What Type of Christian Are You?

Hello Peeps!

Today I have two short clips to give you a dose of encouragement today. The first clip is about 4 types of Christians. I don’t know who the speaker is, however, please watch as he describes these four types and then ask yourself which type are you?

The last clip I have for you today is also another dose of encouragement by Dr. G. A. Lechuti. In this short clip, he talks about how we ought to view certain things in our lives based on how we think about ourselves in light of any circumstances we may face. I pray that as you watch these videos, may your spirit be encouraged if you are feeling low today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀


Testing the Spirit of a Person

Hello Peeps!

Today, I want to talk about something along the lines of building on Spiritual Discernment by learning to test the spirit of a person. What do I mean when I say that we should test the spirit of a person? Before I even tell you what I mean by that, let’s look at this verse of Scripture from the book of 1 John:

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1 John 4: 1-6 (NKJV)

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of Godand every spirit that does not confess that[a] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

As you can see, a person who does not confess nor believe that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh and is God is NOT a Christian. Such people are labeled as having the spirit of the Antichrist.

Now going back to what I was talking about with respect to spiritual discernment, how can we tell if someone is a “True Believer of  Jesus Christ” (a Christian) and when someone is masquerading as one?

You can only know this by testing a person’s spirit with the Word of God (The BIBLE) as your Standard and also by assessing their FRUITS. There are people who come into churches as wolves in sheep’s clothing, and therefore, it is imperative that as Christians we learn to discern and identify the characters of individuals that are pretentious in their conduct, who also try to target innocent and unsuspecting believers to stray from the path that God wants them to go.

Matthew 7:15-16 [Full Chapter]

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits ] “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

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Even in The Book of Timothy, we are forewarned to be aware of such characters that creep into our lives and into the Church if you take a look at this scripture:

2 Timothy 3:1-7 (NKJV)

Perilous Times and Perilous Men

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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These days, we really have to learn to become vigilant and seek to increase our knowledge of The WORD for ourselves rather than relying on a Sunday service to get our Bible fix. How can one increase in DISCERNMENT if you don’t feed your spirit with the TRUTH that is found in God’s Word (THE BIBLE)? Discernment doesn’t just happen. You can only discern the difference between what is True and what is False when you have acquired enough knowledge and life experience to be able to distinguish the difference between a fake versus the genuine article. That’s why it is so important that as Christians, we are not complacent and that we are active in our faith by reading and meditating on the Word (The Bible) for ourselves. Even the Bible instructs us to do this in The Book of Joshua:

Joshua 1:8 [Full Chapter]

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in itFor then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

31d10-godNow going back to the topic of testing the spirit of a person…what exactly do I mean by that? You now know that discernment is definitely required in order to do this. When you sense that someone is off, that gut feeling you get is most likely the Holy Spirit convicting your spirit (the inner man) to be aware of something that you would not otherwise have been aware of by your own level of understanding and experience. People can be conniving and pretentious around you, and the only way to be able to discern when someone is off is by Testing their spirit

You must be wondering what does “testing the spirit” mean and how does one go about testing the spirit” of a person? Let me change the phrase to make you understand what it is that I’m talking about…. “testing the spirit of a person” is the same thing as “testing the personality and character of a person”.

Now that you understand what I mean, how does one go about testing the spirit of a person” you must be wondering? Well, I will only talk about this based on my personal experience. For me, when I notice that someone is off, I watch and observe them for a long long period of time to assess whether they are consistent in their conduct, deeds, actions, and also watch to see if they remain consistent with the things that they say and confess out of their mouths. The Holy Spirit has always alerted/prompted me to when someone is off by making me notice things that I would not have otherwise picked up if I had relied on my general senses.

