Month: August 2016

The devastation

There are different type of devastation.
Devastate is defined as “to destroy a place or a thing completely or cause great damage”
One thing that has been devastated is “liberty”
Liberty which is defined as “the freedom to live as you wish and go where you want.”
In the past few decades the liberty for all as the preamble of the constitution sates:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, established Justice, domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, Do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.”
Has become devastated.
In the 9th amendment of the constitution this is stated:
“The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
Simply states is that the people have some many rights that it would take up pages to list and show them all. Another way of looking at it is that we are all free to live as we please as long as this freedom does not tread upon other people’s freedoms.
Yet this is exactly what is being done.
When someone with the use of the law or the constitution makes others have to be forced into accepting others lifestyles they are impeding their freedom, which is against the constitution. Now that being said. This nation did establish certain laws to guarantee these said freedoms. Unfortunately it took decades for these right to be realized for the entire “We the People.”
Why was there a need to form a “more perfect Union?”
Because there were those that were the rich minority that dictated how all others were to live. These are those that are now called the “one percent,” the “elitist.”
However, we have returned to that point where those in the one percent and are the elitist wish to dictate how the majority is to live.
This is against the constitution and the very reason it was made in the first place. The thing is there are those out there that ask to be told what to do. These people are themselves working against the constitution for they are stating that they wish to enumerate our rights.
How can going from having so many rights to having them limited by for the constitution?
The answer is simple it is not.
Then why do people seek to be ruled, told what to do? Why are they surrendering their right?
I honestly have no idea.
However their desires are infringing upon the rights and freedoms of those that wish to remain free. The thing is more and more seek to be ruled, to be governed. To surrender their freedom.
From the Declaration of Independence we see these words:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.”
Those in Washington and those of the party that denies the very existence of God, as well as any that calls themselves “progressive;” have become a form of government that is destructive to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Destructive to life – the legalization of abortion that has cause the death of near 60 million United States citizen the right that were promised them by the founders
Destruction of liberty – by forcing people to no longer have the freedom of speech and to live their lives as they so desire because a few wish to impose their image of “liberty” on to all other at the cost of the other people’s freedom, but not allow them to live their lives as they so choose.
Destruction of the pursuit of happiness by making it impossible to get jobs and mandating that people become dependent on the government, which is robbing them of the happiness by making them poor and destitute, yet implicating that the real fault is those that have escaped the control of the government as best they can. By imposing mandates that take the hard earned money from those that have a job so that they cannot seek happiness away from the restrains of the government.
By the very fact that they deny God which the founders stated DOES exist in the declaration as shown in these words:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, which among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Yet by saying that someone cannot live as they wish to live. Make a living as they wish to make a living. They are stating that not all of humanity is “created equal.”
Did it take nearly two hundred years to finally make all equal? Yes, but this was caused by those like those now that wish to take freedoms away from others because they do not think as they do. Because they say there is no God we must bow and change to their will.
This was the very reasons our founders did treasonous rebellion against those that repressed them, that took their freedoms, which said they must worship as they worship. That they must live this way within the dictates of a government. This is the very reason this nation came into existence. Because of freedom to worship and acknowledge God as is His right as our Creator.
How can we even attempt to seek our own freedoms if we do not acknowledge God’s freedom to have created us in His image?
This is an honor and a blessing. We are design to compliment and work within nature, and any that oppose this right and oppose nature oppose God.
Does not God deserve the honor and respect of His created children? If not then people deserve to live in tyranny and slavery to the state. A slavery that the last of “all men are created equal” just so recently came to embraced, but now have so quickly surrendered unto the government once again as slaves unto those in Washington and call themselves “progressives,” when in reality they are digressive and wish to rule their slaves like masters of plantations and kingdoms.

