One of the best ways for a teacher to establish his or her classroom culture and expectations is by modeling that behavior.
The tone of our culture troubles me.
Our society has legitimized a culture of insults, profanity and retaliation.
This behavior is being modeled by too many of our leaders, while being justified, excused, ignored and mimicked by their supporters.
People are so impressed by ‘keeping it real’, telling it like it is, and avoiding being Politically Correct that many have lost the value of exercising Emotional Intelligence, tact, kindness and restraint.
Too many people see being loud, proud, obnoxious and visceral as strength, while seeing meekness, humility and patience as weakness.
Our children are having this negative behavior modeled every day.
Even in our movies, we feel the ‘bullied nerd’ is weak until he or she stands up to the bully violently.
Remember, Yeshua Himself said don’t repay evil with evil, but turn the other cheek. He said don’t resist an evil person (unless of course your life is threatened). But of course, striking back if someone slaps you isn’t about self-defense, but pride. Returning an insult with an insult is about pride.
Matthew 5:39 (NKJV)
39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
Adults who call themselves disciples of Christ are going to have to do a better job of setting the example of walking in the Fruit of the Spirit, which the world sees as weakness.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [a]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Our children are learning to fight instead of keep the peace…
They’re learning to argue instead of reason…
They are learning to place blame and accuse instead of looking for solutions…
They’re learning to hate instead of love…
They are learning to make excuses to satisfy their will instead of God’s will.
Could many of our childish adults be the children who were spoiled when they were growing up? It’s time to stop the erosion of decorum in leadership.
Many times those involved in ministry, creatives and extroverts will be told, “You just like attention!” “You want attention!”
YOU LOVE ATTENTION!
This short quick answer to those accusations is ammunition and encouragement for those of you who want attention for the right reasons…
To bring glory to God…
To help others…
To make the world a better place…
The next time time someone tells you that you love attention, you tell them…
“SO DOES LIGHT!“
Matthew 5:14-15 (NKJV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
John 8:12 (NKJV)
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
John 3:19-21 (NKJV)
19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
You are the object of someone’s fantasy. Someone’s watching you, and they want what you have. Yes, they want your body…
Your cancer-free body…
Your disease-free body…
Your two working legs and arms…
They want your ability to walk and run.
They want your ability to go to work every day.
They want your strength. Not you super strength, but your strength to take care of yourself.
They want ‘What you’ve got!’ Not the opportunity to fulfill their lust, but the opportunity to fulfill their life.
They want your freedom.
They want a family like yours.
They want to be just like you.
They want a roof over their heads…Food to eat…Clothes to wear.
They fantasize about going to the grocery store and filling a shopping cart rather than carrying everything they own in one.
They fantasize about buying a pair of shoes…About going where they want, when they want, in a car.
They fantasize about going to the doctor for check-ups and not treatments.
Someone would trade their good credit for your health…their riches for your peace. They’re watching you.
Please don’t allow our prosperous society to spoil you to the point of covetousness and being ungrateful.
Don’t allow the ‘blessings of abundance’ to become ‘burdens’ to make you feel God is mistreating you if you don’t have everything you want. If you don’ have perfect health. If you don’t have ideal circumstances.
The bible teaches us to be content with food and clothes…
1 Timothy 6:8 (NKJV)
8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
God teaches us to not worry about our needs…
Matthew 6:31-34 (NKJV)
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
And, He teaches us to be thankful in all things.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Don’t get your wants confused with your needs. And remember, there is always someone ‘less fortunate’ than you…fantasizing to have what you may be taking for granted.
Have you ever heard anyone say that you can’t love someone if you don’t understand them? NOT TRUE!
God has commanded that we love one another…
John 13:34-35 (NKJV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
There are on caveats or conditions with this command…we just gotta love one another y’all!
God loves us no matter what we do. And, He doesn’t love your worst enemy any less than He loves you.
So remember this.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND SOMEONE TO LOVE THEM!
If you’re married, there are some things about your spouse that you’ll never understand.
There will be things about your children or your siblings that will always bother you, and bother you a lot.