The Holy Spirit prompts me to notice the following when assessing a person’s Character and behavioural patterns:

  • Does a person’s words match their Image result for lie detectoractions? If they do not…then are they not dishonest and/or untrustworthy? Why stand for wishy washy behaviour?
  • Does a person give you a half-baked answer or half-truth when asking them a direct question? You’ve got to ask yourself: What are they trying to conceal or hide if they aren’t telling you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? It should be identified that a half-truth is a lie…period.
  • If a person uses flattery in their speech, are they being genuine with their words or are they being pretentious and disingenuous with their answers? Why flatter you with sweet nothing with their words? What is the purpose of their flattery? Is the purpose of their flattery to gain unfair advantage or favour over another person (i.e. sucking up)? Is it honest admiration or is the intention to flatter you with sweet-nothings in their words to boost your ego and pride in order to gain advantage or receive favour from you? Must someone suck up to you just in order to make it in the world? Ask yourself these questions people!
  • When a person is crafty (key word here people), they appeal to the emotions of an unsuspecting person who lacks the discernment to figure out that they’re being played and toyed around with. If you are a “needy” person as an individual, you will be vulnerable to such a person that knows how to manipulate you into doing something you would not otherwise do if you had decided to remain in your “right mind”.
  • When a person operates with double-standards… You’ve got to ask yourself: “how can a person be one way in one instance, and then be a completely different person in another instance?” These are tell-tale signs of a “Double-minded man/woman”.
    he is a doubleminded man, unstable in all his ways.
  • When a person is self-seeking and self-serving for attention, favour, benefits without character; they will be the kinds of people that are quick to betray your confidence in them if it means that they can move up the ladder in the world regardless of the consequences for their actions. Some people in the workplace will even take credit for work that they didn’t even do in order to satisfy their selfish ambition, all because of their self-seeking and selfish behaviour. Do you know someone with these types of character traits in your life?
  • If a person loves money over people…believe me when I say that they are untrustworthy in all the things that they do. They are the people that most likely would have a seared conscience with respect to how they obtain their wealth if greed is a strong motivating factor for doing the things that they do in order to obtain their lust for money, wealth, prestige and anything attached to that lust.

The Holy Spirit provides us with the ability to discern individuals and their characters; however, we can only increase in discernment when we learn from our experiences when relating to different types of individuals that we encounter during our walk in life.

Image result for sharpening your discernmentI have met a lot of people in my life from a young age where many were either diplomats, business people from Fortune 500 companies etc, including just regular folk in my day-to-day life, and can tell you that when you seek God to grant you the discernment to be able to tell the difference between someone who is for you from someone who is against you, you’ll be surprised with what you can live through. When I got saved at the age of 16, my discernment level was extremely sharpened to the degree that I could identify who was coming against my family, and I would always forewarn my family members to not trust certain individuals nor entertain some crazy characters that would come to the house as “family friends”. The Lord even opened up my eyes to such a degree in that I could immediately tell who was operating with a spirit of witchcraft. When such individuals could identify that they were not fooling either me or my twin sister with their shenanigans, they found it difficult to operate with the devices that they tried to use to harm my family in some way.

Image result for conniving peopleWhen you seek God to open up your eyes to see things beyond “Face Value” and ask Him to sharpen your spiritual discernment, the Lord will grant you your request; however, I should say this as a disclaimer: you should keep in mind that once the Lord opens your spiritual and physical eyes to see things, be prepared to handle that which you do see. Some people want discernment but don’t understand what will happen once they receive it. Your entire world view and perspective will drastically change; however, you will become a wiser person in the long run when it comes to dealing with all types of people that exhibit various types of personalities. The best book that I’ve ever read regarding the topic of discernment is by Roberts Liardon called Sharpening Your Discernment I still recommend that book today if anybody wants to grow stronger in this area of their lives. That book is the best book I’ve ever read regarding this topic of Spiritual Discernment. You will learn so much from it and I guarantee that you’ll grow stronger and wiser in terms of your relationships with other people after reading it. As Christians, especially those who experience Spiritual Warfare, this is one area in your life that you must seek to grow strong in if you want to be successful with dealing with people you encounter in your life. Spiritual Discernment will enable you to make wise decisions and life choices as you go about your everyday business, Amen!

To end this post I’m posting this song by Zoe Grace called Blowing Kisses. I pray that it blesses your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀

Source of My Joy

Hello Peeps!

