Be Encouraged Older Saints of God; God Is Not Finished with Us Yet.


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This morning I had a wonderful quiet time with Jesus.  After prayer and intercession, and after putting the final touches upon the Sunday school lesson that I will be teaching on Sunday, I asked God for something personal.   I asked Him for a word from Him for me.  Although I know that He and He alone holds my future, I wanted something from the Scriptures that I could hold throughout this day.  The passage of Scripture that He took me to was Psalms 71: 17-20.  Not only does this word have enough “juice” in it to carry me through this day, but it is powerful enough to carry me for the rest of my natural life.  In addition, God encouraged me to encourage others with this scripture.  Let’s look at the Scripture that God gave me.

Psalms 71:17-20 (KJV) 17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. 18 Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. 19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee! 20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

My first reaction was OMG! David must have made the same request of God that I did, because this first verse uses words that describe my life experiences with God.

 17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

As I look back over my life I can clearly see God’s handiwork.  Even in the midst of extreme poverty, a racially prejudiced society and being raised by grandparents, God taught me from my youth many of the things that I live by today.  And, in my latter years, I have declared the wondrous works of God to the best of my ability.  In spite of the three little books that I have written; a blog that extols the goodness of God that has been viewed by at least one person in 98 of the 196 countries on earth; a podcast that preaches the gospel of deliverance; and a 47 year career of service to my fellow man as a nurse, I know that there has to be more that I can do for my Lord.

The Bible says in Luke 12:48 (KJV) 48 … For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:

It is certainly true that God has been good to me.  You have to know my story to understand my praise.  Only those who know where He brought me from can understand how much I love Him.  They alone realize why it is my cry to God to Use me O God in your service! And now I see that David, in the 18th verse of Ps. 71 cried the same thing when he said:

18 Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

Some of the quotes about old age from Wikipedia include the following:

Old age comprises the later part of life; the period of life after youth and middle age… In the 4th century BC, Plato divided the human lifespan into six phases, the last two constituting ‘Old Age’ (the ages of 62-79) and ‘Advanced Age’ (80-)…Hair usually becomes thinner and grayer…Pain afflicts old people at least 25% of the time, increasing with age up to 80% for those in nursing homes…Diminished eyesight makes it more difficult to read in low lighting and in smaller print. Speed with which an individual reads and the ability to locate objects may also be impaired.

Considering these and other definitions of what comprises old age the picture could be considered bleak if we focus on the negative side of the story.  But we must also consider the fact that not everyone is blessed to attain to the state of old age.  If we reach it then we should be praising God.  Based on my years on planet Earth I certainly qualify to be a member of this category, grey hair, pain and all.  But I, like David, ask God to:

  1. Not forsake me.
  2. To allow me to show God’s strength to his current generation and
  3. To allow me to show God’s power to everyone that is to come.

God spoke to me some years ago and said that He had given me an “end time ministry”.  Later He clarified His words to mean that I would have a ministry at the end of time, at the end of their time (meaning a ministry to the elderly, the sick, the dying and to others who are close to the end of their time on earth) and the end of my time (meaning my latter years).  So now that I am officially of old age I cry out to God that the time of my ministry has come and I humbly bow to His perfect will for the rest of my life.

I pray that You, O Mighty and Holy God, will use this vessel of clay for Your glory and Your honor.  Have thine own way in my life O God, for there is none other like You!  I look not at the few things that have been accomplished, but ask that in spite of my old age that You will be glorified through me.  I want to be able to show your strength to this current generation, as well as to those who are to come. 

As I was seeking God, He dropped into my spirit that these things are accomplished by sharing God’s word verbally and in writing to this generation and in writing for future generations.  In addition, what I am to do is to encourage those of this generation, particularly my fellow “old age” peers, who have the ability to communicate in writing, to do so.  While this generation needs our testimonies, future generations will need them even more.  These are the words of encouragement that God gave me for my ‘old age” peers:

America, as well as the entire world, is teetering on the precipice of a paradigm shift.  The Cambridge Dictionaries Online defines a paradigm shift as a time when the usual and accepted way of doing or thinking about something changes completely.  In a very few short years our world will look very different than it does today.  The life of freedom and open worship of our God that we who live for God enjoy today will sound like a fairy tale in the near future.  It is our responsibility to share what is real about our lives and our love for God so that it is preserved for our progeny.  They will need the encouragement to live holy that we are able to give them based on the fact that we lived holy.

Saints, writers, teachers, preachers, prophets and prophetesses, we have the precious gift of salvation in our earthen vessels.  Those of us who are living holy hold a precious word that will cause others to live for God and escape the damnation of hell.  Saints of God, when God speaks to you, write it and share it.  That’s what I have done today.  Let’s bless someone else with our experiences in God so that they will know that He is real.  They need to know that He loves them just as He loves us and that they too can go to Heaven when they die.  Then, when old age comes their way they will understand their continued responsibility to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.  When God speaks a word in our ear we must declare it from the rooftop.

Matthew 10:27 (KJV) 27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

When God speaks to his vessels, it may seem very natural because it comes through our spirits and into our natural minds.  It may seem as though “everybody ought to know that”.  But the truth of the matter is, everybody will not know what God has spoken to you.  You must tell them.  God spoke to Habakkuk and told him to write what He said so that the word could be preserved.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 (KJV) 2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

The 20th verse of the Scripture that God gave me this morning states:

20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

God has indeed shown me and many others that great troubles are coming upon the face of the earth soon.  But even if the worse possible events happen to us He will indeed quicken or make us alive again; we who are saved will live with Him forever.  Meanwhile, we must continue to pray so that the hand of the enemy is stayed and one more soul is able to make it in through our ministry.  Older saints, it’s not over until God says it’s over; let’s continue to work for the Lord!

For Every Problem That You Face, God Has the Solution…


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For Every Problem That You Face, God Has the Solution…

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We live in a day and time that is fraught with problems.  A problem, according to Dictionary.com, is any question or matter that involves doubt, uncertainty or difficulty.  It is a  perceived gap between the existing state and a desired state, or a deviation from a norm, standard, or status quo.  It is a gap between what is and how we would like things to be.  Dictionary .com further states that although many problems turn out to have several solutions (the means to close the gap or correct the deviation), difficulties arise where such means are either not obvious or are not immediately available.  In other words, there is an answer to the problem out there, but for some reason you either can’t come up with the answer or you don’t have the means to get to the answer.

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“Lord, I Need a Breakthrough! ”


There are several definitions for the term Breakthrough.   The online dictionary, Yourdictionary.com presents several meanings for this expression.  Some of them are:    overcoming something and having an achievement; the act, result, or place of breaking through against resistance, as in warfare; a strikingly important advance or discovery; an act of overcoming or penetrating an obstacle or restriction; a military offensive that penetrates an enemy’s lines of defense; and a major achievement or success that permits further progress, as in technology.  Several of these definitions are related to the way that the expression is used in Christian circles, but do not quite mean the same thing.  When a Saint says, “Lord, I need a breakthrough” what they are asking for is different than the definitions that are previously presented.

