Christian Spirituality

“MIRROR, MIRROR”….

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In the popular fairy tale, Snow White, a wicked witch has a magical mirror that she looks into and asks this question, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”

Many of us have read or had this story read to us when we were children, but it just occured to me that there are parallels between it and the reality of our lives. Most of us spend a fair amount of time looking at ourselves in the mirrors hanging on our walls, yet we never stop to think about the fact that we’re only seeing the outside of ourselves. Such mirrors only reflect one’s outer appearance while the inside remains hidden.

How then can we see what’s on the inside (if we wished to)? Does a mirror exist which enables us to do that? I’m happy to say that there is, and it’s the Bible which was penned by holy men called of God to write down whatever He spoke to them.

Jas 1:22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Jas 1:23  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 
Jas 1:24  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 
Jas 1:25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 

continueth therein — contrasted with “goeth his way,” Jas_1:24, continues both looking into the mirror of God’s word, and doing its precepts. [Jamieson, Fausset, & Brown Commentary]

2Co 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 
1Co 13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 

glass” 1) a mirror; 1a) the mirrors of the ancients were made, not of glass, but steel
perfect law of liberty” Thayer Definition: 1) liberty to do or to omit things having no relationship to salvation, 2) fancied liberty, 2a) licence, the liberty to do as one pleases, 3) true liberty is living as we should not as we please

As Christians we should know that our liberty in Christ doesn’t mean we can do as we please but rather, we live to please another who is Christ our Savior because He bled and died for us, and not only for us, but for the whole world.

I wonder how many know that our liberty in Christ means that we can “do” or “omit” things which have no impact upon our salvation? By the Holy Spirit living in me I knew that to be true even while various sorts of legalists were trying to convince me that in order to be saved I had to keep the entire old covenant law which New Covenant believers are no longer obligated to keep – Hebs 8:13, Hebs 7:11 &12, Heb 7:18&19, Hebs 9:9&10.

Heb 8:13  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. decayeth” – become worn out, obsolete.

Christians are to aim at a higher standard of holiness than was generally understood under the law. The principle of love takes the place of the letter of the law, so that by the Spirit they are free from the yoke of sin, and free to obey by spontaneous instinct (Jas_2:8, Jas_2:10, Jas_2:12; Joh_8:31-36; Joh_15:14, Joh_15:15; compare 1Co_7:22; Gal_5:1, Gal_5:13; 1Pe_2:16). The law is thus not made void, but fulfilled. [Jamieson, Fausset, & Brown Commentary]

God’s Word, the Bible, is called the “law of liberty,” or freedom because it is a law producing freedom from the servitude of sinful passions and lusts [Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible].

I love the last definition of liberty as being, the freedom to live like we should, not as we please. So many believe the opposite, doing whatever they please with never a thought for God or anyone else!

Beloved and those who aren’t (yet) saved, every one of us is unclean on the inside before we get cleansed of our sin by the spotless Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. We can’t see our sin nature by looking into a physical mirror, we can only see it by (steadily, continually) looking into the “perfect law of liberty,” God’s holy Word, the bible. The purpose of doing so is not to keep us focused on sin, but after seeing our sin to forsake it so that we can be cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! Staying in the Word of God keeps us focused on the truth of who God is and what He has done for us! The Blood of Jesus is still available to cleanse those who come to Him in humble admission of guilt with the sincere intent of turning away from sin.

Might you be such a one dear reader? If so, all you need do to get cleansed of your sin is to turn to Jesus and ask for His forgiveness with the caveat that you sincerely intend to keep His commands thereafter. God is no fool and He knows who’s sincere and who’s playing games. Word to the wise, don’t try to play games with God for you will lose every time, but if you are sincere, He will welcome you with open arms and shower you with wonderful, unimaginable gifts! ~ 1Co 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 

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Our freedom or liberty in Christ/Yeshua allows us to observe or not to observe when it doesn’t affect our salvation, while not condemning others who do things differently from us.

THE POWER OF AN OATH

90 military recruits run through Conroe - The CourierThe practice of binding the soul with vows and oaths is of very ancient date, and common to all systems of religion. [1] I want you to pay particular attention to the part about “binding the soul” for that is the power of oath-taking and vow-making, which is why no one should take either lightly.

The biblical definition of “oath” in the New Testament is ‘horkos’ Thayer Definition: 1) that which has been pledged or promised with an oath. One Old Testament word for “oath” is, shebû‛âh; Feminine passive participle of H7650; properly something sworn, that is, an oath: – curse, oath, X sworn.