Happy Sunday! I just wanted to post this awesome song by Zoe Grace called  Source of My Joy.  This song is so upbeat that I know you’ll like it. If you’re feeling low, this song will pick you up. God is the source of my Joy. When life gives you lemons, God gives us a joy that is unspeakable to make lemonade. When you think you’re in the worst situation, God is able to turn around what was meant for evil for your good, because you love Him. I pray that this song blesses your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀

Genesis 50:20 (NKJV)

20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

Nehemiah 8:10 [Full Chapter]

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Integrity is NOT Easy – Part 3 (Final)

In the last post, I was at Job 41 where I discussed Leviathan briefly. If you study this particular chapter, it describes Leviathan’s characteristics intricately and I found the last verse of scripture interesting when it states the following in Job 41:34:

He beholds every high thing;
He is king over all the children of pride.”

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Leviathan is King over all the Children of PRIDE. This is a very important note to take concerning the spirit of Leviathan. Those that operate with a spirit of PRIDE in their lives are referred to as the Children of PRIDE where Leviathan is the King and Father of PRIDE (a.k.a Satan/Lucifer). Those that operate with such a spirit often mock those that operate with a Spirit of HUMILITY which comes from God through the power of the Holy Spirit. If you think about it, Job was being tested for his character that he bore throughout his trials and tribulations to see if he would act out in PRIDE or defiance towards God, but Job chose to remain humble and steadfast despite his dire circumstances. One thing I like about Job was that he embraced his humility and refused to answer with a prideful tongue over his circumstances nor did he blame God for all these calamities that were befalling him.

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How many of us know that some of us would probably blame God for our misfortunes if things go down the wrong way in our lives? It would be nice to assume that we’d never speak against God when we face horrible circumstances…but we don’t know who or how we really would be, until we are faced with such circumstances that test our very own CHARACTERS.

When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.

By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom.

In Job 42the Lord was angry with Job’s so-called friends and spoke to Eliphaz in Job 42:7-8:

And so it was, after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.

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So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord commanded them; for the Lord had accepted Job10 And the Lord restored Job’s losses[a] when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the Lord had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold. 

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Double for my Trouble!

The result of Job’s faithfulness to withstand all these tests from the Adversary was that the Lord restored Job’s losses and received DOUBLE FOR HIS TROUBLE. His friends would not have been forgiven had not Job prayed and interceded for his friends. That is a very important thing to note here because sometimes, people remain cursed if they are not repentant nor have sought to right the wrongs they have made against their brother or sister through their actions. Sometimes, some curses that operate in people’s lives remain until they have righted a wrong. People may not believe in the reality of curses… but, believe me when I say, that such curses do exist and they can become generational in nature if one fails to repent of the wrong done to another. It is only through repentance, renunciation and confession that one can be set free from a potential generational curseJob’s friends did the right thing by restoring Job’s honor with their gifts of repentance signified by their offering of silver and a ring of Gold in Job 42:11. The Lord rebuked his friends and chastised them for running their mouths against Job when they spoke in ignorance concerning what was really going on with Job. It is clear to me that they had no concept of the realities of SPIRITUAL WARFARE that Job faced and could only run their mouths feeling self-righteous and justified in their accusations against Job. 

Image result for Job's trialsSometimes, as people, we should learn never to be presumptuous about another person’s affair when we don’t know the full scope of their story. It is better to stay quiet rather than to speak out of ignorance trying to make sense of a person’s trial or tribulation. Sometimes you may find yourself with friends that are trying to be well meaning to understand what you’re going through, but sometimes, they really ought to just shut up if they don’t know what’s really going on with you, especially if they are inexperienced in the realities of SPIRITUAL WARFAREJob faced severe Spiritual Warfare and learned a great deal about how to remain HUMBLE when facing such a Spiritual Storm. Not many Christians know how to endure such trials to the end, so it is important to highlight the realities of SPIRITUAL WARFARE so that no Christian can put their head in the sand when things start going south for the winter in their lives thinking that these things will simply go away without a fight. Job’s fight was intensely Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual, so as Christians, we must learn a lot from JOB’s experiences is my real message today. NO ONE is exempt from experiencing SPIRITUAL WARFARE so Christians, BUCK UP!

