~ Seven Things You need To Do for yourself and Your Family! ~
I have not written in a while. This is going to be a long entry of what I need to say and sadly have not said till now. Please forgive me for neglecting my duties here until now. I suggest you read it over quickly once and once again over the next week. Print it if you can and digest it in pieces. The Share with whomever you can. God’s word is not a secret. Share us and His word with all who want to know Him and His son Jesus better.
Recently I stated a new church and with that my passion for God has greatly increased. It is not because of any one human but of the strength in the word and oft for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
▸ Proverbs 3:33 The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicke God. I leaning studding, and avidly applying myself to God. So that I am his servant completely even when it is hard. (Another lesson for another time) With that, He has re-awoke the passion I had before and it is stronger then ever before now. Thank you Father!
As a result I have been surrounding myself with the word of God, and other believers a lot more lately. I Have been watching John Hagee’s series the “Rebuilding the Gates” most mornings, I watched the movie “Facing the Giants”, “Love Comes Softly” and “Prince Caspian” this week. Why is this relevant? I leaned different things from each of these movies that applies to real life which is what I am going to talk with you today.
Know your self, who you are, what you stand for, your thoughts, your words, and your sins.
We are, well I am a Christian living in a world full of sin. We are surrounded by sins and sin ourselves, we cannot ignore that no matter how much we want to. It is truly to the point where I cry for my loved ones and ones who do not know God, Jesus, and ones I have never met or may meet one day. I cry inside when I see people in pain, in need. And I pray! It surrounds us, me. All I did was pray for many years, not knowing how or what I could do to help. Well it is time now to step into battle and not only pray but reach out to those in need. In any way we, I can.
1. The first step to change is knowing who you are and admitting to what you know is wrong in your life. If you cannot do that now I hope you can latter on. We all have our faults, it is a part of being human. If we were perfect, we would not need God or Jesus which will never be true.
2. The next step is to find out what and who you stand for. If you do not know I suggest you find out.
You’re either going to heaven or hell. You have eternal life either way, how you want to spend it is the question. A very easy question for me, I choose eternal love and peace of my Father God! It is not an easy walk but one worth walking. I will talk more about this another time, now is not the time.
3. Third lets take a look into what we watch, what we see, what we say, and what we hear. It all matters. The right words, visions, sounds, can effect us for the better. The same can be said for the worst. So it is important we guard ourselves. Epically in this day of age.
Let me go into details on how I am changing my life and how you can change yours.
“Sinning is pleasant and sugar coated like a sugar daddy, sweet and chewy but sticks in your mouth and is hard to get rid of, with a horrid after taste. Living by the word is hard but rewarding like a Jawbreaker, a little sour, unchewable till the almost center and a sweet taste awaits the long struggle.” ~Amy Jane S.
▸ Ezekiel 12:2 “Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.
▸ Ezekiel 40:4 The man said to me, “Son of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears and pay attention to everything I am.
▸ Matthew 13:15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’
▸ Isaiah 6: 9&10 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
2. Guard your eyes from evil.
We do not always realize what we are doing can be a sin until after it is done or half way into it. For example; watching something like “Supernatural”. A very good story but very dark! Evil I is every where in it, the one good thing about it is the constant fight for good, yet evil always seems to win the overall battle some how, even when the good won the victory. What is that saying to the viewers? Evil is every where in reality we just don’t acknowledge it very well. We need to guard eyes. What we allow into our minds!
Our mind is very powerful, as is our flesh. Control our mind and we can control our flesh. Sadly they both will always be at battle with our spirit. But we have the power to control them. When you start watching something you know is not unto God no matter how pleasing it may be. You need to turn it off and find something better to do. This does not just mean tv, it could be books, magazines, or a place you like to go to. If you see un-Godly things, things against God or his people. Do not stay. Put down the book or walk away. If you give in, the devil will find ways to use it against you. But if you walk away you are preventing evil from finding a way in and attacking you. You are winning the battle!
One of the ten commandments is not to lust after what is not yours. Our eyes are the way in which we commit this sin. Everything we look at triggers thoughts and emotions. We see things and people we want. We enjoy things we shouldn’t. Or we see something we would normally not want to do but are dragged into it because it looks fun, or interesting and gets us curious. It is all over tv, books, and the internet.
Tv, books, and more have a huge power over us. So do not forget about that either, this is one of the most common sins I have seen and been a part of in the past.
Murder, assault, rape, Are All Bad and All over TV, books, and the internet, and games too. Nothing is wrong with a good Murder mystery. But you need to be careful in the context and prevent yourself from taking part in these acts. I know not to watch horror movies because I have a vivid mind. If I do it will haunt my dreams and I will never be able to loose those images. Are you like me? I do not partake in the watching Horror movies such as “kill Bill”, “Saw”, “Freddy”, “It”… I do not want to live in fear of sleeping or of the evils in the movies, I do not need to subject myself to them to find a thrill. Even if you are not, it will affect you for a short time too. It is an adrenalin rush. Or it can cause Lust, Hunger, or fear. What we see or watch can change our mood. Example: A romantic book can leave us feeling romantic. A drama can leave us feeling sad, same goes for the other shows too. If you want a thrill ask God to excite you and he will, and with out watching or reading something horrid.
