mercy. He hears and answers our prayers. God never changes and He always puts my on solid ground. It’s not God‘s, will that we slip into a pit and remain there. He comes to steady us as we walk through this life. He will rescue us, and deliver us, and becomes our hope for living.

God has helped me out of the pit of despair and confusion. I am no longer hopeless because God gives me hope. He has given me a new direction.

He strengthens us to do his will. His Words will be in our hearts and will sanctifies us, removing the old and bringing in the new. Through the grace of God our lives will not longer feel empty. We will search no more for worldly things to fill the hole inside of us.

“Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol. You have kept me alive that I should not go down to the pit.” – Psalm 30:3

Daily Bible Verse

Psalm 109:28

“Let the curse, but you bless. When they arise, they will be shamed, but my servant shall rejoice.”

It is not our place to condemn another soul, no matter how far into darkness they have sunk. Gods concern calls us to a different task. By consciously blessing your enemies, you become apart of an assault of light against the darkness of this world. There is a great need for the assault, for darkness is great and growing.

My love brings into your life daily gifts. Let the beauty and love you see and experience today outweigh any negative, faithless thoughts.

Planting A Seed

Never underestimate the power of a seed

You cannot force someone to hear your message if they are not ready to hear it. But there is incredible power in planting a small seeds. While, everyone has their right to their own feelings. What they choose to believe and whether they choose growth.

Sometimes a idea, or new way of thinking can take root and flourish- it just takes time.

The creation of a single seed, stays buried in the soil, covered in darkness, without no evidence it was planted. But beneath the surface it can form a root system taking in nutrients and water. You never know whether something greater is growing without calling attention to itself.

Planting seeds in someone is sown by love and living by example. Show people that things can be different in subtle way with love and let them come to their conclusions. Let them be the ones to embrace the seed and grow into something beautiful.

Hindsight Is 20/20

Learn To Disarm Your Inner Critic And End Regret

We all know about our inner critic, that voice that makes you second guess your decisions by saying “your not enough or not good enough. It isn’t as invincible as it seems.

How many times have you made a plan, and gotten swept up in an impulse buy, or extravagant purchase, then lived to regret the decision? There’s a reason for the expression “buyers remorse.” What about all the things you said to love ones in the heat of the moment that you wish you could take back? Did you have relationships in your teens or 20s and later wonder how you could have even gone out with that person? Do you sometimes look at the calendar and regret booking yourself so solid and saying yes to all those projects?

Who haven’t made a decision and later wish they had done something different? It seems to be part of life. It’s bad enough to feel you made the wrong decision. As bad as that is, it’s even worse when your critic doesn’t let you forget you “messed up” because you moved to quickly, taking a job that went bankrupt, but stock and losing your butt, or chose a crazy person to date. How long have your credit being berating you for the decision you made years ago how much unnecessary pain of that caused?

Regret is one of the stickiest places in my own psych. I critic has been quite vocal about all the supposedly incorrect decisions I’ve made in the past, which makes it harder to make a clear decision without fearing the critics wrath. “What if I’m making the wrong choice?” I hear my mind today, in anticipation of an upcoming dilemma.

Is The Critic Ever Right?

You can see the critic has a valid point, given our less-than-lucrative attempts we’ve made in life. The problem, however, is what’s implied in its critique: shame, guilt, and the assessment that you are failure with everything you’ve done. Challenging thing about the critics attacks it is emotional legacy they leave behind no such as fear and paralysis when it comes to making choices, and a sense of inadequacy.

Since the critic always has an unfair advantage of 20/20 vision, it’s easy for it to dole out judgments about past choices regarding money, career, or relationships and any other circumstance in our lives. It’s not hard in hindsight, to say what you should or shouldn’t have done, what would have been a smarter choice regarding a situation.

Hindsight gives us the perspective we just don’t have when, making a decision. And it is pointless, if not downright unfair, to blame ourselves in hindsight. Learning from past errors, is of course necessary. But the blame and shame game is unnecessary and unhelpful.