The ending of for JOB was one filled with rejoicing if you take a look at the concluding verses of scripture in Job 42:12-17 9 [The Final Chapter]:

12 Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. 13 He also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first Jemimah, the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-Happuch. 15 In all the land were found no women so beautiful as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.

16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. 17 So Job died, old and full of days.

Image result for Job's trialsJob’s ending was nothing short of VICTORIOUS! This story is so amazing in that Job teaches us that we should remain steadfast in our Faith to God no matter what trials or tribulations we face, for when we do, God blesses us in the fullness of Time after we have done all to Stand. I pray that as you meditate on Job’s life experience filled with various adversities through my 3-Part Posts, you will look back at your own life and search deep within yourself to find areas where you need to develop and increase in your faith in God so that when trouble does come, you will have the Faith to Stand firm and not be moved by what you see, hear or experience. Remember: God has not forsaken you.

Hebrews 13:5 [Full Chapter]

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.

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GOD will never leave you nor forsake you, so remember that fact, whenever you find yourself doubting whether or not God is with you in your dire circumstances. Keep praying and keep believing in God even when the World taunts you and discourages you. It is that steadfast faith that brought Job Double for his Trouble. The same can be applied to you if you just learn to believe, Amen!

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

To finish this post with a bang I wanted to post this song by Israel Houghton called Reckless Love. The beat of this song is just phenomenal and I pray that this post blesses you today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀

Integrity is NOT Easy – Part 2

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As a continuation from my previous post, I want to continue on this journey with Job and the things that he had to endure while remaining steadfast in his Faith in God. Some people can go through trials and forget God along the way or worse yet, deny Him and forsake Him. Job had countless opportunities to forsake his faith in God, but he held onto his integrity because he knew that what he was enduring was not of God. Clearly, Satan had petitioned many trials for Job to face just to get him to deny the Lord’s name. As Christians, we sometimes need to learn to remain quiet  with respect to another person’s plight and not be presumptuous about why someone is facing certain tribulations in their life. There are moments when we all will get tested in one way or another regarding where we stand in our faith in God. However, those that endure to the end, will receive a great reward, and this is why I want to explore Job’s mentality throughout the whole situation he was in. So let me continue on with what Job did in this list as I scour through the chapters.

18. In Job 19Job chooses to trust in his Redeemer. When all else fails you, who else do you have to rely on except the King of kings?! Job’s friends were not reliable at all so Job remains anchored in his faith to God to relieve him of his situation.

19. In Job 20 – Job’s friend Zophar gives a sermon on “The Wicked Man”. It seems like he’s insinuating that Job has some an area of wickedness in him that could be the cause of all the calamities befalling on Job. Again… Zophar is incredibly presumptuous. This is what it’s like to have an “un-friendly friend” people. Sometimes the closest people you have in your life can disappoint you the greatest, especially when what you want from them is genuine support. Be aware that the friends you have in your life aren’t perfect human beings so don’t expect too much from them in the first place if you want to avoid being disappointed by them.

20. In Job 21 Job gives a discourse on the Wicked. He says his two cents worth to his friends as I’m sure he’s tired of their mockery. It’s clear to him that his friends can’t see the errors of their judgment towards Job and nor can they see how presumptuous they are in trying to understand Job’s plight. Sometimes it’s best to keep quiet with respect to another person’s crisis rather than sounding off your opinion on the matter if you really don’t know what’s going on with that person’s situation. However, in this case, Job’s friends continue to mock and ridicule Job feeling like they understand his circumstances when really, they do not.

21. In Job 22 Eliphaz accuses Job of “Wickedness”. You’ll be surprised with what you can live through. Even your closest friends can disappoint you to no end when they start to point the finger at you and accuse you for doing something that you’ve never done to warrant all these bad tidings. Sometimes people need to shut up if they don’t understand what’s really going on with you. There is this saying that I think Eliphaz needed to take heed to when I read this scripture…and that is… “If you’ve got nothing good to say, then don’t say it!”. Need I say more?….