There will always be people who’s behavior will never make sense to you.
There will always be people whose behavior you will never condone.
There will always be people who will hate you for absolutely no reason…
And we still have to love all of them! We must still always pray for God to meet them at their every point of need.
We must always pray that they submit to Gods. WORD…WILL..LOVE and SALVATION.
We must always pray that they learn what pleases God…
Ephesians 5:10 (NIV)
10 and find out what pleases the Lord.
We must always pray that they grow in the wisdom and knowledge of God, so they can truly know Him better…
We must always pray that they get to truly KNOW GOD BETTER…
Ephesians 1:17 (NIV)
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
As a matter of fact, that’s what makes love REAL When we can truly want the best according to God’s will for someone in the most conditions that challenge love the most…because that’s how God continues to love us.
I admit this is not be easy, but it IS so necessary.
God made it very clear that the forgiveness we receive from Him depends directly on the forgiveness we extend to those who have hurt us…
Matthew 6:12 (NLT)
12 Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
And, after you have forgiven them, you must continue to forgive them OVER and OVER again when you think about what they did (or didn’t do) and it makes you feel angry, ashamed, stupid and hurt all over again. You must continue to forgive them in your heart to MAINTAIN your forgivenesss…
Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ FORGAVE you.
So, think about the 3 people in your life who have hurt you the most. it may be…
or they may have hurt someone you truly love…
…you know what they did, or failed to do. You know how they let you down. Think about those 3 people.
Now, if you haven’t already…forgive them.
Make up your mind to release them from the guilt of what they did to you…even if they don’t feel guilty.
Then, ask God to help relieve the anxiety and pain that you experience when you think of what they did, or see them…or see something that reminds you.
1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)
7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Psalm 94:19 (NKJV)
19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.
I’m not minimizing the severity what they did to you, but God didn’t make a stipulation for that. He just commanded that we forgive.
I know it’s not easy. It may even seem impossible. But, this is where Philippians 4:13 is most powerful…
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
13 I can do all things through [a]Christ who strengthens me.
Now, think about those people that you have hurt as much as you’ve been hurt…do you need to ask for forgiveness?
This piece IS NOT FOR or AGAINST President Trump, but to make a point to those who do not accept or believe in the Lord God of Israel through Yeshua the Messiah.
This is for those who don’t accept the bible as the inspired word of God.
Everyone doesn’t accept President Donald Trump as their President.
Everyone did not accept President Barak Obama as their President.
However, denying the fact that Donald Trump is your President does not prevent him from having authority in your life as an American citizen.
Denying that President Obama was your President did not make the decisions he made not valid for you.
It’s the same for those who don’t believe in or accept God. The same is true for those who don’t believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Remember that God allows His sun to shine on believers and unbelievers.
Matthew 5:45 (NKJV)
45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
It’s a shame that some people will inhale God’s air and exhale and say He’s not real…mock Him…blaspheme Him.
People who say God is not real and has no authority in their lives still hide when storm winds blow, lightening flashes, flood waters rise, and when the ground shakes…therefore, acknowledging He DOES have authority in their lives.
When we interact with God’s creation, with what we call nature, we are acknowledging His authority in their lives…
Romans 1:20 (NKJV)
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and [a]Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
Even those of us who call ourselves believers dishonor God’s authority by what we allow to come out of our mouths…
James 3:10 (NKJV)
10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
So, be careful not to let your mouth curse the President. Instead, pray for Him to submit to the word, will and love of God. If you feel that He is not in relationship with God, pray for His Salvation.
Your prayer could be the prayer that changes his heart. However, our curses are condemnations and judgments that always come back on us…
Matthew 7:1-2 (NKJV)
7 “Judge[a] not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what [b]judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
Ask yourself, how many times you have complained about Donald Trump and neglected to pray for him.
Ask yourself, how many times you complained about Barack Obama but did not pray for him.
How many times have you prayed for either of them, but it was a selfish prayer…not for them to please God, but for them to please you?