Sometimes the critic thinks that if it berates us enough, we won’t make the same mistake again. In my experience, this is really true. No matter how much my inner critic judges me for moves I’ve made in the past, it doesn’t help with the next decision. In fact, the critical gauge meant make it more difficult to make a good decision in the future, because they cloud our thinking with fear and hopelessness about the decision making process.

There is no necessarily right or wrong decision. What seems like a good thing at the moment may be a bad thing from another perspective or vice versa.

It is important to remember that we try to do our best when we can with the information and resources at hand. That’s true of every decision we’ve ever made, no matter how bad it turned out to be. If we could have done better, would have done so. It doesn’t help to thrash ourselves for not knowing better, we have to get ourselves the benefit of the doubt. Understand this is very liberating, it frees us from the torment of re-crimination.

You Gotta Let Go

The ability to let go help as migrate the force of the critic, which, like other aspects of the ego, wants and need’s control. The inner critic believes if it can control things, it can manage to situations so we get what we need and avoid what is threatening. However, there are far too many factors outside of our control, you know, for sure which way our circumstances will go. If we all had a crystal ball, we could make better choices, but we don’t have that luxury.

Instead of life, demand that we put our stake in the ground, make our choice, and do our best to meet whatever actually happens. Of course, we would like a particular outcome, but we don’t need to chastise ourselves when things don’t go our way. Ideally, we practice letting go of trying to control experiences, situations, and people because we realize that is never really possible anyway. We have to crush that we made the best decision we could at the time, we see what happens, and we learn. And if necessary, we let go.

It’s important to stress that regrets result from 20/20 hindsight are not easy to be with. They are unpleasant, and made worse by our aversion to both the feeling and memory that triggers it. The experience is felt as a heaviness in the body. In the mind, we may feel it as fogginess or torrent of self judging thoughts. Emotionally we may notice it as a contraction of the heart.

The challenge, with a difficult experience, like regret, is to have the courage to pay attention close to it and feel itm without the additional layer of self-reproach. When we can get to the root of regret, and separate the critic from the experience, we fully learn from our actions. Then we can have genuine remorse, where we see the error of our ways and form, and intention not to go down the same road again.

This brings freedom that is not dragged down by the burden of chastising ourselves.

Daily Bible Verse

Psalm 6

Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger, neither discipline me in you wrath.

Have mercy on me. Lord, for I am faint Lord, heal me, or my bones are troubled

My soul is in great anguish. But you, Lord -how long?

Return, Lord. Deliver my soul, and save me all your loving kindness sake.

War and death there is no memory of you. In Sheol, who will give you thanks?

I am wary with my groaning. Every night I thought my bed. I flood my couch with my tears.

My eye wastes away because of grief. It grows old because of all my adversaries.

Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity, for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.

The Lord heard my supplication. The Lord accepts my prayer.

May all my enemy be ashamed and dismayed. They shall turn back, they shall be disgraced suddenly.

Psalm 6 is a battle for sickness and infirmity from a spiritual perspective. We must acknowledge that if sin or demon spirits are at the root of the problem. Only God’s mercy as the basis for faith will bring the healing.

Getting God involved requires that we pursue Him. Praying for mercy to bring power to save us.

Hiding The Truth In Plain Sight – Understanding God’s Methods

Why is the Bible so hard to understand?

Have you ever tried to read the Bible, after a few pages you are confused and frustrated. In my younger years, I tried to read the Bible and thought ‘There’s no way I can do this.”

Many people can certainly understand when reading and studying the Bible it is evident that everything that is presented in the Bible, is not always clearly self-evident. Everything in the Bible is not understood not easily understood using natural human reasoning or logic.

The Bible contains many outstanding truths, even though the Body of Christ hasn’t been able to, and many agree on a lot of them. It is a challenge to understand what people face when reading the Bible.