So exactly what is a spiritual breakthrough?  A spiritual breakthrough is a total change in the circumstances surrounding one’s life.  It is a situation in which God’s intervention is required.  The expression, “If God does not do it, it cannot be done” applies here.  The saint is aware that he or she is totally dependent upon God to change their situation.  Whether there is a spiritual door that needs to be opened, an answer from God is needed or a mountain that needs to be moved, God can give you that breakthrough. I’m reminded that the Prophet Daniel, though he was a great man of God, had his answer from God held up by Satan.  Daniel, in the 10th chapter of the Book of Daniel sought God for three weeks.  God dispatched both Gabriel, His messenger angel, as well as Michael, His warrior angel, to make sure that Daniel received his breakthrough.  If you seek Him as you should He will give you your breakthrough, too.

Let’s look at a couple of situations in which a breakthrough was needed.  In both cases God showed Himself mighty and strong in response to the cry of his saints who sought him, asked in faith and believed that a change would come with nothing wavering.

Jeremiah 29:13 (KJV)                                                                                                                                                                                                                      13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Exodus 15:26 (KJV)
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

Scenario 1:  A young man, OLS, experienced the rupture of an aortic aneurysm due to severe high blood pressure.  He had emergency surgery and the aneurysm was successfully repaired.  He did well for several years but was found in the emergency room again with severe unrelenting chest pain.  The diagnosis was even more devastating this time.  The aneurysm had extended further down into his chest area and the surgeon who repaired it the first time was unable to perform the surgery this time.  The location of the aneurysm made it so difficult to reach that it appeared that there was no hope.  But his family was no ordinary group of people.  These were saints of the most High God who knew Him to be a miracle worker.  They cried out to God for a breakthrough!

When the doctor told the family this crushing news they felt the weight of despair, but they refused to believe that there was no hope for the young man.  The doctor then told them that there was only one medical team in the country that would be able to perform the surgery without the outcome of paralysis of his legs and/or death.  The doctor then told them that this top notch surgical team was located in Houston, TX, not New York or California.  Breakthrough #1:  The team was located only 240 miles away and in the very city where the young man’s father, grandparents and many other family members lived.  He had a team of loving, caring and praying family members in Houston!  The family was told that if the Houston team could do the surgery on an emergent basis and if the young man could be transported there without further extension of the aneurysm, it was possible that his life could be saved.  Time was of the essence.  Breakthrough #2 came when the family was told that the surgical team of Dr. Michael deBakey, the doctor who created the surgical technique, would be able to perform the surgery.  The family was then told that the young man needed to be air evacuated to Houston right away but the family was asked to produce thousands of dollars immediately.  This sent a new shock wave through the family.  As they all got their heads together on how they could come up with the money in the most expeditious manner, the hospital Social Worker ran to them to say, “Forget about the money, you will not have to pay a dime.”  They were preparing him for transport at that moment. The family gave God a great praise because they knew that the miracles that they were experiencing were because of God’s intervention.  What a breakthrough!  The outcome of this whole event was that the young man got to Houston without further extension of the aneurysm; he had the surgery which was very successful and lived for years following these events.  He is in heaven now but he was given an extension so that he could be saved and filled with the Holy Ghost.  Glory to God!

Scenario 2:  This second scenario actually piggy backs onto the first Scenario.  A 55 year old fire fighter and father of five, WL, had been diagnosed as having a severe heart condition.  He was told that his years of smoking had caused him to need a heart transplant.  Because of his age and his inability to stop smoking it did not appear that he was a good candidate for a heart transplant but his name was added to the list.  The man was not saved and it appeared that his time was about up on planet earth.  He had even had a cardiac arrest but God gave him his life back.  But this man had saved family members who refused to give up on him.  His two sisters were ministers, one an Evangelist and the other a Missionary.  They spoke to him again about the goodness of Jesus as they had on many occasions.  This time he really listened.  The Lord saved him and filled him with the Holy Ghost and instantly delivered him from smoking.  This man was actually the uncle of the young man in Scenario 1.  When the surgery was successfully performed on OLS, the young man’s mother and aunt were so excited about what God had done, they drove the 50 miles from Houston to where WL lived.  They called his children and their spouses and the grandchildren together and cried out to God for a breakthrough for WL.  Their faith was high because of the series of miracles that they had experienced with OLS.  That night God moved in that living room in such a profound way that they knew that God had heard and answered prayer.  The breakthrough that they sought God for came that night!  The sisters traveled the 50 miles back to Houston to be near OLS in Scenario 1 as he recovered from his surgery.  At midnight the sisters received a phone call.  WL and his wife had received a call from the doctors and were told to be at the hospital in 45 minutes.  They had a new heart for him and he would receive his transplant that night.  WL and his wife made it to the hospital in 30 minutes.  When they arrived they were told that his physicians were traveling to Dallas by plane to Dallas, TX to pick up his new heart.  (This was the same city where OLS of Scenario 1 traveled from).  That night the former firefighter received his transplant and lived successfully for many years.  Most of all he lived for and loved God the rest of his life.

By now, you may be wondering how I know so many of the intimate details concerning these two scenarios.  The young man in Scenario 1 was my son and only child.  His uncle, of course, was my second brother.  They are both in heaven now and I feel very confident that I will see them again when I get there.  I love God so much for the miracles that He gave to both of them.  I can stand in the truth of the Scriptures that if you will trust Him He will do what you ask Him to do.  You must never give up simply because a situation looks difficult.  There is nothing too hard for the Lord.

Jeremiah 32:27 (KJV)
27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

That Scripture literally means what it says.  There is NOTHING that is too hard for God.  Is your problem, spiritual, physical mental, emotional, or financial?  Whatever it is, give it to the Lord and He will work it out.  Keep praying and He will give you your breakthrough.

Before I close I would like to pray for you.  Let’s you and I join our hearts and hands across the miles.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Lord You are the master of every situation and we know that there is nothing too hard for You .  You are our God and we love you with our whole hearts.  Lord, I lift my brother and sister up before you now.  Even as you have opened many doors that were closed in my face I pray now that you will open doors for them.  You see their individual situations O God and I’m asking You to work them out.  Make the crooked paths straight.  Increase their faith in You and encourage their hearts now O God.  If a miracle is needed, supply that miracle.  If comfort is needed, supply that comfort.  Whatever the need may be meet it for them O God.  Let Your presence and anointing overshadow them now.  Please allow this humble prayer to serve as the point of contact that they need in order to receive their breakthrough.  Let them know that You have heard their prayers and that You have seen their tears.  Show yourself Mighty and strong in their lives.  In the matchless name of Jesus Christ, the One who died for our sins, do we pray.  Amen and Amen!