▸ Job 31:1 “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.
▸ Psalm 6:7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.
▸ Psalm 13:3 Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;
▸ Psalm 17:2 May my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.
▸ Deuteronomy 4:9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
3. Guard your mouth from evil!
We need to watch what we say, there is power in our words if you realize it or not. We can change a persons life with a kind work or tear a person down with a hurtful comment. We can bless or curse with our words. As Christians we are looked upon more then other people to be an example. We are watched and judged by our works and held to our words. I can’t tell you how many times I have been reminded things I have said to people I know and some I have barley talked to. Good things and sad to say some not so good.
When you are standing in faith it is your prayer, your words you lean on. Why is that any different any other time of the day? If I say I am sick when I am sick I feel sicker. When I say I am healed I feel the need to act healed and I feel better. If I say I love you when I detest you I feel love towards you. Words have power over your mind. If you say bomb on a plan they arrest you and hold you for questing, because they see it as a threat. How is that any different then when you say “Oh you know June, she wore that horrible sweater last weak, she has no taste and look at her choice in men. She will have nothing but trouble follow her.” You are cursing that person. To God it is the same thing as an attack. You should be held accountable and questioned on that as well. And what if she by chance hears that she believes it and then thus she makes it true. Sure you didn’t mean harm but what good did it do talking badly about another? If you talk about her you probably talk about others too. It doesn’t make you trust worthy for one.
Maybe you don’t gossip, but your negative? Not to others but your self. “I hate my looks, I am so ugly, no one will want me.” You’re cursing your self and preventing yourself from growth, victory, and joy. In which, it will condemn you to depression!
WORDS are powerful. I stand on God’s words in with I read in my King James, Bible called “The Word” by Kenneth Copeland’s team. The Dr’s said to my parents at my age of 2 mouths, and at age 12 I was to die. They condemned me to live no longer. However, my parents claimed Life over me, with their WORDS and prayed, believing the WORD of God and here I am 27 years old and still alive.
The devil puts thoughts in our heads, yet he cannot read our minds, good thing to remember. So if we do not speak negative he has no hold. If we speak positive and in Jesus’s name. We have power. We can heal or kill with our words. Words leave a mark in everyone’s lives and scars. So watch not only what you say to yourself but what you say to others, and what you confess out loud. Do not give the devil any more power then he already has with his lies. Do not Cures, but Bless!!! WATCH YOUR MOUTH!
▸ Exodus 4:15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.
▸ Proverbs 19:28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
▸ Ecclesiastes 5:2 Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.
▸ Ecclesiastes 5:6 Do not let your mouth lead you into sin.
▸ Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing the word of God”
▸ Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
▸ Psalms 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
▸ James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
▸ Matthew 12: 33-37 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
▸ Mathew 15:18-19 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
4. Guard your Ears’ form evil.
What you hear goes into your heart. If you hear Christian music and positive lyrics you are thus in a better mood then if you spend your day listening to songs with lyrics that are verbally bashing and hateful. My x fiancee is sadly proof of this. I was in a good mood with good thoughts where he was angry and resentful, until he started changing what he listened to. This also falls under guarding your words. It is also equally important to guard what words come into you.
Things’ people tell you can scar you, or bless you! What you hear goes to your heart. Angry words, hurtful words can hurt you physically. Especially if you carry them with you. (Which you should not do. One needs to forgive and let go) Do not let yourself be cursed. Only listen to things and people that will bless you. Such as radio shows, movies, tv shows, animes, audio books, and people. Hear with your heart and soul, want to lean and grow, and you will. A good way to use your ears to grow is ready your bible out loud to yourself when you have your bible study time.
▸ Mark 4:9 Then Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
▸ Matthew 13:43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
▸ Genesis 21:6 Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”
▸ Deuteronomy 4:36 From heaven he made you hear his voice to discipline you. On earth he showed you his great fire, and you heard his words from out of the fire.
▸ Deuteronomy 6:3 Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you.
5. Guard your home from Evil.
Evil has ways of sneaking into you home through movies, books, cd’s, things, and even on people. Watch what you let in your home. Your home is your rock and can easily be tainted. There are countless bible verses about one’s home. Home country, home city, and home as in a house.
One’s home is a very important place. A home is the place where: a person, family, or household lives; where somebody was born or raised or feels that he or she belongs; the place where something originated or is based; a place where a person or animal can find refuge and safety or live in security; last but not least an establishment where somebody who is in need of care, rest, or medical attention can stay or find help. Homes are very important, and you can have more the one. You may think of a friend’s house, work, school, or another place as a second home.
You would not bring in a person you know to have murdered, to a place where your family, or a beloved lives would you? No, so why would you bring things you know are harmful in one way or another into your home? I am not saying all things are evil. I am saying use common sense, and think about the long term and the whole picture. Your home is your Tabernacle, Your body is your temple. We get baptized to anoint our body for God, Jesus, the holy spirt to move in!