Based on a number of Christian denominations in the world you can see God has chosen to conceal Himself not only from the people in the world, but He has also chosen to hide Himself in His Word to give to His church, the opportunity to search for Him and discover Him. By searching for the truth we come to know Him who is the Truth (John 14:6).

We can conclude that God, if He wanted to remain a mystery forever and keep people in the dark all that He would have to do is stay silent and not speak to us. Clearly we see by the Bible along He has not chosen to do that. Also we must remember that biblical times are much different and the language or sight was not given to the scribes in the Bible. How would you describe nuclear weapons 2000 years ago.

For example let’s look at Proverbs 1:23: “Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words to you.

To make something known implies something was first hidden from plain view. To make God’s Word known implies that what we read in the Bible we need God’s help to understand it. There is a unveiling process in this act. There is an intentional act of uncovering. To reveal what was hidden.

The Bible is God’s Words written down by chosen men. These words are not encrypted in a modern coded system of unreadable text. Yet these words according to the Bible must be revealed in order to be understood.

And for me, the utterance may be given unto m, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.

Ephesians 6:19

In Ephesians we are told that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was a mystery. Even Jesus confirmed this reality when He told the Jews to search the scriptures because these were words that testified about Him ( John 5:39). If they had to search to find Jesus it is very clear that Jesus was hidden in the words that were written in the Old Testament. As we have seen the Jews did not understand the scriptures and did not embrace the Gospel of Jesus. Paul and the other apostles used the Old Testament as the basis for their message, very few of the Jewish leadership understood it. So was it hidden from them only? Or did they choose not to see it?

Now to him that is of power to Stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.

Romans 16:25

In this letter to the church, God declares that which was being preached came as a result of revelation being given. A revelation is a revealing of that which in their language, but they did not see it or perceive it. Why is that so important to understand?

Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

Here’s a Old Testament reference that describes the nature and character of God. This verse declares that it is to God’s glory to conceal or hide information. But in the same sentence it also declares the ‘kings”are intended to search it out. Who is are these ‘kings’ that Jesus is King of? Who are the kings that need to do this searching for the hidden information? I believe that these kings (queens) are us.

There are a number of reasons that I believe God has hidden information in the Bible. One reason, if you can see all the information from His enemies. Another reason is to give a man a choice, and what they believe. Still another reason for hiding information is to allow God to reveal the information at the right time to the right people. There are certainly other reasons for God doing this, but no long as you can see, and understand that he has done it, you will at least be far ahead of a lot more believers in the world. Do not understand this.

So knowing God has control, spiritual truths within His Word, we should be smart enough to recognize some of the techniques that God used to hide these truths. I called is concealing or hiding the truth in plain view. Every word in the Bible is clearly readable by anyone that picks the book up, but every word is also equally hard to understand because of the methods and techniques that God has selected to record His words in a book format. It is much like a game of hide and seek for everyone that you were looking for, is out in the open in Pine view, but many of them are in camouflage and have blended into their surroundings so you don’t see them clearly. They are right in front of you, yet you walk right by them.

So what is with the Bible, just because you can see all of the words and read them, it is clear to me, that we need to follow some very strict rules in order to understand what they say, correctly. Satan can read the same words that weekend, and he didn’t understand them, and he is getting everything hour to make sure that we don’t understand them either. It certainly would have understood what was written, he would not have crucified Jesus.

In reading Proverbs 25:2, it reveals to us one of God’s intentions and purposes for giving us the Bible. this verse specifically informed us that it is God‘s glory to conceal information. Is he real word translated as “conceal” means to keep secret, or to hide from plain view. When you can sell something that means it is not clearly visible or self apparent. The military often times, camouflages themselves and their equipment to conceal them to cause themselves not to be seen by the enemy. If a government in our world wanted to conceal information from our enemies, they would probably would created a code on encryption system that would in effect make message unreadable to others. (Like the Navajo code talkers). This way, the encoded message is only readable is the intended person to whom the messages sent using the decryption method and the key that would unlock the true meaning.