Where Saints Spend Eternity (Ps. 37:27)


shutterstock_61876078GM Everyone.  I have been asked on more than one occasion where the saints will live following the Millenium, where the natural people will come from that will inhabit the earth and other questions along these lines.  I researched the questions and came up with some thrilling and exciting information.  The Dakes Bible (Psalms Notes, page 104) (along with others) provides the following explanation.  (I wrote out [most of] the Scriptures that the Dakes Bible alluded to so that we could read them for ourselves).  This is a very long post but the information is so important that I am presenting it here with most of the Scriptures written for you.  I have made no other changes to the commentary taken from the Dakes Bible. Comments that are in bold letters are directly taken from that reference.  Your comments are welcome, even if you have a different take on the subject.  I haven’t completed my study along these lines so your (referenced) thoughts will be considered…maybe.

Where Saints Spend Eternity (Ps. 37:27)

The modern church theory that saints are to spend eternity in heaven is nowhere taught in Scripture.  All saints will be translated and will stay in heaven until they come back with Jesus at His 2nd advent.  (Zechariah 14:5; Jude 14).

Zechariah 14:5 (KJV)
5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

Jude 1:14 (KJV)
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

Then they will reign on earth with Christ. (Rev. 20: 4-10) but continue to live with Him in the new Jerusalem in heaven until it is moved from heaven to the new earth.  (Rev. 21:2; 9-10).

Revelation 20:4-10 (KJV)
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Revelation 21:2 (KJV)
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Revelation 21:9-10 (KJV)
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

Saints will go back and forth from heaven to earth during the 1,000 years, then live eternally with God in the new earth.   (Rev. 21-22). (Please read both chapters).  The natural people who will go from the tribulation into the Millennium will continue to live in the new earth as the subjects of Christ and the resurrected saints forever, if they do not rebel with Satan at the end of the Millennium (Rev. 20:7-10). 

Revelation 20:7-10 (KJV)
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

They will live forever by virtue of the tree of life (Rev. 22:2) and not be changed of body from mortality to immortality as the resurrected saints.  (1Corinthians 15: 35-54; Phil. 3:21).

Revelation 22:2 (KJV)
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

1 Corinthians 15:35-54 (KJV)
35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Philippians 3:21 (KJV)
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Both classes of human beings-the resurrected ones and the natural ones will inhabit the earth forever. (v. 9, 11, 18, 29, 34;  Gen. 8:22; 9:12; 17:8; Is. 9:6-7; Dan. 2:44-45; 7:13-14; 18,27; Zech. 14; Matt. 5:5; Luke 1:32-33; Rev. 11:15; 22:4-5.

Psalms 37:8-9 (KJV)
9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

Psalms 37:11 (KJV)
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Psalms 37:18 (KJV)
18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

Psalms 37:29 (KJV)
29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

Psalms 37:34 (KJV)
34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

Genesis 8:22 (KJV)
22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Genesis 9:12 (KJV)
12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

Genesis 17:8 (KJV)
8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:7 (KJV)
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Daniel 2:43-45 (KJV)
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

Daniel 7:13-14 (KJV)
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Daniel 7:18 (KJV)
18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

Daniel 7:27 (KJV)
27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Zech. 14 (Read the chapter)

Daniel 7:27 (KJV)
27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Matthew 5:5 (KJV)
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Luke 1:31-33 (KJV)
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.


Revelation 11:15 (KJV)
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 22:3-5 (KJV)
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

My closing thoughts:  Many people don’t think  about life beyond the Millennium but really, that’s when eternity future actually begins.  Human beings who are alive today have a unique opportunity to live with our heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ forever.  We will also get to rule and reign with them.  Why miss this amazing opportunity simply because you have not been delivered from sin?  Today is the day of salvation.  Repent and be saved!

The Death Grip of Sin: Are You Holding onto It, or Does It Have a Hold on You?


The Death Grip of Sin: Are You Holding onto It, or Does It Have a Hold on You?.

The Consequences of Wrongful Living – The Continuing Rise of STD’s Among Our Young People Part I


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Statements that Holiness preachers frequently hear from those who live a life of sin are, “You’re judging me!”; “Leave me alone.”  “Only God can judge me”.  Of course the first statement is wrong because sin is already judged by God.  Ministers are simply the messengers who are trying to help sinners avoid the Lake of fire which is the ultimate outcome of sin.  When sinners make the statement about God’s judging their sins they are usually referring to the Great White Throne Judgment when sinners, death, and Hell will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.  What sinners may not realize is that a form of God’s judgment has already fallen on the earth.  One of the agents that God uses to show mankind that it is living a misguided life is known as Sexually Transmitted Diseases or STD’s. If people would just acknowledge the truth, they already know that sex outside of marriage is already condemned.  Yet mankind continues to row their little boats, doing their own thing and screaming louder than the voice of reason and the voices of ministers so that they don’t hear the truth.  Recently I had the opportunity to talk to a group of students from age 13 years and up about the scourge of STDs in a seminar entitled:  The Consequences of Wrongful Living-the Continuing Rise of STD’s Among Our Youth.  I have decided to share the seminar in my blog so that others might be able to see the hand of God and His judgement of sexual sins.

Today’s post is Part I of a II Part series.  The best resource for this presentation is the website of the Centers for Disease Control:  WWW.CDC.gov.  In addition, I found a book by Anita Nelson, M.D. and JoAnn Woodward, RNC, BSN, NP, entitled Sexually Transmitted Diseases A Practical Guide for Primary Care to be most helpful.  Information was shared from my book, Strolling through a Rose Garden Called Life-Living Holy from Birth to Death, published in 2011 by Xulon Press.  Many of my examples were taken from my own personal experiences as a Holiness preacher, speaker and author, Clinical Nurse Specialist, School Nurse Practitioner and RN for the past 46 years.

Part I

By the time young people graduate from high school, almost two-thirds have had sex. Nearly 40 percent of sexually active students did not use a condom the last time they had sex, and one in five drank alcohol or took drugs before their last sexual intercourse. Such risky sexual behaviors can have serious health consequences.  The 2013 CDC report states that:

  1. Approximately 26 percent of all new HIV diagnoses are among young people aged 13–24 years.
  2. Teens and young adults have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) of any age group. Americans aged 15-24 make up just 27% of the sexually active population, yet they account for 50% of all new cases of STD’s.  Looking at all new cases by disease, the youth make up 70% of new gonorrhea cases, 63% of Chlamydia; 49% of HPV, 45% of Genital Herpes; and 20% of new syphilis cases.

ƒ     3.  Three in ten young women become pregnant before they reach the age of 20.

Young people, some of you may not be at all surprised at these numbers because these are the people that you walk and talk with every day.  These are the real life and real people issues that you have to deal with.  We want you to know that here we value you and your stand for Christ.  You are holy and clean young people who love God and it is your desire to have Him pleased with your life.   What we intend to do with this seminar is to equip you with the information that you need to withstand the fiery darts of the devil.  We want each of you to be able to stand against the wiles of the enemy and against your own flesh.  Remember that the devil is not your only enemy; you also have the flesh to deal with.  But you can do it with the help of the Lord. 

Activity

Let’s take a few minutes to socialize.  I want you to get up, get out of your seat and meet and greet as many people as you can within the next three minutes.  Shake hands, quick side hug, or say “hello”.  Go all over the room if you need to and greet your neighbors.  Then, when you’re finished, please return to your seats. 