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: confusion

I have reached the point this last weekend. I don’t know where to go from here.
I am disappointed in myself due to my sinfulness, but I still pray and believe in God and His Son.
I know I am saved, yet I ever fear of losing this salvation. I came very close once and I never ever wish to encounter that point ever again.
Christ Himself taught about human’s ability to reject Him ever after becoming a part of the vine in John 15.
Many do not wish to see it this way or even reject that losing one’s salvation is possible, but I know from almost losing my salvation that it is a truth that all most come to accept.
Everyone comes to a point in their lives of doubt and confusion. Especially when it comes to faith in God and His Son. I understand this.
When Christ appeared to Thomas, the latter would not believe the statement from the others that had already seen the risen Jesus first hand. He had to see the holes is the wrists of Christ. He has to see the hole of the spear that had been shoved into His heart to show that Jesus had actually passed into the realm of the dead. It is doubt like this that always haunts humanity even those that know God and His Son are real.
I know They are real because I still to this day remember the filling of the Holy Spirit into my body as I came into full acceptance of Jesus as my Savior. That was more than thirty years ago now. Yet I know it was real.
All I want to do is to get those that asked God into their hearts and have turned their backs upon God to awaken to the truth. Yet I know I may only reach a few, but I wish it could be more.
I have no desire to seek the spotlight, for to me only Jesus Christ deserves to be shown. However He would never need any artificial light to show His glory and radiance.
All I know for sure at this moment is that I must continue my blog, for God has blessed me with these words I now type. For as in all things that give Him glory they are inspired by the Holy Ghost, and they would not be coming from me if they were not so inspired.
This is one of those things people just don’t get. They think that these words I type come from me. That I am giving my point of view. Do I react to things I see and hear? Yes. Do these things cause me to desire to write? Yes, but I do not plan what comes from me. I do not rewrite and reform the way things come from me onto the screen of a computer. Many that have seen my blog post will see grammar error and misused words and later after I re-read it once it is post they will change. Why this is, is because I am being led by the Holy Spirit. The words just leave onto the screen going where they wish to lead. I have always written this way and I did most of this after being saved.
Yet as like now I get depressed, discouraged, confused. Because I don’t think people understand. They see a human posting words and assume they are just that. A human posting words.
That is one reason I know I was not meant to reach those that have rejected God, but those that have turned from Him, but have forgotten who it is they have turned too.
He wants them to come before Him unashamed. Yet many stand naked instead of clothed with the white linens of salvation. God loves all humanity, yet is saddened that so many say they are His when in reality they are the worlds. That they have made Him, the Creator of all to appear to be a liar, for they would rather live in the world than to spend billions upon billions of years looking at His creation in His service.
I guess this is one reason I am so confused and depressed.

Learn the Bible, know the Bible

The other day I read a post by someone that had become dumbfounded and surprised when a pastor out right lied.
She knew this on two fronts. First it was an actual personal attack against her since she is a published author, the second was that what he said was not Biblical. However he presented what he said as if it were Biblical fact.
This is not the first time someone of “authority” with a religious organization lied, nor will it be the last.
Please note the use of “authority” in quotation marks. Why this is, is due to one major factor. There is only one being in authority within the church and that is the Trinity. The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
You will also note that the first time I mentioned “authority” it was followed by a reference to “religious organization.”
Religions are human made groups that strive to reach God through their group’s interpretation of the Bible or some other text people ascribe to a religious figure, be they Islamic, Buddhist or some other religious group.
In the case of Christianity it is extremely important to know and understand the Bible. The main reason is of all the “religions” out there only Christianity had the founder of it crucified and then resurrected three days later. Also the fact that over forty prophesies were written in the Old Testament known as the Torah predicting Jesus Christ and what He would do. All were fulfilled. The odds of this happening is 1 in 10 to the 15th power.
So knowing the Bible and understanding the true meaning within the Bible will not allow you to be led down the easy path instead of the narrow and arduous path.
Too many assume that the person within the pulpit, or on the dais of a church is fully prepared and knows full well all that is required to be placed in the spot. This is not necessarily true, as this sister in Christ came to understand.
Then why go to church?
That is an excellent question.
The answer is complicated. We are instructed to gather together within the Bible. Why? To help encourage, strengthen and support our fellow Christians.
I honestly have no idea when it became required to have someone given authority to stand at the front of a congregation of people.
The Bible does state that there will be people given a ministry by God in Ephesians 4. These are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Who to quote:
“Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the body of Christ.”
However it does not say they are to gather in one place and stand before them. Additionally the word pastor means to be like a counselor, again not to stand before them and lead.
Does this mean we are not to go a church at all? If this is the only way you can fellowship with your fellow Christians, then go, but be prepared with the Word of God yourself.
Whenever people do not know the Bible, this is when they are easy to lead astray, down the wide road to destruction.
Too many today do not have a working understanding of the Bible. As a result too many are walking down the wide and easy road, yet they are not even aware that they are.
This is why it is important to read the New Testament and come to understand the words within it. Then once that is done, then explore the Old Testament and come to see how the Torah time and again laid the ground work on what to look for when Jesus Christ would walk amongst us.
But what is more important, is so that you will see when someone attempts to lead you to death and destruction instead of toward the glory and wonders that lay ahead for all that accept Christ in the eternal life that is to come. Allow us to see all the wonders of the creation of God for billions upon billions of years.