A Few Old Testament examples of swearing (or oath-taking) –

Exo 6:7  And I will take you as my people, and I will be your God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. 
Exo 6:8  And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning which I raised my hand to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it unto you for a heritage: I am the LORD. [Jubilee Version] Exo 6:8  And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD. [KJV]
Deu 32:39  See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. 
Deu 32:40  For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. 
Gen 14:22  And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, 
Gen 14:23  That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich: 
Dan 12:7  And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever

A Few New Testament examples of swearing –

Heb 6:16  For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. 
Heb 6:17  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 
Rev 10:5  And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven
Rev 10:6  And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever,

swear: Heb. lift up my hand, The ancient mode of appealing to God was by lifting up the right hand, and was considered as a form of swearing. Hence yamin, in Hebrew ‘the right hand’, is in Arabic an oath, and as a verb, to take an oath. A similar custom prevailed among the heathens. See Virg. Æn. 1. xii. v. 196. Gen_14:22; Deu_32:40; Eze_20:5-6, Eze_20:15, Eze_20:23, Eze_20:28, Eze_20:42, Eze_36:7, Eze_47:14

The right hand was lifted up in taking an oath ( Genesis 14:22 , etc.). The hand is frequently mentioned, particularly the right hand, as a symbol of power and strength ( Psalms 60:5 ; Isaiah 28:2 ). [2]

As an example, I’ll share a personal incident when the college I was graduating from asked me if I wanted to join the Phi-Beta-Kappa society and attend a special awards ceremony for the high honors students, of which I was one. At the time I knew nothing about college sororities or societies like Phi-Beta-Kappa and I just thought it would be nice to have my accomplishments acknowledged. What I later discovered is that this and any college sorority or society is based upon the Bavarian Illuminati, a secret society! Mystery abounds in secret societies like the Freemasons, the Birch Society, Skull and Bones, and the infamous Illuminati (“Mystery Bablyon the Great”?).

As I stood among my fellow graduating students awaiting the handing out of our certificates of membership in the prestigious Phi-Beta-Kappa society, we were each given a lighted candle to hold in our left hand and told to RAISE OUR RIGHT HAND as we recited words (VOWS actually) which we promised to keep as members of this group! Suddenly I recalled feeling very uncomfortable and didn’t recite the vows but just stood there. I knew in my spirit that something was wrong with the procedings but didn’t know what at that moment. It wasn’t till I got home and began to pray and ask God why I felt uneasy that I learned what was wrong. First, I searched the Bible about the taking of oaths and found old and new testament verses about it. Then, I searched out the origins of sororities and the Phi-Beta-Kappa society and learned it was a branch of the Illuminati. I was horrified and prayed to God as to what I should do about it. The following morning, I called the society and demanded that my name be REMOVED from their membership roll immediately. At first the woman I spoke to there was unwilling to do what I asked, saying that it couldn’t be done because membership was forever and therefore couldn’t be rescinded! At that, I said to her that it would be a waste of their valuable resources to keep me on their membership roll since I wasn’t planning to further my education, and I kept insisting that she remove me. Finally, she gave in and removed my name and contact info. from their membership. After I ended my conversation with her and hung up the phone, I prayed to God again and asked Him if she did in fact do it and He assured me that it had been done in the natural and in the SPIRIT REALM as well. Whew! What a big relief that was to me and a lesson learned to never again make any vows, pledges, or oaths unless I knew to whom I was making them and fully understood what I was doing. All secret societies have RELIGIOUS aspects to their ceremonies, often invoking demonic spirits while performing strange acts like lying naked in a coffin (Freemasonry). I believe that God permitted me to go to the ceremony so that He could teach me that taking of vows and oaths is a very serious matter with Him, not to be engaged in lightly. Because God knew I didn’t know any better, He provided a way out for me.

The overall lesson and purpose for this article is to warn people about the seriousness of taking oaths and to avoid taking them unless required by law, as in a courtroom or in signing certain legal documents. Another, perhaps more urgent purpose however, is to sound an alarm about the ETERNAL OATH [3] which anyone can voluntarily take now (forcibly later on?) in order to join the Illuminati. Landing on the Illuminati website was probably no accident as I’ve been asking God to reveal to me what the Mark of the Beast really is, since there are many opinions floating around about it. The very first thing you see is a symbol or ‘mark’ of their organization which includes an All-seeing eye, a pyramid, a hallo of sorts, and the words ILLUMINATI 666 SOCIETY. Did you get the 666, the number associated with the Beast?! Right below it are these words, “The Illuminati is an elite organization of world leaders, business authorities, innovators, artists, and other influential members of this planet. Our coalition unites influencers of all political, religious, and geographical backgrounds to further the prosperity of the human species as a whole.” [4] It is believed that the Rothchilds, Rockerfellers, and Bildebergers, to name just a few, are members of the Illuminati [5]. 