Did you enjoy that few minutes of greeting?  Now, if the people on the first row would please stand.  If anyone shook hands with this group please stand up. (This activity continued until nearly everyone was on his or her feet).  Please note that almost everyone is standing.  This is how a communicable disease or a disease that is “catchy” is spread.  And if the front row people had an STD and were in intimate contact with other people in the room, eventually everyone in the room could be affected by it.  I noticed that a few of you caught on to what the activity was all about.  You refused to stand up because you did not want the stigma of having touched an individual although you really had.  That also happens in individuals with STDs.  Very often they have an STD, have passed it on to someone else, but refuse to tell anyone because they just don’t want the stigma that is involved.

Introduction of Topic

You should be at least thirteen to be in this seminar because I’m going to be open with facts and stats that younger people might not be ready to hear.  You should all know by now that God ordained sex between a man and a woman in a marriage relationship.  He said in Hebrews 13:4 (KJV) 4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. There is a tendency for young people to think that sex and sexual intimacy started when you became a teenager, but I assure you that it has been here all along.  Otherwise, how would you have gotten here?  God has specific guidelines about when sex is approved and it is never approved outside of marriage.  We know that heaven is the ultimate goal and outcome of living a holy life.  We also know that there are benefits right down here when we live a clean and holy life.  In the same manner, just as Hell is the ultimate consequence for living an unholy lifestyle, there are consequences for living an unholy and unclean lifestyle right here on Planet Earth.  One of the consequences of a wrongful sex life is sexually transmitted diseases.  Whether it is a drip, a pox, a rotting of flesh, a wart or a non-healing sore, God has made it clear that He is not pleased with unmarried sex.

What exactly is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI)?  According to the CDC, STDs and STIs are a group of contagious diseases or infections most commonly transmitted “from person to person by close, intimate contact.” Woodward says although most of this contact has traditionally been sexual intercourse, many categories of sexual practices permit transmission from “person to person.”  That means transmission from mother to newborn is also possible. Babies can get a sexually transmitted disease through an infected mother as it passes through the birth canal.  What brings all of these diseases or infections together into a group is the fact of how they are passed (from one person to another in intimate contact) rather than symptoms, or even whether or not they are deadly.  For example, if someone were to get a disease from oral sex, even though they did not have sexual intercourse, they still got the disease.  

Some of the diseases that I am going to mention today did not exist or were at least not discovered until a few years ago.  But with the free love attitude and negative behavior of the 70’s, the advent of the pill and the “liberated” sexual attitude of people today, the number of STDs has gone through the roof.  There are 25 known STDs today.  I am going to list them first in alphabetical order, give an overview of the ten most frequently occurring in America and then talk about the deadly ones in more detail.  Here is the list of twenty five that are presented by the CDC and recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) listed in alphabetical order.

1.  Bacterial Vaginosis (BV).  This is the  most common vaginal infection in women between the ages of 15 and 44 years of age.  There is an imbalance in the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina.  A new sex partner or multiple sex partners upset the balance.  It is not truly an STD but having BV can make it more likely that you will get an STD like HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea.  One can lower the risk of getting this infection by abstinence, limiting partners to one and not douching.

2. Chlamydia
3. LGV (Lymphogranuloma Venereum)
4. Gonorrhea
5. Genital Herpes
6. Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
7. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
8. Syphilis
9. Trichomoniasis
10. Enfermedades de transmisión sexual
11. HIV/AIDS
12. Genital warts
13. Hepatitis (mainly B). 
Hepatitis A is chiefly acquired through the fecal/oral route; B via sexual route; C is frequently acquired via the parenteral or IV route.  

14. Chancroid (Haemophilus ducreyi)
15. Donovanosis (Granuloma inguinale or Calymmatobacterium granulomatis).  
As this infection progresses, there is scarring and blockage of the lymphatics which produces enlargement of the vulvar area. Although correct treatment can stop the infection, long-standing infection can cause genital deformities such as color change, narrowing of the urethral, vaginal, and anal openings and massive swelling.  Loss of sexual function can occur because of the damages.  

16.Non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) 

17. Staphylococcal infection (Staphylococcus aureus; MRSA)
18. Tinea cruris “Jock Itch”
19. Yeast Infection
20. Adenoviruses
21. HTLV 1, 2 – venereal fluids
22. Cervical cancer
23. Molluscum contagiosum.  
This disease is often found in institutions and communities where there is overcrowding, poor hygiene, and poverty. 24. Mononucleosis.  

25. Kaposi’s sarcoma

Young people are very much at risk for STD’s because of unsound and invalidated myths. 

Myths that the Youth (and some adults) Hold Today

  1. “Oral sex is not sex.”

Many of you will recall that President Clinton even made a statement indicating that he had not had sexual relations when he was charged with oral sex with Monica Lewinsky during his presidential term in 1995 or 96.  The affair and its repercussions, which included Clinton’s impeachment, became known as the Lewinsky scandal.

Oftentimes young ladies perform oral sex, even unprotected oral sex, so that they can justify in their own minds that they are still “virgins”.  Some even allow anal sex for the same reason.  They feel that as long as their hymen is intact they have not been involved in sexual activities.  My answer is, “Oh no, not so!”  Participating in this activity just bumped you out of the virgin group.  At the end of the seminar one young man stated with a scowl on his face, “I just refuse to believe that oral sex is sex”.  He chose to remain unconvinced but he is responsible for the information that he was given.  (There will be much more on oral sex and its negative consequences later).

  1. “Douching after sex washes away any chance of getting an STI.”

If that were the case someone would be rich if they discovered such a great cleansing product.  The fact of the matter is some douching can make the individual more susceptible to STD’s because douching washes away some of the “good” bacterial flora.

  1. “All STIs are curable.”

Ask someone with (HSV-2).  Herpes is known as the disease that keeps on giving because there is no cure; HIV/Aids is also incurable and it can take your life.

  1. “You can always tell if someone has an STI.”

Unfortunately you cannot tell if someone is infected just by looking with the natural eye. 

  1. “These things will never happen to me.”

This is one of the biggest problems among teens.  They live in a big imaginary bubble that they create.  They have this “magical” thinking that just because they say that a thing will not happen that it will not happen.  Follow this conversation that I had with a high school student who found herself to be pregnant:

Her:  “I thought that I couldn’t get pregnant”.

Me:  “What made you think that?  Were you having problems with your cycles?”

Her:  “No”.

Me:  “Were you having unprotected sex?”

Her:  “Yes.”

Me:  “Something must have made you think that you couldn’t get pregnant”.

Her:  “I just thought that I couldn’t get pregnant.”

This ends part I of the Seminar.  Part II will continue in the next post.

 

Part II – The Consequences of Wrongful Living: The Continuing Rise of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Our Young People


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Today’s post is second part of a II Part series.  The best resource for this presentation is the website of the Centers for Disease Control:  WWW.CDC.gov.  In addition, I found a book by Anita Nelson, M.D. and JoAnn Woodward, RNC, BSN, NP, entitled Sexually Transmitted Diseases A Practical Guide for Primary Care most helpful.  Information was shared from my own book, Strolling through a Rose Garden Called Life-Living Holy from Birth to Death, published in 2011 by Xulon Press.  Many of my examples were taken from my own personal experiences as a Holiness preacher, speaker and author, Clinical Nurse Specialist, School Nurse Practitioner and RN for the past 46 years.