If you or someone in you home: is ill a lot, depressed, very stressed, feel heavy all the time. You should anoint your house and pray.
- Don’t bring things into you home that you ADORE you may accidently turn it into an Idol if you dwell on it too much. Example: Band, Movie, Anime, Actor – posters.
- Don’t bring in a gift or borrowed item from a person who is not a Christian and especially if you think they are into un-Christian things. Such as Wicca and New age, etc. You do not know what has attached itself to the item!
- Do not buy something from a foreign country if you do not have peace touching it.
- Do not invite people who are Wicca, New age, ect into your home. Not only will you open the door to trouble, but things most certainly will be attached to them but they also can leave things with you or cures your home.
Witch craft is very real! Do not doubt the power of the devil! But remember God’s Power is stronger!
▸ 2 Samuel 12:20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
▸ 2 Samuel 7:10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning .
▸ 2 Samuel 6:20 When David returned home to bless his household
▸ 1 Chronicles 16:43 Then all the people left, each for his own home, and David returned home to bless his family.
▸ Psalm 84:3 Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest but he blesses the home of the righteous.
▸ Isaiah 32:18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.
▸ Matthew 10:12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting.
▸ Matthew 10:13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.
▸ Luke 18:14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
▸ 2 Timothy 3:6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,
▸ John 14:23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
▸ Deuteronomy 7:26 Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.
▸ Exodus 30:26 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony.
▸ Exodus 40:9
And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the vessels thereof: and it shall be holy.
▸ Exodus 39:38 And the golden altar, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the tabernacle door,
▸ Exodus 31:11 And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do.
▸ Numbers 19:20 But if a person who is unclean does not purify himself, he must be cut off from the community, because he has defiled the sanctuary of the LORD. The water of cleansing has not been sprinkled on him, and he is unclean.
▸ 1 Samuel 2:30 “Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and your father’s house would minister before me forever.’ But now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.
▸ Leviticus 16:30 because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the LORD, you will be clean from all your sins.
▸ 2 Kings 23:24 Furthermore, Josiah got rid of the mediums and spiritists, the household gods, the idols and all the other detestable things seen in Judah and Jerusalem. This he did to fulfill the requirements of the law written in the book that Hilkiah the priest had discovered in the temple of the LORD.
6. Pray and study the Bible daily
It is important that we feed our souls with the word. Daily is best, morning, night, whenever you can. It makes your day and your time better and go smoother. If you have your study time in the morning your soul is fed early and you are more prepared for the battles a normal and not so normal day may bring on. You are starting your day with faith. If one does not study God’s word, or pray how can one grow and improve? It is not easy to keep with it, the Devil will try and distract you. But putting on your armor (praying) and taking up your sword (the Bible) you are ready for the day (ongoing battles) . You will have more peace, wisdom, and love for others. It is never easy and never will be. Know this should help prepare your self. But it is always worth it.
▸ 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
▸ Psalm 119:148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
▸ Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
▸ Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
▸ Ephesians 6: 12 -18 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
7. Be a living example.
We are watched, we are living in glass homes so to speak. Everywhere we go, all we do is being watched by others. Even those we love watch us. We are held accountable to what we say and do. We are looked upon as examples of a Christian and a person who has a personal relationship with God. People are moved by examples. If we have peace in a bad situation, if we show love where love doesn’t seem to be deserved, if we show forgiveness to those who wronged us, if we stand up for what is right. We can change lives. We need to do all the above for ourselves, for those we love and more importantly for those who need and a good example of God’s overflowing Love!
In the end we need to all use common sense when living. Follow the Laws of out country and look for the peace inside.. If you do not have peace about something get away. You know that little uneasy feeling you get when your doing something wrong or planing on it. Well it shows up at other times too. It is called discernment and it guides you. So listen and follow it. I know it is not always easy to hear it, that is when we need to wait on a decision and pray about it till we get peace or a no!
▸ Mark 13:23 So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.
▸ Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the house of Israel everything you see.”
▸ Deuteronomy 5:28 The LORD heard you when you spoke to me and the LORD said to me, “I have heard what this people said to you. Everything they said was good.
▸ Deuteronomy 30:14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
▸ Deuteronomy 5:29 Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!
▸ Ephans 6:19-21 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
▸ John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches,” said Jesus. “If a man abides in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
▸ Ex 20:3-4 (NIV) “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.”
▸ 2 Kings 17:15 (NIV) They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their fathers and the warnings he had given them. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do,” and they did the things the Lord had forbidden them to do.
▸ James 4:7-10 (Phi) Be humble then before God… You are sinners: get your hands clean again. Your loyalty is divided: get your hearts made true once more. You should be deeply sorry, you should be grieved, you should even be in tears. Your laughter will have to become mourning, your high spirits will have to become dejection. You must humble yourself in the sight of the Lord before he will lift you up.
▸ Ezekeal 36:25 (NIV) “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.”
▸ 1 John 5:21 (NIV) Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
▸ Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O Jehovah, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders? for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
▸ Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
▸ Ephesians 6: 23-24 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.