Could it be possible that the Illuminati’s New World Order of which many are Luciferians, is the 8th Beast power mentioned in the book of Revelation? Could the “ten horns” or “kings” be ten rulers who rule over ten regions of the world? Some think the European Union which used to be the old Roman Empire is the “king that was, and is not, yet is” Rev. 17:8 & 17. The European Union they say, is a revived Roman Empire which was “one of the seven” former world empires which rises again as “the eighth” and final world empire/kingdom on earth. They may be right.

One possible interpretation is that they are nations or powers of the Antichrist’s Endtime empire that will come from the remains of the ancient Roman Empire, since the 10-horned Antichrist kingdom grows out of the Roman beast (Daniel 7:7) that ruled much of modern-day Europe. If this interpretation is correct, the European Union (EU) could fulfill the prophecy of the “ten horns” and play an important role in the Endtime. [6]

Rev 17:11  And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 
Rev 17:12  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 
Rev 17:13  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 
Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 
Rev 13:13  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 
Rev 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 
Rev 13:15  And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 
Rev 13:16  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 
Rev 13:17  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 
Rev 13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (or 666)

Did you know that 666 is the SUM of the numbers 1-36 added up together? “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count (can also be rendered compute, calculate, reckon) the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”- Rev 13:18   You’ll learn this and other things about Freemasonry and the Illuminati, like their god Baphomet, whose picture is on the front page of their website. I had a dream in which I saw Baphomet and a man who bowed before it and kissed its ring which had a red six-pointed star on it [7]. The Six-Pointed Star of modern Israel, used by King Solomon of antiquity, is associated with the occult, witchcraft, and the number 666.

Could the ETERNAL OATH of the Illuminati be the “mark” (of ownership) that will condemn whoever takes it to a fiery hell? [Rev. 13:16-20] It’s a fair question in light of the requirements for membership in the Illuminati, whose number is 666 and is pushing for a New World Order. It should be obvious to you by now, that a Christian should never take an oath to any organization, no, not even to join a church membership! Remember, Jesus said, “let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” Mat 5:37  This is why I no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. A Christian’s allegiance is to be given ONLY to the Lord of Heaven and Earth, Yahweh, and to His Son Jesus Christ. Go search for yourself and see if these things are true or not. After you do, I would love to hear from you.

Shalom to the Elect of God,

Debra

Footnotes:

[1] The Biblical Illustrator
[2] https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/hand/

[3] https://illuminati.am/oath/?utm_source=illuminati.amp;utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=maze&utm_content=bottom
[4] https://jointheilluminatitemple.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgp_-0LiH7AIVhL7ICh2RVww5EAMYAiAAEgJRpfD_BwE [5] http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.133.3974&rep=rep1&type=pdf  [6] http://endtimeinfo.com/2011/01/a-bible-study-of-daniel-7/

[7] http://spirit-wind.org/2016/10/apostate-king-solomons-magic-ring/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can You Not Watch With Me?

JESUS, (English), Judas Betrays Jesus; Jesus is Arrested - YouTubeWhen Jesus was praying and agonizing over His soon arrest and crucifixion, He asked His disciples to “watch” with Him but all of them “fell asleep.” When the Roman soldiers came to arrest Jesus, His sleeping disciples woke up and all of them fled except for Peter who stayed nearby warming himself by a fire in the courtyard. Eventually, one or more of the people there recognized Peter as being Jesus’s disciple and asked him if he “knew” Jesus. Being a fallible human being like we all are, Peter “denied” knowing Christ out of fear of being delivered over to the same fate as Jesus.

Mat 26:30  And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. 
Mat 26:31  Then Jesus said unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night; for it is written, I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 
Mat 26:32  But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. 
Mat 26:33  Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended in thee, yet I will never be offended. 
Mat 26:34  Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night before the cock crows, thou shalt deny me three times. 
Mat 26:35  Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples. 

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

Mat 26:36  Then Jesus came with them unto a place called Gethsemane and said unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 
Mat 26:37  And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 
Mat 26:38  Then he said unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death; tarry ye here and watch with me. 
Mat 26:39  And he went a little further and fell on his face, praying and saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. 
Mat 26:40  And he came unto the disciples and found them asleep and said unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 
Mat 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 
Mat 26:42  He went away again the second time and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me except I drink it, thy will be done. 
Mat 26:43  And he came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy. 