A Bit of History

Facts brought out in the book by Nelson and Woodard and validated by my own professional experiences

Before 1960 Syphilis and gonorrhea were the only two major recognized STD’s.  Chlamydia was added in 1970’s.  Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) was identified in 1981 and later the human immunodeficiency virus was isolated. Although genital warts were first recognized to be sexually transmitted in the 1950s the involvement of HPV in carcinoma was not recognized until the 1980s.  It was also in the 1980s that HSV-2 was recognized. 

Some of these infections are life-threatening such as human immunodeficiency virus [HIV]/Aids and syphilis.  Some can give you cancer such as hepatitis B, human papillomavirus [HPV], and HIV.  Others destroy fertility or the ability to have babies such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. The World Health Organization (WHO) points out that STDs are a major global cause of acute illness, infection, long-term disability, and death, with severe medical and psychological consequences for millions of men, women, and infants.   In the United States, STDs are among the most common infections.  Five of the ten most reported infections are STDs.  

Let’s look at the diseases according to the way they affect the individual.

Some of the diseases that cause genital ulcers or sores are:

    • Chancroid – A bubo develops in about half the cases. The bubo appears on one side in the groin area. It is painful, tender and inflamed. If the condition is left untreated the buboes may rupture and form large weeping ulcers in the inguinal area. Phimosis, a tightening of the foreskin that might close the opening of the penis, may develop in men. Infections outside the genitals are possible but rare.
    • Genital herpes simplex virus infections
    • Granuloma inguinale (donovanosis)
    • Lymphogranuloma venerum
    • Syphilis

    The diseases that inflame the cervix or the urethra, which is the thin tube that carries urine out of the body are:

    • Chlamydial infections
    • Gonococcal infections
    • Nongonococcal infections
    • Mucopurulent cervicitis

     

    The diseases that cause a vaginal discharge

    • Bacterial vaginosis (fishy odor)
    • Trichomoniasis
    • Vulvovaginal candidiasis

    The disease that causes the inflammation of the pelvis is known as Pelvic inflammatory disease or PID. 

    The disease that is characterized by infection of the epididymis, a part of the male anatomy, is also known as Epididymitis.)

     

    The disease that is known as Human papillomavirus infection or HPV can give you genital warts and/or cancer.

    Vaccine-preventable sexually transmitted infections

    • Hepatitis A, B, or C.

     Proctitis, proctocolitis, and enteritis.  (Proctitis is inflammation of the lining of the rectum. Proctocolitis is Proctitis plus diarrhea and stomach cramps.  Enteritis is stomach cramps and diarrhea without proctitis)

     

     

    The diseases that are characterized by parasitic infection are:

    • Pediculosis pubis (Crabs)
    • Scabies (Not always due to sexual contact). Health care workers at a hospital where I worked all had to be treated with a skin pesticide because we provided health care for a severely infested patient. If we went into the room we had to use the medication. UGH!

    And finally we have Human immunodeficiency virus, the virus that can take your life.

    The problem of STIs is continuing to grow, in spite of the fact that we have treatments that work and programs set up to cut down on the spread of infection. The WHO estimated that in 1999, 340 million new cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis occurred worldwide in men and women aged 15-49 years.

 

The Ten Most Frequently Occurring STDS

Now let’s look at some facts concerning the ten most frequently occurring STDs. 

  1. Chlamydia is the most common curable STD. It is most common because people who have it usually don’t know that they have it. They can be without symptoms for weeks, months or years.  It needs to be treated because it can damage the body.  Symptoms include:  pain during sex, discharge from the penis or vagina.  RX:  single dose Azithromax.
  2. Gonorrhea is next. It is a common bacterial infection that is often called “The Clap” on the streets.  Symptoms include burning on urination and, in men, a white, yellow or green penile discharge.  BTW, you can also get gonorrhea of the throat from oral sex.  It is the second most commonly reported bacterial STD in the United States; Gonorrheal infections among women now exceed the rates seen in men; Infections in women are most often asymptomatic. (See, you really can’t always tell that someone has it by looking).
  3. Syphilis. Syphilis is a very serious STD that can cause long term complications if left untreated.  It is simple to cure when treated.  Stages:  Primary- A chancre appears that looks like a single sore that may look as simple as an ingrown hair.  If left untreated it will go away.  Secondary stage:  A rash on the palms of the hands and/or the soles of the feet may appear.  If left untreated at this stage it can appear to go away again and become latent or hidden for years until it reappears as late Stage or tertiary syphilis.  The final or tertiary stage is most serious and various organs of the body, including the brain, can become affected.  Syphilis can ultimately cause death. 
  4. Mycoplasma Genitalium surpassed gonorrhea in 2007 and is a major cause of infertility from pelvic inflammatory disease. This condition inflames a female’s reproductive organs and causes her to be unable to bear children. In men Mycoplasma genitalium causes both short term (acute) and long term (chronic) inflammation of the  urethra
  5. Trichomaniasis is the single most common curable STD in sexually active young women. Some young ladies may think that they have a yeast infection and try to treat it with an OTC product.   They may also think that they have bacterial vaginosis (BV) because the symptoms are similar.  Symptoms include frothy discharge, strong vaginal odor, painful intercourse, irritation and itching.  Men usually do not get symptoms but they need to get treated so that they do not infect or re-infect women.
  6. Crabs/Pubic lice. These little insects live in the coarse-haired segments of the body.  They are usually spread from sexual contact but may also be transferred by infested linen and clothes. 
  7. Scabies. Although it can be transmitted by sexual contact, it may just be transmitted by infested linen and clothing.
  8. Human Papilloma virus/HPV. This is probably the most common STD in women and men.  It can go away on its own but when it does not, it has the potential of causing cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis or anus, as well as cancer in the back of the throat and base of the tongue.  It can also manifest as warts in both male and female.  It is not HSV or HIV.  It has been known as the cervical cancer virus, but only a few strains are linked to cancer.  Other strains cause warts.  Although there is no cure for the disease, there is treatment available.  There is a new vaccine available that is given to 11, 12 and 13 year olds in three doses that can prevent the disease.  

And now we will look at two of the biggest hitters, HIV/Aids and herpes.

  1. HIV/Aids. At the end of 2005, an estimated 40.3 million individuals, including 2.3 million children younger than 15 years of age, were living with HIV worldwide. An estimated 4.9 million new infections developed during that year, representing 14,000 new infections each day-the greatest number in any 1 year since the beginning of the epidemic. Also in that year, 3.1 million people died as a result of HIV/AIDS-associated illnesses, including an estimated 570,000 children younger than 15 years. In the United States in 2006, the CDC estimated that more than 1 million people were living with HIV infection; one-fourth of infected women were unaware of their infection. Approximately 40,000 new cases of HIV infection occur each year in the United States, half of them in individuals younger than 25 years of age. In his speech at the 2003 International AIDS Conference in Paris, France, President Nelson Mandela declared HIV/AIDS the “greatest health crisis in human history.”