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22. In Job 23 Job proclaims God’s righteous judgments.

23. In Job 24 Job complains about the violence on the earth as he references the plight and injustices experienced by the widows, the orphans (fatherless), and the poor and needy, from the crimes of the thief, the murderer, and the adulterer. There are too many injustices that Job complains about in this chapter.

24. In Job 25 – Bildad, Job’s friend asks him how man can be righteous?

25. In Job 26 Job answers Bildad by talking about man’s frailty and God’s Majesty.

26.  In Job 27 – Job maintains his integrity despite all the things his friends have said to him. He also continues to clarify what the portion of the wicked man who heaps up treasures for him/herself is what will be given to those who are righteous and the innocent will divide the silver if you read verses Job 27:16 – 17:

16 Though he heaps up silver like dust,
And piles up clothing like clay—
17 He may pile it up, but the just will wear it,
And the innocent will divide the silver.

27.  In Job 28 – Job gives his discourse concerning “Wisdom”. He claims in verse 13, that man does not know the value of Wisdom nor is it found in the land of the living (Job 28:13). In Job 28:23Job tells us that:God understands its way, And He knows its place” and that finally in: Job 28:28 – And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.’”

28. In Job 29 Job gives a summary of his defense as he mentions his good deeds.

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29. In Job 30, 31  Job continues on with his summary of his defense and cries out to God regarding his calamities. He also continues to seek God to show him where he his done wrong so that he can right it as he continues to search for the reason as to why he’s facing all these troubles.

30. In Job 32Elihu contradicts Job’s friends. He is younger than Job’s friends and was busy listening to their arguments to justify Job’s plight and was seemingly annoyed and ticked off about their presumptuous answers that offered no consolation or empathy to Job’s calamities.

31. In Job 33  Elihu contradicts Job and tells him that he isn’t righteous in: Job 33:12 – “Look, in this you are not righteous. I will answer you, For God is greater than man. Elihu tries to act like he’s empathizing but he seems to have doubts about Job’s righteousness.

32. In Job 34 Elihu proclaims God’s justice and tries to argue that the justice of God is unlike the justice provided by men. The scales are just too different to be weighed out by man’s opinion alone.

33. In Job 35 – Elihu condemns self-righteousness

Image result for Job's trials33. In Job 36 – Elihu proclaims God’s goodness and declares that God gives justice to the oppressed in Job 36:6. Elihu also proclaims of God’s majesty in the same chapter as he declares in (Job 36:26“Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him; Nor can the number of His years be discovered). He also states that hypocrites store up wrath for themselves and that their lives end among the perverted persons as the Lord delivers the poor from their affliction and opens their ears in their oppression (Job 36:13-15). Elihu also proclaims God’s majesty in the same chapter. 

34. In Job 37 – Elihu continues his discourse regarding God’s majesty. In  verses 23-24 – it appears that Elihu insinuates to Job that he should not think himself as wise of heart for God does not show partiality.

23 As for the Almighty, we cannot find Him;
He is excellent in power,
In judgment and abundant justice;
He does not oppress.
24 Therefore men fear Him;
He shows no partiality to any who are wise of heart.”

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35. In Job 38 and 39 – The Lord reveals His Omnipotence to Job. It seems to me that in verses 2-3 the Lord seems to be rebuking Job’s friends regarding their presumptuous attitudes towards Job’s plight.

Job 38:2-3

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

“Who is this who darkens counsel. By words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.

36. In Job 40 – The Lord answers Job and asks him the following in versus 1-2:

40 Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said: “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who rebukes God, let him answer it.”

Job responds to the Lord’s question and says in Job 40:4-5:

“Behold, I am vile;
What shall I answer You?
I lay my hand over my mouth.
Once I have spoken, but I will not answer;
Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”

God then proceeds to challenge Job with various questions in Job 40:6-24I find it interesting that the Lord mentions Behemoth in Job 40:15:

“Look now at the behemoth,[a] which I made along with you;
He eats grass like an ox.