                      Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus                          

Mat 26:47  And while he yet spoke, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the princes of the priests and elders of the people. 
Mat 26:48  Now he that betrayed him had given them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; hold him fast. 
Mat 26:49  And forthwith he came to Jesus and said, Receive joy, master; and kissed him. 
Mat 26:50  And Jesus said unto him, Friend, why art thou come? Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took him. 
Mat 26:55  In that same hour Jesus said to the multitude, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. 
Mat 26:56  But all this was done that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him and fled. 
Mat 26:58  But Peter followed him afar off unto the patio of the high priest and went in and sat with the servants to see the end. 
Mat 26:69  Now Peter sat outside in the patio; and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. 
Mat 26:70  But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. 
Mat 26:71  And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him and said unto those that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. 
Mat 26:72  And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man
Mat 26:73  And after a while those that stood by came unto him and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them, for thy speech makes thee manifest. 
Mat 26:74  Then he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately a cock crew. 
Mat 26:75  And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, who said unto him, Before the cock crows, thou shalt deny me three times. And he went out and wept bitterly. 

In this bible account, believers can see parallels between what occurred with Jesus and His disciples then and what’s happening in our world and in the Church, today. First, I believe Jesus is agonizing over the decaying state of the world right now and is asking believers everywhere, “Could you not watch with Me one hour?”

What happened with Christ’s disciples is still happening! While the world is rapidly sliding into an abyss of moral decay so deep and so dark it will never recover outside of divine intervention, many believers are sleeping instead of “watching” with their LORD. When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus they were caught unaware, caught off guard and they FLED! Peter stayed behind warming himself by a fire but ended up “denying” that he knew Jesus – three times! I would rather WEEP bitter tears interceding for the world, than weep bitter tears because I failed to watch in prayer and fell as a result! If we don’t watch, we won’t SEE the Enemy coming, and when he attacks us we won’t have the spiritual strength to “stand fast.” What will you do when the Antichrist sends soldiers to YOUR house to arrest you? Will you change your testimony about Christ and deny Him, or will you “stand” by Him? You best decide before the soldiers show up at your door.

Friend, I’m sure that if you know Christ, you wouldn’t want to deny Him, BUT remember, our “flesh is weak”, meaning that it is prone to committing sin, to doing the wrong thing. The way to avoid giving in to our flesh, our natural inclinations and find strength to “resist” the Devil’s temptations is to “watch” and “pray” that we “enter not into temptation” but be delivered from evil – Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Eph 6:12  For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Eph 6:13  Wherefore take up the whole armour of God,that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand. 

When the Antichrist begins his campaign to annihilate anyone who refuses to worship him, I wonder if there will be Christians who “deny Christ” in order to save their lives. May you nor I be one! I often pray that no matter what happens to me or to my loved ones, I will never abandon or deny my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. 

If ever there was a time for “watching” and praying, it is now. If we do not watch, we will stumble and possibly fall in the hour of trial and testing, just like Jesus’s disciples did, and friend, that HOUR is upon us RIGHT NOW. Believe it or not, this generation is living in the LAST HOUR just before Jesus Christ returns to this earth to judge unrepentant sinners and to “gather His elect” to Himself. [Mt 24:31] 

If ever there was a time for hearing the message of the Cross and of the believer’s obligation to take up his/her own cross and follow Jesus, it’s now. Don’t be fooled, believers have been called to “suffer” for Christ – to walk in His footsteps which lead to the Cross. We cannot have a Christianity void of persecution and we cannot have a Christianity which has no Cross! Jesus said, if we want to follow Him we must “take up our cross daily” [Mt 16:24] Ours is to be a life of “self-denial,” of denying our fleshly, natural inclinations to spare ourselves from suffering! Our flesh strives to “save itself” but Jesus teaches us to “lose our lives” for His and the gospel’s sake in order that we might “save them for eternal life” – Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 

Trials and tests show who you really are, whether you’re a true believer or not. Mature believers understand that they are called to suffer for the sake of Christ, but babies in Christ may not have fully grasped this truth. While ministers should be teaching the message of the cross, they are preaching a false prosperity message which promises material blessings to those who TITHE to their church, and do whatever else their Pastor asks of them. The prosperity message is wrong – Jesus never promises His followers easy lives devoid of suffering if they tithe to the church. In fact, the tithe or ten percent of one’s income is an Old Covenant law which New Covenant believers are no longer “under” or obligated to keep (Rms 6:14, 7:4 & 6). Under the New Covenant, which Jesus instituted just before His death (Jer 31:31, Heb 8:8 & 13), giving to the maintenance of the ministry is through free will offerings. Ministers who say the tithe is MANDATORY for New Covenant believers are either misinformed or dishonest. Do your own research and you will see. [1]

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding this message, or want to encourage me please feel free to contact me – I would love to hear from you. I pray that the message was helpful to you and that if you’re a believer in Christ you will faithfully follow in the steps of Jesus by taking up your cross daily and denying yourself; for in losing your life for His sake, you will save it for life eternal.

Peace to all who embrace the cross and crucify their flesh nature, that Christ may be formed in them (Gal 4:19). 

Debra

Footnote:
[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/tithing-Christian.html