Today, the number of HIV-infected people continues to rise in all parts of the world, including in the United States. Anal intercourse carries the highest risk of HIV transmission followed by vaginal intercourse. Oral sex has a low risk of HIV transmission.  Wait!  Back up and stop! Houston, we have a problem.  We (they, not me) have recently begun to validate anal sex as an alternative lifestyle…and it carries the highest risk of HIV transmission?  We need to take our fingers out of our ears and do things God’s way.

2004 Aids Data

In 2004 Heterosexual transmission was responsible for 78% of cases in women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, whereas male-to-male sexual contact accounted for 74% of cases.

Minorities were disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. African-Americans and Hispanics accounted for the majority of all reported AIDS cases in the United States at the end of 2004.

African-Americans were the most commonly affected minority; they accounted for 50% of all new cases of HIV/AIDS reported in 2004.   

In the 29 states with HIV reporting during 1999-2002, blacks had an HIV diagnosis rate of 75.6 per 100,000 in 2002, nearly 10 times the rate of whites and 2.5 times the rate of Hispanics.

 

2010 Aids Data

Comparing 2008 to 2010, there were decreases among women, including the rate of HIV in African American women. According to the following chart, new cases of HIV infections among white men who have sex with men, (MSM), have exceeded all groups, jumping to almost double the rate of HIV infections among black heterosexual females.  The number is also high among African American men who have sex with men.

White MSM                                    11,200

Black MSM                                     10,600

Hispanic MSM                                 6,700

Black Heterosexual Women         5,300

Black Heterosexual Men               2,700

Hispanic Heterosexual Women   1,200

 

 

  1. Genital Herpes/HSV. Herpes of the mouth or lips is called HSV1.  Some people know this condition as cold sores or fever blisters.  HSV1 can be transferred by kissing or oral sex.  For this cause I recommend that mothers should keep anyone from kissing their babies, particularly in the face.

HSV2 occurs below the waist.  What young people need to know is that HSV1, the cold sore,  can cause one to have Herpes below the waist.  Someone with HSV1 can cause HSV2.  In genital herpes there is an outbreak of sores or breaks in the skin of the mouth, vagina or and rectum.  Touching the sores can cause the sores to spread to other parts of the body.

  • Genital herpes is one of the most prevalent STIs in the United States. About 50 million Americans have genital HSV infection.
  • HSV is the leading cause of genital ulcers. HSV-2 infections doubles one’s risk of sexually acquiring (HIV).
  • Herpes is a chronic, life-long infection; patients can shed virus, not only during outbreaks but also during those times when they do not have symptoms.
  • Babies who contract HSV-2 during birth can acquire permanent neurological damage or die as a result of the infection.

The Case against Open Mouth Kissing

This section on kissing was taken directly from my book Strolling… in the first chapter which was written to Roses of Innocence (Young girls from birth to age 18 yrs.)  

And finally let’s discuss whether or not teens should be involved in open mouth kissing.   Many would agree that in our culture and society, a gentle, very brief kiss on the forehead, cheek or even lips is generally harmless, depending upon the circumstances and individuals involved.  Kissing that is on the lips, lingering, and/or open mouthed and that stirs the mind and body is generally the very early preparation for the sex act.  A well-known Apostle expressed his opinion about kissing in this way:  “It is an upper invitation for a lower invasion”.  Why play around with risky behavior?

            Open-mouth kissing is also one way that pyorrhea or gum disease can be passed from one individual to another. Gum disease, which was at one time a problem of the elderly, is now being seen in younger people.  It causes subsequent gum and bone destruction, and ultimately cavities and loss of teeth.  It is no longer limited to the elderly. Open mouth kissing with an HIV infected individual who has bleeding gums is a direct way to become infected.  Although kissing is considered a low risk activity for acquiring HIV/AIDS it is not a no-risk activity.  How do you know when an individual with bleeding gums is HIV positive?  You can’t always tell by looking …or kissing.  Kissing is not harmless behavior. 

            OK, young people, before we leave this subject of kissing, let’s get real with it.  We have discussed some of the health issues related to kissing, but most people are not thinking about pyorrhea or Herpes or HIV when engaged in kissing.  The fact of the matter is that kissing is a powerful push towards completion of the sex act.  It stirs up the mind and causes urgent desires to go further.  Once you have started this activity there is always the push to go to the next level.  Deep kissing puts you on the slippery slope to destruction.  You may think that you “know your limit” or that you will know when to stop, but you must not forget that there are two people in the situation and one of them is (probably) a male.  Even if you could control your own emotions would you be able to control his?  Too risky, girls, too risky. 

            Some young girls love to kiss because they enjoy the response that it causes from a male.  It might make the young girl feel powerful or even needed and loved by the male because of his physical and hormonal response.  Young girls, wake up!  The male response may have little to do with you; it could just be a natural response to sexual excitement.  …you have to be aware of the forces and hormonal drives of your own physical body as well as that of the male.  Kissing lights the fuse to a load of dynamite.  If you don’t want the explosion, why light the fuse?  The Bible in Proverbs 6:27 asks the question in this way: Proverbs 6:27 (KJV)
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

The seminar closed following a brief Q &A session related to answers that the young people could provide if they were put in a situation in which sex was thrust upon them.  The Bible tells us in Hosea 4:6 (KJV) 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.  Our young people are being destroyed by the enemy before they even get a chance to begin their adult lives.  It is our responsibility to take our heads out of the sand and equip them with current information.  We know, like Revelation 2:13…where Satan’s seat isWe know his devices.  We must not simply sit back and allow the sin in the world to take over our children.  We cannot isolate them but we must insulate them and we can do that with the truth.  We have to let them know that God is angry with the wicked every day, that He hates sin and that we can be kept by God if we want to be kept.

Psalms 7:11 (KJV)
11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

The Horrors of Hell vs. the Glories of Heaven: You’ve Got to be Crazy to Reject Jesus


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Have you ever really looked at the two options, Heaven and Hell, side-by-side? I believe any thinking individual alive would choose heaven. Perhaps this post will help you to make a wise choice.

Originally posted on Committed to Preaching the Word of God:

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Good morning to my brothers and sisters.   I’ve got good news for you.  Jesus lives!  Everything else pales in comparison to that glorious fact.  Some of you know who Jesus is and have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior.  Please allow me to introduce Him to those who do not know Him or who may not know Him as well as they should.

Jesus the Christ is the second member of the godhead.  He is the precious Son of God.

Matthew 3:17 (KJV)
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Many call Him the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the valley

Song of Songs 2:1 (KJV)
1 I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.

and others call Him the bright and morning star

Revelation 22:16 (KJV)
16 I Jesus…

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The Story of Jonah and Our God of Mercy


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The Dangers of a “Stank” attitude towards God.