Misunderstanding how to view leaders

There are many leaders in this world. There are small group leaders. There is leaders on a city council. There are mayors, governors, and leaders of a nation. There is also leaders within religion.
Over the years I have been alive I have seen something that per the Bible should not be taking place. People are worshipping these leaders. Within religion for example, to be precise, within Catholicism, people actually worship the pope.
This is placing another “god” before the Creator of this universe, the one and true God. Simply, they have broken one of the commandments. Since it is a commandment it is also seen as a very grievous sin. Yet still may do this. They do it without even realizing they are replacing God if they even acknowledge there is a God (just for the record I do believe in God, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.)
Yet I will almost bet if you confront someone with these facts they will either deny it, or cast the “judgment card.” That is a very sad commentary on how these people treat their faith and belief in He that allowed that they should enter into this temporal existence.
If any leader encourages you to worship them. They should be cast out as soon as possible and no longer listened too. That is until sometime they prove that they have changed and are repentant and sorry for they lust of power and control.
But that is only part of the issue. The other part of the issue is those that turn to the creation of God and decide to worship that which was created and not the Creator. These are the people that say things like what was reported by a woman in Louisiana. Saying to a presidential candidate:
“I knew you would come. I knew you would be here for us!”
This is incorrect for someone that acknowledges the existence of God. Did this woman know of or acknowledge there is a God? I have no idea. However for one human to say something like this to another human, a creation of God is against biblical teachings and commandments. Does this woman if she does acknowledge there is a God have an awareness of these instructions within the Bible? Again I have no idea.
I understand the issues in Louisiana with the flooding that has taken place. Their prayer should not be turned to those they can see, but to the One that is ever present.
Now this brings up a point. As we know one of the candidates did go to this terrible situation. The other candidate and the person that holds the office the candidates seek to hold show the other aspect of the coin. Those that demand that they be worshipped and followed without question. These per the Bible display all the signs of worldly leaders. They are haughty and they lord over those that they see as beneath them.
They are a perfect example of why humans should never worship humans for they fall deeper into sin by thinking they are a savior or someone that is better than any other human upon the surface of this planet.
As I have stated before. We are all equals in the sight of the Lord our God. So no other human is any better than another. But when others worship them they begin to think otherwise, to not only their detriment, but to the ones that worship them.
Those that are being worshipped should insist strongly to never have any treat them as such for they should know that by worshipping and being worshipped they are insulting God.