To me, Bible codes are just an additional proof that God exists and He was written something for us. Those who don’t believe inGod, it is a sign that someday they will understand.

God Will Not Be Mocked

Don’t be deceived. God will not be mocked, for whatever a man sow, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. -Galatians 6:7-8.

So, what constitutes mocking God:

There are two-main ways we mock God. Surprisingly, this can happen whether you are sowing to the sinful nature or the Spirit.

1. Believing You Will Get Away With It

This applies if you are sowing to the sinful nature. Eventually, you will reap the reward of your ways. Thinking or believing you will escape, get away with it, or not face consequences sneers or looks at God justice with contempt. When you think or feel this way you act actually mocking God.

2. Believing God Will Not Reward You

This applies when you are sowing to the Spirit. We often don’t think of mocking in regards to righteousness but it can happen. If you are sowing to the Spirit but believe that God will not reward you for your right living, you are in essence mocking God.

How Can We Be Sure We Don’t Do It

The best way to know that you are not mocking God is to simply take Him at His word. You should take to heart what God said knowing He will do it. Your confidence and trust in His word will keep you from treating what God has said with contempt.

What’s The Best Course Of Action; I think Paul Said It Best,

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Galatians 6:9-10

The Valley’s

Even When we stuck in the valley places God will bless you. When we go through the valley of fear and trouble, lift up your eyes to God, and He will bless you.

God will meet you in the valley, and give you a doorway to hope. A fountain of living water will flow from heaven and bring forth new life.

God Will strengthen your weak hands and you will stand with renewed strength-God will save you. Water will come forth in the wilderness and streams from your desert.

Your valleys will be blessed in Jesus Name.

Struggle And Hardship

What Can It Teach You

When we are faced with difficulties in life, our natural reaction is to get as far as we can away from it. Years of evolution has wired our brain to seek comfort of the familiar, easy things and avoid all the discomfort that comes along with new and challenging experiences.

When we experience fear, whether it is physical or psychological our limbic system (responsible for dealing with emotions) is triggered before the reasoning part of our brains are, which triggers a fight or flight response which makes is act before we start thinking.

While, subconscious reactions are necessary for our survival, they can also be impeding when there’s no actual danger or when a situation calls for an appropriate response rather than a spontaneous reaction.

Emotions can teach us many things about ourselves, but we should never allow them to take control over our situations. Don’t let hasty decisions such as anger take you over. And this may cause meaningful relationships to suffer.

While avoiding struggles is a natural response, struggling can teach us many valuable lessons. Struggle builds character, and us stronger which enables us to grow in all aspects of our lives.

No one wakes up in the morning planning to struggle, but when it happens, pay attention to the lesson the struggle is trying to teach you. It may lead to a valuable lesson.

Living In The Times Of Apostasy

Apostasy is essentially a falling away, withdrawal, or abandonment of Christianity. Apostasy is seen as a withdrawal from faith and trust in God.

Although it is not found in the English versions of the Bible, the translation of the term is used twice in the New Testament in the Greek original, to expressed abandonment of faith.

An apostle Paul was falsely accused of teaching, the Jewish people apostasy from Moses in Acts 21:21. He also predicted the great apostasy from Christianity, foretold, by Jesus in Matthew 24:10-12 which would precede “ The day of the Lord” in 2 Thessalonians 2;2.

You’ve probably heard recent examples of prominent authors, band leaders, and Christian philosophers, leaving the faith. So what does apostasy mean for us.

The definition of apostasy includes two senses of the term:

1. An act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognize religious faith.

2. The abandonment of previous royalty: Defection

Now that we have the worldly definition, let’s look at the biblical definition.

The Bible meaning of apostasy.

Before we look into this question, whether people were believers on the start or fail, we were never believers to begin with we have to highlight some verses that describe the act of apostasy.

John 6: 60-66 shows many disciples leaving Jesus after they cannot detest some of His more difficult teachings. This was before the Holy Spirit dwelled in believers.