Behemoth – The Hippopotamus aka the Water Ox

Side Note: Behemoth [N] [H] [S]( Job 40:15-24 ). Some have supposed this to be an Egyptian word meaning a “water-ox.” The Revised Version has here in the margin “hippopotamus,” which is probably the correct rendering of the word. The word occurs frequently in Scripture, but, except here, always as a common name, and translated “beast” or “cattle.” 

Info Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/behemoth/

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Satan as Leviathan

And he also mentions Leviathan in Job 41:1:

“Can you draw out Leviathan[a] with a hook,
Or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?

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Leviathan – The Crocodile

Side Note: Leviathan [N] [T] [B] [E](jointed monster ) occurs five times in the text of the Authorized Version, and once in the margin of ( Job 3:8 ) where the text has “mourning.” In the Hebrew Bible the word livyathan , which is, with the foregoing exception, always left untranslated in the Authorized Version, is found only in the following passages: ( Job 3:8 ; 41:1 ; Psalms 74:14 ; 104:26 ; Isaiah 27:1 ) In the margin of ( Job 3:8 ) and text of ( Job 41:1 ) the crocodile is most clearly the animal denoted by the Hebrew word. ( Psalms 74:14 ) also clearly points to this same saurian. The context of ( Psalms 104:26 ) seems to show that in this passage the name represents some animal of the whale tribe, which is common in the Mediterranean; but it is somewhat uncertain what animal is denoted in (Isaiah 27:1 ) As the term leviathan is evidently used in no limited sense, it is not improbable that the “leviathan the piercing serpent,” or “leviathan the crooked serpent,” may denote some species of the great rock-snakes which are common in south and west Africa.

Info source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/smiths-bible-dictionary/leviathan.html

Clearly, the Lord is indicating to Job the true source of his afflictions and plight for his faithfulness and righteousness. God knows that Job will overcome this season of trial and testing initiated by the Adversary.

….to be continued onto Part 3 of this post.

Integrity is NOT Easy – Part 1

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I just wanted to reflect on the Biblical character of Job who was tested in many ways in his life so that his integrity could be compromised. Who said that leading a lifestyle with integrity was easy has to be a liar. In NO way is living a life filled with integrity easy. There are so many things found in this world that are geared at enticing us to stray from our moral and godly compass, that we literally have to guard our hearts and minds as is written in the following scripture:

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Philippians 4:6-8 (NKJV)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Meditate on These Things

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthymeditate on these things.

Satan wants us as Christians to not hold fast to what is True; to what is Noble; to what is Just; to what is Pure; to what is Lovely; to whatever is of a Good Report; and to anything that has Virtue or is Praiseworthy. These are the things that we must hold fast to with respect to maintaining a Godly Character as Christians. If we knock out these virtues at anytime in our walk with God, we compromise our very own INTEGRITY. Job knew that holding onto his integrity would come at a huge cost, but his Faith in God allowed him to endure various trials and tribulations that allowed God to bless Him. Because the story of Job is pretty long, I’m going to have to separate his trials into 2 or 3 posts. So here is Part 1.

What were the trials that Job faced?:

1. In Job 1:6-12 – Satan attacked Job’s Character.

2. In Job 1:13-22Job loses his property to the Sabeans through armed robbery as they also killed his servants in the process; and all of Job’s children perish in his house as a strong wind blew the house down and crushed all the children who were in it.

But what was Job’s response to this tragedy? It was praise:

Job 1:20-22 (NKJV)

20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

3. Related imageIn Job 2:1-10 – Satan attacks Job’s health. The calamity that befell him regarding his health even got his wife to speak against God in verse Job 2:9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”.