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: the right one

I must admit for those that have been following me for some time that I have been married three times. Now those that are not familiar with the teachings of the Bible and about marriage and sin. We are given the instruction that if we divorce God would prefer we never remarry. However if we are tempted to enter into sin through the lack of physical relations due to the removal of the spouse, then we are instructed to remarry. So this argument that someone has been married a lot and so they are not a true “Christian,” is a red herring and a diversion from the truth. Enough soapboxing. Why this post?
Well as I said I have been married three times. In this last situation both my wife and I had given up on ever finding happiness within a married relationship. Yet we both were on Christian Mingle for years, and never encountered each others profiles. We were both miserable and had decided that was how it was to remain. We both said to God if it is Your will for us to be with someone You Lord will have to guide us to them. That is what precisely what happened. In a few days we will have been with each other for two years.
Two years that have given me a new insight into life. A look at how marriage was supposed to be for everyone. Coupled and joined by God.
My wife is my best friend and fun to be with. Time away from her is time we both feel is wasted, but it is necessary for how the world is now designed to function. Do we argue? Yes. Do we hurt each other’s feelings? Time to time, yes again.
Still I cannot picture my life without her a part of it. A life we both know and acknowledge will last not just in this temporal existence, but into the eternal life that is to come that is promised us by Jesus Christ.
This I can say without reservation. If I had met her a day sooner or even before that we would not have made it. For us both acknowledge that it took the trials and tribulations that God has had us journey through to know who it is we are to be with. We know that we are the right one for each other.
I love you my wife. Now and forever.