Originally posted on Committed to Preaching the Word of God:

shutterstock_106892996The prophet Jonah was the son of Amittai and was from Gath-Heper, located a few miles north of Nazareth, which later became the childhood home of Jesus. Jonah was given clear instructions by God to go to the city of Nineveh and prophesy against them for their evil ways.  His first commission from God was found in Jonah 1:1-2

Jonah 1:1-2 (KJV)
1 Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, situated on the river, Tigris.  It was a country that was the enemy of the Israelites.  The Assyrians were some of the meanest and most awful people of that day.  God told Jonah to go to the enemies of Israel and warn them that they were going to…

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The Death Grip of Sin: Are You Holding onto It, or Does It Have a Hold on You?


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Sin is terrible.  It can cause a mother to kill her own child (as in abortion) or a father to cause his children to suffer (as in desertion and abandonment).  It can cause an entire nation to fall (which is what will happen to our country if we do not turn back to God) or an individual to abuse his own body to death (as in sexual perversions, smoking cigarettes or drug abuse.)

Question  #1.  What exactly is sin and why does it have such a strong control over human beings everywhere?

The Bible tells us that sin is the transgression of God’s Law.  It is simply either doing what God tells us not to do or not doing what God tells us to do.  It is as simple as that.  It is saying, “No!” to God’s way and choosing another way.  All disobedience is sin.

1 John 3:4 (KJV)
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

1Samuel 15:22-23 (KJV)
22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.

Question #2.  Where did sin come from?

Sin came from Lucifer who was a created being, an anointed cherub.  He was beautiful and highly exalted as a created being.  Because of his beauty, pride arose in his heart and he made a decision to attempt to exalt himself above God.  The Scriptures describe him but also present God’s judgment against him.

Ezekiel 28:12-18 (KJV)
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

1 John 3:8 (KJV)
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.

In a nutshell, Lucifer (Satan) beguiled or tricked God’s man, Adam and his woman, Eve, and they both disobeyed God.  As a result of their disobedience, every man and woman born after their fall became infected with the evil of sin, even until today.  Babies don’t have to be taught to lie, it’s a part of their sin nature.

Scenario:  Three year old Baby John knocks a vase off the table and it breaks.  Mother:  “Baby John, did you break the vase?”  Baby John: “No.”  Who taught Baby John to lie?  No one had to teach him.  It came with the package.

Question #3.   What are the consequences of sin? 

Sin is utterly destructive.  It separates us from God, it ushered in death and it will ultimately send one’s very soul to Hell, a place of eternal pain and torment.

Question #4.  If sin is so bad, why doesn’t a person just stop doing it?

Sin is a part of the nature of a person; his desire is to sin.  It would be easy to just not sin were it not for the fact that it is woven into his DNA.  We must remember that he has an enemy, the devil, who loves to see him sin.  The devil hates us and wants us to die as a result of sin.  It is only by the power of God that we are able to “just stop the sin business”.  It’s like a man who has a 52 inch waist and 33 inch hips.  He may pull his gut in for a few minutes, but before long he will have to let it go back to its natural state.  Only when that man loses the weight (girdles just give the illusion that the belly is gone) will he be free of a protruding belly.  Other people just refuse to even try to stop sinning because they love sin.

Scenario:  Poachers want to capture a group of monkeys in Africa to sell in the US.  They can’t catch the monkeys because the monkeys reside in trees and escape when approached.  The poachers, aware of the monkey’s love of bright and shiny baubles, lay a trap for the monkeys.  They place a large shiny red fake ruby inside a wooden cage.  The cage is made of bars just large enough for the monkey’s hand to reach inside and grab it.  The trouble is, the monkey cannot pull his hand out of the cage if he has a grip on the bauble.  When the poachers approach, the monkey has only to open his hand, let go of the bauble and escape to safety.  But, because he refuses to let go of the bauble, it causes him to be captured.

The same is true for some individuals when it comes to sin.  There are some people who love their lifestyle so much that they can’t let go of the bauble of sin, repent and be saved.  The comedian who loves his “trade” of lying and cussing may refuse to let go of his “work” because he loves it.  He loves the fame and accolades that he receives as a celebrity and refuses to let go.  Many even desire to be in a right relationship with God but refuse to let go of the sinful baubles.  That individual has such a strong grip on sin that he can’t let it go.

On the other hand, there is the individual who wants to be set free from sin but sin has a firm grip on him or her.

Scenario:  A fast, flippant and rebellious young teen girl goes against her parents’ rules and sneaks out of the house to meet a young man that she met on the internet.  As it turns out, the “young man” is really a 40 year old pimp.  He grabs her, beats her and forces her into a life of prostitution and drugs.  Nightly she is forced to abuse her body and her very soul.  She does not want to do the things that she is forced to do but sin has such a grip on her that she cannot get free.

Scenario:  A young man was forcibly raped by an older man from the time that he was 5 yrs. old and he ultimately became a homosexual.  He occasionally wishes that he could escape his lifestyle but feels that he has done too much wrong to ever be free.  In his heart of hearts he rejects his own behavior but feels that for him this is his norm.

In both of the above scenarios the individuals cannot get free of sin because of the grip that sin has on them.  Sin has a physical grip on the young woman and it has an emotional grip on the young man.  In both instances they need an outside force that is stronger than the grip of sin to cause sin to loose its hold.  In actuality, whether the individual has a grip on sin or if sin has a grip on the individual, the answer is the same.  The answer to every man or woman’s sin situation is Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, became sin so that we could be set free.  The righteousness of God hates sin; His justice requires that it is punished.  This meant that all men and women are destined for Hell as a punishment for sin.  But Jesus Christ, in obedience to His Father, came to earth, died for our sins so that we do not have to die and is now in heaven interceding for us.  All a man or woman has to do to be set free from the grip of sin is to desire to be free.  God will hear and see that person’s heartfelt desire to be free, and then set up situations in his life that can lead to his freedom.  The Bible lets us know that every individual will be given an opportunity to be set free from the power of sin.

Titus 2:11-14 (KJV) 

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Let’s talk.  The bottom line is this, whether your sin problem is that you love the baubles of sin so much that you are holding onto something that will cause your ultimate destruction, (including the pride of refusing to see yourself as a sinner) or if sin has a strong grip on you, you can be free.  You can be saved.  If you will provide the “want to”, God will provide the means.  Then, when He supplies the means for salvation you have to act.  God is not going to do everything for you; you have a role to play.  You must run to safety when the door is opened.  Could this Post be your open door?  We are only promised one opportunity.  Some people may be given many, but some may only receive one.  I encourage you, when your door is opened, run to Jesus, repent of your sins and hold onto Jesus with all of your strength.  The blood of Jesus is strong enough to break every stronghold of sin but you have to want to be set free.  The Bible says that you must not harden your heart when you really understand your need for salvation.

Hebrews 3:15 (KJV)
15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart …

Salvation is simply stating to God that you are sorry, then accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  An example of some words that you might say to Him follow.  If you say these words and mean them with all of your heart, He will hear you and save you.  I can provide the words but you must provide the heartfelt meaning.

“Father, forgive me of all of my sins.  Save me and take me to heaven when I die.  Jesus, if you save me I will live for you.  Fill me with the Holy Ghost so that I can have the power to live for you.”