However, Job did not listen to his wife and called her foolish for he refused to curse God with his lips in:

 Job 2:10 – 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

In Job 2:11-13Job’s three friends – Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite all came to visit Job and mourn with him as they witnessed the calamities that Job was experiencing while choosing to remain steadfast in his unwavering faith to God. In looking at what Job was going through, you’ve got to ask yourself this question as a Christian: Was this the price of holding onto one’s integrity? Is it really worth it? …

4. In Job 3:1- 26Job deplores his birth. Basically, it’s as if he regrets the day he was born and kind of goes on with a long lamentation regarding the worth of his life in this long mournful speech. Depression is very real here my friends. When you see your Christian brother or sister suffering, it’s not like as if they want to suffer just for simply doing the “right thing”. The world has many temptations that could lead us to opt out of being a Christian when times get tough and we could simply sell our souls out to the devil when we hit rock bottom, but what I find to be amazing about Job, is that he still chose to endure to the end and God blessed him for his faithfulness.

5. In Job 4 Job’s friend Eliphaz assumes that Job’s problems are due to some sin that Job has committed. Eliphaz is indeed incredibly presumptuous to assert to this conclusion.

6.  In Job 5 – Job’s friend Eliphaz continues with his presumptions by claiming that Job is being chastened by the Lord. How many of you have had that “One” friend, who watches you go through hell and starts accusing you of having done something wrong to deserve all the calamities that keep going your way? Eliphaz epitomizes such a friend that is indeed presumptuous and talks back with an attitude of self-righteousness since they can’t seem to understand this one thing that sometimes – Bad things happen to good people. 

7. In Job 6Job ignores his friends presumptuous behaviour and declares that his complaints are just. Just because Eliphaz doesn’t understand why Job is going through this hell, doesn’t mean that he should point the finger at Job by claiming that there must be some hidden sin Job has committed for all these bad things to be happening to him.

8. In Job 7Job feels that his suffering is comfortless. I mean, can you blame him for thinking that way though? With friends like Eliphaz, who needs enemies huh?!

9. In Job 8 Bildad, Job’s other friend suggests that Job should repent. Again, his other friend is no better than Eliphaz. Both of them are presumptuous to Job’s trials.

10. In Job 9 – Upon hearing Bildad’s suggestions to repent for something Job hasn’t done, Job begins to feel like there is no mediator to his cause. Wouldn’t you feel the same way when going through this hell? Job’s friends are simply not helping this situation at all!

11. In Job 10Job chooses to plead with God to either intercede in his situation or to take away his life. At this point, Job is in dire straights. He has comfortless friends… and is definitely feeling all alone through this trial. Will God answer to his prayers and lamentations? 

12. In Job 11Zophar, Job’s third friend urges Job to Repent. The question is, what does Job need to repent of? As far as God is concerned, Job is in right-standing and is blameless… but Job’s friends still assume that Job has some “hidden sin” that he may have failed to repent of, and thus assume, that if Job repents of that “hidden sin”, all of these calamities should end. Isn’t that still presumptuous though?

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Job with his “so called” friends Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar

13. In Job 12, 13, and 14 – Job chooses to answer to his critics (his friendsEliphaz, Bildad and Zophar). He rebukes them for their mockery and ridicule, and also maintains that he is not inferior to them in Job 12:3. Job then gives a despondent prayer in Job 13: 20 -28.

14. In Job 15 Job’s friend Eliphaz accuses Job of Folly. It is pretty clear that Job’s friends are not convinced that Job’s trials and tribulations were not brought on him without cause. Job cannot believe his friends accusations.

15. In Job 16Job reproaches his pitiless friends. Clearly, Job’s friends have not walked a mile in Job’s shoes, and therefore, can come up with various reasons as to why Job is going through hell at the moment. Not once did any of them consider Job to be blameless and without cause for the trials he has had to endure.

Image result for Job's trials16. In Job 17 – Job prays for relief. He is at a point where he is reaching rock bottom with respect to his sanity. When you have no one supporting you as all hell breaks loose in your life, you can feel very isolated and alone that you will start to think suicidal thoughts in such dire moments. Many times does Job cry out to God for God to take his life. He is certainly feeling suicidal at this point. I mean, there comes a point when one realizes that Enough is Enough!