The truth hidden in a lie

This is a trick that had been used for decades within the movie industry. They release a movie to the world as a fantasy, a fiction, but within in is the truths they seek to accomplish. What I find interesting though is that what they wish to achieve ends up being the evil within their little morality plays.
Here are four examples. Logan’s Run, Divergence, The Hunger Games and the Giver.
All four show a purist socialist society. All four of these societies limit the freedoms of humanity. All four have a protagonist seeking to escape from this repressive culture. This is what humanity will always seek to do. Why?
For they see the truth. That socialism is repressive, controlling and deadly.
Let’s start with deadly. Prime examples can been seen within Logan’s Ran and the Giver. They show the elderly be sent off to another place that is special and wonderful. In Logan’s Run they fly into the air and are disintegrated. In the Giver they are sent to Elsewhere. As you find out later they are euthanized in what is obviously an execution chamber.
Along with the death, you will see none that are unhealthy, none that have handicaps. Why? Again as is shown clearly with the Giver is the unhealthy children are killed as well.
This is what those that are the elitist seek to achieve. This is the ultimate goal they wish to get too.
Those like myself that remember the last years of the United Soviet SOCIALIST Republic (U.S.S.R). Remember the bread lines just to get bread and butter and some canned goods to survive till the next time their number came up to repeat the process all over again. All the time required to go to work and make the products for the military machine, as well as the decadent luxuries for the elitist in power. All the while the poor, which were the majority, since the middle class happen wiped out, just strived to survive or sought ever harder to join the elitist which they were promised they would be a part of via the military or some government service or job. The thing is the government jobs were just meant to repress them even more. Totally designed not to allow them into the elitist realm. This is the controlling aspect of socialism.
The repressive part is that they limit those the elitist control. That is the majority. You have to understand. The one percent that are the evil monster the elitist talk about and demonize, is themselves. Those that get you to hate the one percent refuse to tell you that is it they, they are referring too. They have such insight into how they think and work because they know firsthand and so say it from experience of personally doing these very acts.
Now for the protagonist. The ones that learn the truth. That seek the freedom from the evil repressive socialist culture. The ones the elitist demonize and turn their pawns against. Who are they in the world?
That is a simple answer. The ones that say you must love humanity. The ones that say that all people are equal and blessed to live in freedom. That all have the chance at a beautiful and blessed reality. They are seeking to be Christian and have a true desire to do that which is right and good.The Bible says to be humble. Yet to treat every single person as equals.
One thing the elitist do is to separate cause strive to cause conflict. We are told to shun those that have elitist mentalities. For as long as humanity turns from God there will always be those that think they are better and know what is best for the rest.
Mark 10:42 – So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.
So here is what people need to think about. If the villainous society in these movies is a totalitarian socialist and small community. In which the elderly and unfit babies are killed. History is totally removed or changed to make the free society look to be the true enemy. Yet the hero figure of these morality plays seeks and succeeds to not only leave it but bring about its downfall. Why are so many seeking to enter into a socialist society? For one reason the truth is being removed, called a lie and made to look like the villain. In fact they try to pass off the evil socialist society within these movie as something it is not. All the while true history is being rewritten to look different then it really was. The truth that due to massive influx of government involvement, extended and made worse the Great Depression. The truth that forcing government control of the health industry is resulting and designed to cause it to collapse so that a single payer system, otherwise known as a socialist system can be implemented. Yet a prime example of a single payer system is already in effect and has causes the death of thousands of veterans and the system itself is full of greed and corruption, the VA administration. That the killing of babies from undesirables was actually a woman choice, when in reality they are following the desires of the elitist that wish to diminish the population especially within groups they consider less than themselves, which includes those that have fully embraced their lies. This is known as Planned Parenthood.
Then we have these four movies I have shown above that show how first off these comminutes are post-apocalyptic. So their desire is to cause war and destruction at any cost and only the one percent i.e. the elitist and the strong survive. This implies that those that are pushing Darwinist philosophies are part of the structure to cause conflict within the large population groups encouraging war, death and destruction to the point of an all-out war which will cause a massive reduction of the population. What is important to point out though is that those that are elitist are in actuality not the strongest or the fittest and usual those that would be culled in the killing and slaughter of the old. Yet somehow they will be exempt, special, for they are the architects of this disaster and the reconstruction into their totalitarian socialist society that is to come with the few survivors that are left from the collapse of the truly free society. That is their fantasy and their dream.
Second any that do not conform are quickly weeded out or found out for they are a threat to the elitist control. Then they are removed most likely through death.
Third, strict rules governing language, social interaction and personal behavior must be followed and the people will be under constant and unending surveillance to make sure no rules are broken to the point of removing the person from the socialist society, again most likely through death. This is now seen in certain words that are no longer “nice” to use and should no longer be said. This is PC talk, an attack on free speech. Yet people are saying this is how it should be and are not fighting it sense they do not wish to offend. This is also handled through the media by giving a false narrative and no longer pursuing the truth.
Fourth selective breeding. Only those that will produce those with the right qualities will be allowed to reproduce. Either through selective pairing or cloning. None that are worthy will be sterilized if they have a purpose or again killed.
So here is the truth hidden in a lie. This is the goals of the rich and elitist that think humans should govern humans. This is the mentality of the elitist that say there is no God. This is what we were warned in the Bible were those that are of the world. Yet millions flock to their words thinking that they are special. That they shall be amongst the chosen few to rule the world. Yet most that survive would continue to be nothing but pawns and fodder for the slaughter yet to take place. Nothing more than a dumb animal to those that are within the elitist and exclusive circle of the very very few.
This is not what is promised within the Bible. This is not what Christ died for upon the cross. This is not why Christ came to live on the third day and existed the tomb for. Jesus Christ the Son of God knows the lies and sees them for what they are. He knows that those that divide the people one against the other and looks down upon their fellow humans is destine to the pit of fire for they listen to their father. The father of all lies, Satan.
Yet still millions listen to these lies and believe it to be true, again why? For the truth has been removed more and more from the world. A world that knows that human nature is to seek after lust. Lust for money. Lust for power. Lust for control. Lust for sex in all its forms. This is what Jesus came to end and those with the elitist powers and controls do not wish you to learn the truth. So they bury it within lies. As I have heard it said many times. The best lie is one that has elements of the truth within it. That is what is behind the success of these four movies, the truth within them.