Galatians 1:6 describes believers who are eagerly, abandoning Christ, and their faith.

1 Timothy 4:1 says many will fall away in the end times, going after the teachings of demons.

2 Peter 3:17 warns us to stay on guard against wall seeking that can cause us to fall away from our faith.

In these verses, relearn apostasy has always been a problem within the Kirk, and will continue to be an issue into the end days.

There are plenty of examples in the Bible of people who appear to be saved, who eventually walked away from the faith. This does not mean they could never return to it.

Always Saved – vs – Never Saved

This article cannot cover the debate of this, not even close. This debate struggles with the question, “ If a believer falls away, were they a believer to begin with?” Were they saved or either lost their salvation or lost their way for a brief time? Or were they never Christians to begin with.

Both sides of the argument have scriptural support.

Hebrews 6:4-6 May indicate that if a person falls away from Christianity, committing apostasy, they may lose their salvation.

Others point to 2 Timothy 2:13 seems to indicate that God is still faithful, even when we are faithless.

So, what is belief versus saving belief? Even the demons believe, but that does not save them (James 2:19). Theologians often will point to the differences in belief in the heart and the head. Showing a cognitively in Jesus isn’t enough, it requires a different kind of belief.

Part of what apostasy mission from is a lack of deep kind of belief, only having a surface level kind of faith, there is an example of this, in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:1-23). That’s why many Christians where are you go to leave the faith never had a true faith to begin with.

But that does bring up difficulty with Christian, who appear to be very strong leaders in the faith. Did they truly have no real faith or are we just missing something.

Scripture makes it clear we need to study the Word without ceasing, so as not to be swayed from kicking that could pause away from our faith.

Here are a few ways you can detect someone who is falling away:

  • They will question scripture, or pervert the truth to fit an agenda
  • They live a life counter to the ideals, set place for Christianity
  • They’re often marked by pride, flattery, cause division, and are more focused on things of this world than things from above.

Although we may have spiritual mentors and teachers, who guide us in the faith, we have to remember that salvation comes from God alone. Many walk far away in the end times, including some people who we believe who is strong Christians have great faith.

Here are some Bible verses about Apostasy if you would like to learn more about this.

  • 1 Timothy 4:1
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:3
  • 2 Peter 2:20-22
  • Hebrews 3:12
  • hebrews 6:4-8
  • 2 Peter 3:17
  • Luke 8:13
  • Galatians 1:8-9

Choices You Will Regret Forever -Don’t Make These Mistakes

I heard from a old friend today, she’s been in therapy struggling with a nasty divorce. When she called she told me her therapist wanted her to write her own obituary. I was like huh? Really? I never heard of anything like that before.

So, of course I was curious and had to go read about it. Writing your own obituary is supposed to make you realize that life is fragile and the decisions we make can play a huge roll in our life.

I started thinking about the choices I had made in my life. Which ones I’m glad I made and which ones I’ve regretted for years. While we’re not supposed to focus on our regrets. We learn from them, and maybe we can help someone around us not make the same choices.

Here are few I will share:

  • Not Staying In Touch With Friends And Family

We can get so caught up in our weekly routine, that we don’t make time for people in our lives that matter the most. With the craziness of traffic, our immediate family and our jobs to forget what’s important to our hearts.

The monotony of life can make it so easy to lose touch with old friends and family members that live far away, if we don make an intentional point to keep in touch we can find it will be to late when we try.

My last living aunt passed away last year. I used to try and call her every few weeks. But as the weeks went by I just kept putting it off “I’ll do it tomorrow,” but tomorrow never came. She passed away in her sleep. I still beat myself up about not taking a few minutes to call her more often.

Sometimes it breaks the monotony to call or visit someone that we haven’t taken the time to reconnect with. Close family and friends bring us energy. We shouldn’t let location or time get in the way of the people who matter to us.