After you repent and are saved I encourage you to find a Bible-believing deliverance church.  I recommend Full Gospel Holy Temple Church in Dallas, TX where I received deliverance nearly forty years ago.  We also have other churches throughout the country.  Find us on You Tube or on our website.  I’m praying for you; God bless.

Prophetic Dream #2 – A New Look at Man-on-Man Sex


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2 Corinthians 4:2-4 (KJV)
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

To my friends and family, Saints and sinners alike, today’s post will be different than any that I have written in the past, with the exception of the one entitled “An APB (All Points Bulletin) for the Miserable (i.e. Gay-but-don’t-want-to-be) People”.  That post was mainly directed towards females.  This post addresses the issue of man-on-man sex in a way that perhaps most people have not known about.  I am going to be very open and straight forward about the natural aspects of this activity so that perhaps someone may have a moment of clarity about the sin and desire to be set free from it.  This post is also meant to be helpful to those who only see man-on-man sex as a sweet, nice, alternative lifestyle.  They need to understand that man-on-man sex is a perversion.  Just because our current President advocates for same-sex marriage does not make it right.  For those who call themselves Christian but refuse to cry out against this satanic activity, I say “Open your eyes!”  I don’t expect everyone to be pleased with this post but the information is necessary so that the whole story is presented.  Many may be grossed out, repulsed and even disgusted after reading it.  But if one individual makes the decision to see this activity as a trick of the devil and turns from it to a holy lifestyle, then it is worth it.  Writing this post is a dirty job but someone has to do it.  Get ready for a bumpy ride.

Years ago one of the Saints at my church told me that her son, who was imprisoned, had become a minister.  He wanted someone from our church to come to the prison where he was incarcerated and preach the gospel.  She asked if I would be willing to go and I agreed.  We obtained permission from our church leaders and a group of us contacted the prison and obtained an appointment.  I had never been inside prison walls but the Chaplain promised to tell us what we needed to know when we arrived.  The night before the scheduled event God gave me a very graphic dream.  In the dream I stood on the side of a large Olympic-sized swimming pool.  But this was no ordinary swimming pool.  The pool graduated from 4 ft. deep on one end to 10 ft. deep on the other.  As I stood at the 10 ft. deep end God spoke to me in the dream and said, “I want you to jump into the pool, go down to the bottom and feel along the floor.”  I am a swimmer so the request would have been easy to accomplish if this were an ordinary pool.  However, this pool was different.  It was filled from floor to top with liquid human waste.  It stunk to high heavens.   I know we are never to question God but I had to be sure that I heard Him correctly.  I asked, “You want me to go in there?”  Without hesitation he repeated His statement.  In the dream I knew I had to obey God.  I pinched my nose, took a leap into the filthy pool, pushed my way to the bottom and began to feel along the floor.  Suddenly I felt a hand and when I caught the hand of the man that was on the bottom we both came up out of the pool.  After coming out God spoke to me and said that He was sending me into a place that was filthy but the result would be that men would be delivered because of my obedience.  He told me that when He told Jesus to go to earth He saw earth as a cesspool, much in the same way that I saw the pool of waste.  Imagine that Jesus, had to lay down His royal robe and come to a sin-cursed world.  Jesus did what He was asked to do and the result of His obedience was that salvation was made possible for every man, woman and child who will receive the gospel of deliverance.

The morning following the dream my party and I went to the prison and the dream was the basis of the message that I delivered.  Having never been in a prison to minister, I asked the Chaplain to tell me if there was anything about the rules and regulations that I needed to know.  His response was, “Let the Holy Ghost have full control”.  Well, when those words were spoken to a holiness preacher that meant preach, pray, and get the people filled with the Holy Ghost; that’s exactly what I did.  I was amazed at the response to the message because big, burly men broke down and cried out to God for salvation.  We had an altar call and about fifteen of them came up speaking in tongues and glorifying God.  They were so happy to be delivered.  After the service I noticed that the Chaplain was less friendly, but he didn’t comment about anything that had taken place.  We had one more service about three that afternoon.  I noticed that the Prison choir sung and sung.  They sung so many songs that I only had a few minutes to preach.  But God spoke to me and told me to allow the members of my party to give their personal testimonies.  The musicians and singers that went with me testified and the Holy Ghost filled that room again.  The outcome was the same.  About fifteen men came to us to surrender to God and were filled with the Holy Ghost.  There were so many of them that all of the participants in my party were needed to pray them through; even those who had never prayed anyone through to the Holy Ghost before were successful.  Following this the Chaplain was visibly angry but we could not figure out why he was upset.  It was several weeks later that we learned that the Chaplain was angry because we were not supposed to touch the prisoners.  He never told us and we never knew.  We also learned that the thirty or so men that we prayed with were sent out to various prisons throughout the country.  Look at God getting His will done and His deliverance being spread throughout the prison system.

Years later God explained to me what the significance of the pool of human waste was all about.  He let me know that the prisoners responded to that message because they knew better than we knew what God was indicating to them.  Let me explain this statement by telling you about my work with spinal cord injury patients.

I am a retired advanced practice nurse.  The final twenty years of my career were spent working with patients who were spinal cord injured.  Many people think that the fact that SCI patients are often confined to a wheelchair is the worst outcome of their injury.  However, the same injury that affects their ability to walk also has the ability to affect the way they empty their bowels and bladder.  Some, though not all, do not have the ability to do so in a “normal” way.  One method used to help patients to evacuate their bowels is called “digital stimulation” (Not to be confused with another medical procedure performed during a medical examination).  A gloved and lubricated finger is inserted into the patient’s rectum, stimulation is applied and the result is evacuation of the bowel.  In order to live, some patients have to perform or have this procedure performed on a regular basis.  Many of them would do anything if this procedure was not necessary, but it is required for them.  Now, how does all that I have said relate to man-on-man sex?  Here it is.  If stimulation of the external anal sphincter in a spinal cord injured patient causes evacuation of the lower bowel, what about the healthy male?  Do you really think that a holy God would approve of sex that routinely causes this outcome?  No, man-on-man sex is a perversion of healthy male-female sex.  The men in the prison where I ministered understood God’s message concerning the pool of waste.  They knew better than I that He was telling them that He was aware of their filthy behavior and that they could be delivered from that lifestyle, even while they were in prison.

I am convinced that when it is clearly understood what man-on-man-sex is really all about, many will resist the tricks of the devil and desire to be set free.  Also, some of the people who are giving in to the man-on-man sex concept will finally open their eyes and see it for the perversion that it is.  Christians will begin to really pray for those who desire to be delivered rather than rolling over and calling the behavior “normal”.  My closing words to you who want to be delivered are these:  choose Jesus Christ as your Savior and Deliverer.  Jesus loves you, just not the wrong things that  you do. Repent of your sins and ask the Lord to save you.  There is nothing that the Lord cannot deliver you from; you just have to want to be saved.  Remember:  Holiness is Still Right!

James 4:6-10 (KJV)
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

John 8:36 (KJV) 

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

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