Clothe ourselves

Colossians 3:12 – Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
In the letter to the Colossians, Paul made an interesting analogy. That we as servants to God through Jesus Christ are to clothe ourselves with certain attributes. That being mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. It is not stated that we will be clothed this way once you come to Christ, but as being a part of the Body, we are to dress ourselves. To do the task ourselves.
This is an implication of works, as is fortified by these verses in James:
James 2:14 – What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” 19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? 21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. 25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.
We cannot just say we are “Christian.”
We must live that we are “Christian.”
It is an easy task if you have truly asked Christ into your heart. It is not something that is arduous and painful, for the most part, even though there can be some emotional discomfort time to time.
Why is this?
For we have been reborn in the image of Christ Himself, yet we are just babes as he once was Himself.
Christ did not come out of the womb talking and walking. He had to learn to do these things when He took on human form. Just as we did.
No one comes into the Body of Christ fully clothed and prepare to serve the Lord, just as a baby is not born already wearing diapers. It is a growing and ever changing process that aims toward the ultimate goal of reflecting Christ. However, time to time we will fall and hurt ourselves causing pain and suffering. Yet still be must make the effort to dress ourselves in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Thus to become clothed.
This is re-emphasized Revelations 3:
Revelation 3:17 – You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.”
Note that the glorified Christ tells those of Laodicea to buy from Him white garments to cover their nakedness.
The letters to the seven churches is said not only to be contemporary, not only to churches in the 90 A.D., but also to any churches at any other time in history. These letters are chronological as well. The first being the state of the overall church at the time the book of Revelation was written. To the last letter being to the church of Laodicea, which represents the state of the overall church just before the return of Christ to this temporal plain of existence.
Taking that in context and looking about us throughout what is called the “church” we see many that thing themselves rich. Not only monetarily, but spiritually. However in reality they due to living upon faith alone they are truly naked and need to seek out clothes to wear.
So are you clothed or standing naked before the Lord?
For if the state of the overall “church,” at this time, is the same as the church in Laodicea, then is it not nearly time for the return of Christ? If that is so then clothing is not optional, but required to stand before God Himself and time is running out.

Not afraid

Why this title?
People experience fear everywhere and every day. Even those that have accepted Christ as their Savior. Here is the thing though. The Bible states as we come closer to God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ we gain a type of love that overcomes fear.
When it comes to seeking to preserve your own life you have a slight fear that occurs when in an unfamiliar, or even unsafe area or situation. This is natural, this is how the human mind works.
In 1 John 4, there is another view in which “fear” is mentioned.
“17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. 18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 19 We love each other because he loved us first.”
I find these verses interesting. For there are three meanings to the word “fear” and I can honestly feel that these verses actually addresses all three views of this emotion.
Now as mentioned above these verses also address a type of “love.”
It is the kind of love that comes from coming to know God through His Son our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. As we grow into this understanding that is bestowed upon us through this love of God that we come to fear less of what we encounter within this temporal world we live within.
We see that this existence, which has its importance in allowing all that come into the age of accountability to either accept or deny Christ. So it is necessary to weed out those that choose not to accept that there is a God and His Son died for their sins as well as everyone else upon this world we live upon.