  • Not Letting Yourself Be Happy

Let me ask you… are you happy with your life? I’m not asking if it perfect (perfect doesn’t exist) but are you happy?

People get so caught up in success and money that happiness sometimes goes out the window. When we are at the end of our lives, I’m sure we won’t think about the difficult times as much as the good times.

Find 3 things in your life that will generate instant happiness to avoid this regret. Whether it’s playing with the dog, being involved in a group sport team, talking to that “one” person on the phone.

Find the little things that make you happy, don’t wait for the big ones or they might not ever come. Little things can give you a lot of happiness.

  • Working Too Many Hours

I’m sure everyone can relate to this regret. Working hard isa great way to impact the world but often times people take it to extremes. Often times working to much can damage your health, your relationships or quality of life.

Don’t get so obsessed with money that you forget about the people and moments that mean the most to you. It’s important to find a balance.

  • Not Expressing Your True Feelings

If you’re feeling something communicate it to the people around you that need to hear it. I spend so many years holding my feelings inside because I did want to hurt others, but in turn I ended up hurting myself. Don’t brew over feelings, get them out in the open. It won’t always be easy but it will be worth it.

  • Not Living A Life True To Yourself

So many people end up living a life that isn’t true to themselves. Don’t base yourself on the version everyone else thinks you should be. Be yourself who cares what other people think. If you’re not your true self, you will be the only one suffering. Who cares what other people think. The right people will stick around.

Listen to your inner voice. Don’t follow others, become the leader of your own life. Be proud of the life you are living.

Figure out what you want your life to align with and plan your activities around it. Life is way too short to try and impress others.

Start living a life that you will be happy and proud to live.

Spiritual Blindness

Life can be seen as a rich and exciting adventure, but where we’re headed on the journey depends on our spiritual sight. Having vision in the physical real. Is what many people associate with the word “sight,” but spiritual vision is on a completely different level. Most people drift along not even aware that they are spiritually blind, which is a tragedy.

Spiritual blindness is a lack of understanding what Jesus made available to all of us by faith. We will never have that kind of knowledge until we are born again, but even born-again believers can remain blind without constantly studying and meditating on the Word of God. Jesus is the only One who can open our blind eyes, and through His grace He gives us spiritual insight.

Have you ever wondered “Why don’t they see what’s right in plain view?” Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but one who keeps the Bible is blessed.” Insight from God gives us the spiritual discernment and wisdom to realize that there is no way we can always make the right call in every sit on our own, we need guidance from the Holy Spirit to do that.

The world doesn’t know God, and therefore has no such discernment to make wise decisions. The level of a person’s spiritual knowledge determines how they respond to situations, and most people respond to the moment rather than by faith. Failing to believe in the power of what Jesus did through His death and resurrection keeps us spiritually blind.

People who refuse to believe in God have been blinded. They are unable to see the light of the Good News. John 12:40 says, “He blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and be converted and I heal them. In other words unless people open their hearts, they will remain spiritually blind.

In order to receive the spiritual vision people must move away from performance- based religion. The majority of churches teach the “do good, get good” philosophy. The majority of churches rely on performance preaching, lights, music, and entertainment to get people to come to enter churches. It’s about the quantity and how much money they can get out of the people. It’s not about God. Many preachers have a “I will tell them what they want to hear and they will keep coming back attitude. We have preacher who keep people spiritually blinded. That is not who God or His Word is.

Spiritual insight from God keeps us from blundering along making bad decisions that aren’t in our best interest. Look at the mess society is in today. God is the only one who had our best interests at heart.

We have to be careful to not let our pride get in the way of asking Him for help. When we insist on choosing our own path in life, we can end up in a place we don’t want to be.

Proverbs 14:12 (NIV), says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Jesus opens our eyes of our spiritual understanding, removes the veil of ignorance from our minds, and allows us to see things invisible on the physical level.

Seeing Jesus for who He is, instead of who the world says He is, takes life to a whole new level.