17. In Job 18 Bildad doesn’t like the fact that Job isn’t listening to their accusations and feels like Job is pointing to his friends as the “Bad guys” who feel like they’re informing Job of where his problem lies in Job 18: 1-4. Have you ever had a friend that pinned the blame on you for the trials that you face even though the circumstances surrounding you are not by your own fault or making? This is what it’s like to have an “unfriendly – friend” by your side. Again, I say, who needs enemies when you have friends like Job’s?

Jobs Trials to be Continued in Part 2

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Do Not Be Controlled By These 5 Things

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I have this short video of Josiah Ruff who is Christian singer and vocal artist talking about not being controlled by 5 things he believes are important to lead a fulfilling life. I felt like the 5 points he had about what not to be controlled by was amazing and I believe it’ll minister to you today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀

Romans 12:2 [Full Chapter]

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Pounding Away Spiritual Sleepiness

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I don’t know about you, but the weather is not normal these days. I don’t think that we’re going to have an actual “Spring” this year. It’s April and it looks like the tundra has moved in… I’m praying that the weather gets warmer in the coming days because this is unprecedented and unbelievable at the same time. Don’t you agree people!?

Anyways, today, I wanted to post this short video of Evangelist/Director Taj Pacleb of Revelation of Hope Ministries in Hawaii speaking about an unprecedented fire that swept through his neighborhood and burned down his home. It was an unfortunate event but he learned a lesson from this ordeal and wanted to preach about how we too have little time here on Earth before the world passes away. We cannot assume that we have all the time in the World to get right with God when time waits for no man. We should not be spiritually asleep as Christians, because we should always remain vigilant, alert and ready for the things to come since the days are getting shorter and our time here on Earth needs to be well spent in sharing the message of Salvation for those that don’t know Jesus. God is still in the business of saving His children from the paths that lead to destruction and shift them to walk into the path that leads to eternal life, Amen! I pray that you’ll think about that today as you watch this clip. God Bless You Everybody! 😀

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Mark 13:31-33 (NKJV)

31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

No One Knows the Day or Hour

32 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.

Matthew 24:35-37 (NKJV)

35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

No One Knows the Day or Hour

36 But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[a] but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

The Measure of Your Life – Tragedy into Triumph

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Related imageI have this short inspirational video of Inqouris “Inky” Johnson’s testimony. For those of you that don’t know who he is, Inky is an American motivational speaker and former college football player. His football career ended in 2006 at the University of Tennessee with an injury that permanently paralyzed his right arm. Despite that tragedy that Inky experienced, he went on to study psychology and is now a motivational speaker at schools, community centers and ceremonies throughout the United States. He has been the keynote speaker at numerous events, including the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony (Info Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inky_Johnson).

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Image result for inky johnsonThe thing I loved about his speech is with respect to where he put most of his expectations and faith in. When certain things we create as mini-idols in our lives are stripped away, you’ve got to ask yourself, what is there that is left? Are the things you are pursuing in life the sum of who you are, or are we simply forgetting that the sum of who we are is in whom we put our faith and trust in? Inky began to realize the fragility of placing your faith in the wrong things and began to see how God remains the same yesterday, today and forever for his life. As you watch this video, remember that many things in this life will pass away, but God will always remain the same. I pray that this video blesses your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀

Put God First! – Denzel Washington

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Related imageI just had to post this short inspirational video of Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington delivering the commencement speech at Dillard University. Denzel told the college graduates to put God first in everything that they do, adding that everything he has accomplished in this life was due to the grace of God. Everything we do in life has to begin with God in mind. God is our beginning and He should be our end in all the things we aspire to do and be. Although this speech was intended for those graduating out of college, all the things he has stated here to the students can be applied to anyone from any walk of life. I pray that as you watch this short clip, may it inspire you to believe in yourself and to understand that where you may have started, doesn’t determine how you’ll finish. Keep pressing forward to the call, and you’ll make it! I pray that this post blesses you today. God Bless You Everybody!

Romans 8:28 [Full Chapter]

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.