Many for this reason have a fear of God that causes them to run and hide from Him, as was witnessed by Adam and Eve after eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When God came to the garden to commune with His creation, they hid themselves in shame of their nakedness. They feared to be seen unclothed before God, who had created them in His image.
This is one common source of fear for all that are born and come into their age of accountability. For they become aware of their sinful actions. Most do not seek forgiveness, but out of fear wish to destroy their Crestor. So they rebel, deny and then attack those that do see the truth of their Creator and turn to Him. Their fear of God being real causes them to blind themselves with a hatred that is born from this very fear.
Those that have turned to Christ, and as they strive to learn the Word of God become enlightened with an understanding of their universe about them, no matter the imperfection they are greeted with. They learn that this plain of existence we live within is something temporary, fleeting, and ever changing. Do they shed all their fear? No, but more and more of their fears start to diminish, becoming nothing to worry over or about and so love fills the void. A love from their Creator, God. A love that fills them and allows them to strive to become a more pure reflection of Jesus Christ.
They learn not to fear death, but to welcome its embrace when the time finally does arrive at the timing of God Himself. Without this fear within them they learn not to fear those that could, would and actually do hurt them. As was seen in the early years of Christianity and on mass they were brought into the Coliseum to face various types of death. However they met this death even though they were in a state of fear. Why? Because they had and have faith and belief in their intercessor to God Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ. Who in His love gave up His own life for our sins. Who had Himself experienced fear mere hours before His arrest. However He turned it over to His Father and accepted His fate. Did His fear leave Him totally? I can’t answer that, but from my own personal experience I would say no for He was human even though He was and is God, a part of the Trinity.
When we turn fear over to God and bear through whatever fear remains, strengthened by our love and faith in God, we become courageous or as the verse above says confident.
What I think is that people fear death because they fear the unknown or as the verse states punishment for not following Christ.
God has given us something true and solid to hold onto. Jesus did walk upon this planet. Jesus did take on human form and walked amongst humanity. This is documented not only in the Bible but outside the Bible as well. So if we take the Bible at face value and accept the truths within it and strive to be Christ-like more and more every single day then we truly have nothing to fear, especially the unknown that lies beyond this temporal existence. Why? Because Christ will be there and we will be with someone that has accepted us into His family and loves us as a family member, because we asked Him to be our Savior. Also by knowing the Bible we do have a glimpse into parts of the future that is to come, up to the point that God creates a new heaven and earth.
By learning from the Bible and coming to fully understand the teaching of Jesus, we will feel His love within us as we grow ever more like His reflection on this earth. By doing so we shine the light of the Lord onto the world and act as a witness to those that sin against God. We in our love for God, His Son and our fellows, Christian first, all others second. However we treat all equally due to this love. Yet we are promised due to our salvation because He replaced us upon the cross, not to partake of the punishment that will be dealt out upon the Day of Judgment that will transpire at the end of Christ’s thousand year reign upon this earth. Where those that rejected Jesus’s love will stand before Him for their accounting. For those that follow Christ will reign at His side during the thousand year Reign of Christ.
Those that do not accept Him do have something to fear, which is why so many fear death, for they are uncertain where they stand with Jesus Christ, due to lack of knowledge and awareness of the truth. But who can remedy this dilemma? Only they themselves by asking Christ to be their Savior and then learning the Word of God and coming to fully comprehend the teachings within. So in time they will become the reflection of Christ, which all true followers seek to be. When this is done their fears will diminish and be not afraid.

Servant leaders

Jesus spoke directly on the topic of leadership. From His words those that call themselves “Christian” are taught what to seek what is important within someone that wishes to be a leader. Not just of fellow Christians, but of all.
Mark 10:42 – So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:25 – But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
“Whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.”
“Whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.”
This is a statement of an overall leadership role. Whoever wants to be first.
In the KJV of the Bible the verses come out this way:
“42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
“25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
The reason I mention the KJV is that it is the closest English version to the original Greek text available. This allows the reader to research the true meaning of the words more easily. That is what I desire to examine here today.
“Whosoever will be great among you”
Whosoever – hos & ean
Hos – who, which, what, that.
Ean – if
Will – thelo – I will, wish, desire, am willing, intend, design.
Be – ginomai – I come into being, am born, become, come about, happen.
Great – megas – large, great, in the widest sense
Among – en – in, on, among
You – humin – you
Who if wishes happens to be great among you
Chiefest – protos – first, before, principal, most important
Chief – protos
“Shall be servant of all”
Servant – doulos – (a) (as adj.) enslaved, (b) (as noun) a (male) slave
Of all – pas – all, the whole, every kind of.
“Let him be your servant”
Servant – doulos
Let him be – esto – be
Most important be slave to all.
Slave – A person who works very hard without proper remuneration or appreciation.
Enslaved – Cause (someone) to lose their freedom of choice or action
Now there are several elements that need to be noted in these definitions.
The first I wish to look at is this phrase: “without proper remuneration.”
These means they are not in this job to get wealth or even live wealthy. For their goal is not for their enrichment finically but the enrichment, not necessarily finically, of those they seek to serve. Yet for as long as man has formed governments, except for a short time in the early years of the nation when men seeking to be leaders did not gain wealth or even leave the office wealthy.
From 1789 till 1854 the salary for congresspersons was $6 to $7 annually.
This began to change in 1885 till the present. Going from $3000 starting that year to the present salary of $174000 per year as of 2014 in congress.
How can someone seek to truly be a servant, a slave if they make more than those they are pledge to represent?
They cannot.
They are not enslaved to those that they are to care for. They are enslaved to money.
Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
Up until the early 1800s which is not very long, people knew the real understanding of the term “servant leader.”
Not just those that wished to serve but those that were being served as well.
Now most are ignorant of these crucial facts that Jesus Christ tried to impress upon us.
He even went so far as to show how He, the Son of God, was a servant to us humans.
The Son of God a slave, which is truly demonstrated by the fact that He died upon the cross a slave to our sins.
What is glorious about this, is that three day later He exited the tomb alive.
So changed that He walked with men that had seen Him before and were fleeing Jerusalem. However they didn’t even recognize Him till late into their conversation with Him.
Now for the next point. When someone, of their free will, chooses to be our slave as our leader. They as the definition states “lose their freedom of choice or action.”
They can no longer do anything for their own good, reward or glory, but are enslaved to their commit and obligation to seek after what is best for the people above all else even to the point of death, as Christ Himself willingly did.
Yet if you look around do you even see any truly fulfill this commitment?
However this is what is required by the person that is seeking to be the chief.
Now a point that many don’t even try to see.
Now note how Christ starts this teaching unto the disciples. He starts by directly mentioning how the rulers of the world behave. Then just before He goes on to mention Himself being a slave to humanity He states that the person seeking to lead is to lead all.
“All” as shown above is the word “pas,” which means “all, the whole, every kind of.”
The whole.
Every kind of.
It does not say those within the Body of Christ. For that ultimate leader is Jesus Christ Himself. His point is for those that seek to be leaders of people, of groups, of nations.
Christ was showing His foreknowledge of a time when people could rise up out of the masses to be a leader of a nation, for at the time He walked amongst us that was not the case. Yet still He laid the foundation for servant leaders to follow that truly placed themselves as a child of God through Christ. This is pointed out because He showed how those in power of the nations behaved at that time. They were haughty, arrogant and most used their powers to belittle and demean their subjects. To think they knew better than those they controlled. So when taken in the correct perspective we see that true leaders that call themselves “Christian,” are to adhere to the instructions given in these verses by Christ Himself.
What also needs to be indicated though is that this is also the instruction of those that call themselves “Christian,” in what they are to look for in a leader so that this can be accomplished.
If they choose not to do so they are showing their rejection of the teachings of Christ and in so doing rejecting God Himself.
This is the behavior that the tribes of Israel did many times to their sorrow and regret. However, those that call themselves “Christian” now do the exact same rejection and they wonder why everything is going wrong, not only in the United States, but throughout the world as well.
So a servant leader must make of themselves a slave to the people they wish to lead, be it a church or a nation. If they do not seek this, but seek after their own glory, their own rewards, and their own goals. Then they should be rejected, either before they come to power, or once they do come to power; removed within the laws of the nation or church in question. For no leader comes to power without the blessing of God, even if the results of them coming to power results in the deaths of millions.
However, since we are commanded to follow the laws set forth by humans as long as these laws do not act against the Bible and thus of Christ and His Father. Than we are to follow them to the best of our abilities.
On the other hand, if they do act against the Bible and thus God, they must be removed, but in a way that does not violate the teaching of Christ as best can be done.

What are your goals?

What are the goals that you seek to accomplish in this time you have upon this earth?
Become rich?
Become famous?
Well look at these goals from a Biblical point of view.
So you desire to be rich.
Biblically the more you desire riches the harder it is to get into to heaven. So on a scale of “one” being poor biblically and “ten” being rich biblically, becoming rich is a “one.”
Matthew 19:23 – Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 24 I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
Now if all you sought was that which allows you to get your daily bread. That is a “ten.” In fact it is part of the Lord’s Prayer.
Okay seeking fame. Most that become famous become haughty. That then again becomes a “one.”
Proverbs 16: 18 Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
God desires us to be humble. That is a “ten.”
1 Peter 5:5 – In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
So a low score gets you into the pit of fire. A high score heads you in the right direction.
So for becoming rich and famous the score is “two.”
So being content with your daily bread and humbling yourself that is a score of “twenty.”
Personally I do not want rewards of this temporal plain of existence. For they will be eaten by moths and rust away. I seek after the eternal rewards that will be with me for billions upon billions upon billions of years.
Matthew 6:19 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. 25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.