God has given EVERYONE a measure of faith…
Romans 12:3 (NKJV)
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
Let us make it our habit to pray that God touch the hearts of those who don’t acknowledge Him. Let us pray that they attribute their measure of faith to Him through Yeshua, The Messiah, Jesus Christ. The fact is, He doesn’t love those who reject Him any less than He loves us.
2 Corinthians 5:20 (KNJV)
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
God still has authority over every person who doesn’t acknowledge Him. It is our responsibility to compel those minds to submit to that authority.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV)
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
It’s very easy to take our blessings for granted. Especially the blessings that some of us might call ‘the little things’…like water.
Plenty of water…
Anytime you want it.
There are many people in this world who consider clean water to be a luxury.
There are many people in this world who bathe and drink from the same water that animals drink from.
They just want clean, easily accessible water to drink and bathe in.
But, so many of us don’t only have plenty of water to drink, we can sometimes catch ourselves saying “There’s nothing here to drink if there is no juice, soda, wine, beer, or Kool-Aid in the house to drink because we don’t want to drink water.
So many of us have enough water to water our lawns.
So many of us have enough water to wash our cars.
So, the next time you get ready to wash your car or drive through a car wash, stop and thank God for enough water for this task that could be considered by those who don’t have enough as vain.
Then say a prayer for those who can’t go to the faucet and turn on the fresh, clean water.
Exodus 17 (NKJV)
17 Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, “Give us water, that we may drink.”
So Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the Lord?”
3 And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”
4So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone[a] me!”
5And the Lord said to Moses, “Go on before the people, and take with yousome of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.”
And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 So he called the name of the place Massah[b] and [c]Meribah, because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they [d]tempted the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
3 Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.5 Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
She wanted to drive today. That’s fine, I’ll play on my phone on the way to the grocery store.
As she turned while pulling out of the garage, I couldn’t help but notice as the wood-grained steering wheel slliiiiiiiiddd through her delicate, manicured hands. I smiled, but she didn’t notice.
Her voice, just as soft as her hands said, ‘Please turn on the air Boo (I love it when she calls me that). The cool rush of air mixed with her Paris Hilton perfume, which blends perfectly with the chemicals in her skin, for a fragrance so intoxicating that I’m glad I’m not driving.
As we walked into the store, I purposely allowed her to walk slightly ahead of me. She knew how much I love that dress. No shopping cart was needed. It’s was just a quick trip, so she took my hand and I was thankful she wanted the world to know I belong to her. I do.
We grabbed the almond milk and her sun dried tomato turkey, and as we headed to check out…I was subtly checking her out. I’m still just as attracted to this woman as I was 33 years ago.
From her curves…
To her smile…
Her airy voice…
From her feet…
To her hair…
To the fact I’m still her choice.
SONG OF SOLOMON CHAPTER 7(NKJV)
7 How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O prince’s daughter! The curves of your thighs are like jewels, The work of the hands of a skillful workman. 2 Your navel is a rounded goblet; It lacks no [a]blended beverage. Your waist is a heap of wheat Set about with lilies. 3 Your two breasts are like two fawns, Twins of a gazelle. 4 Your neck is like an ivory tower, Your eyes like the pools in Heshbon By the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon Which looks toward Damascus. 5 Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel, And the hair of your head is like purple; A king is held captive by your tresses.
How fair and how pleasant you are, O love, with your delights! 7 This stature of yours is like a palm tree, And your breasts like its clusters. 8 I said, “I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of its branches.” Let now your breasts be like clusters of the vine, The fragrance of your [b]breath like apples, 9 And the roof of your mouth like the best wine.
The wine goes down smoothly for my beloved, [c]Moving gently the [d]lips of sleepers. 10 I am my beloved’s, And his desire is toward me.
11 Come, my beloved, Let us go forth to the field; Let us lodge in the villages.
2Let us get up early to the vineyards; Let us see if the vine has budded, Whether the grape blossoms are open, And the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love. 13 The mandrakes give off a fragrance, And at our gates are pleasant fruits, All manner, new and old, Which I have laid up for you, my beloved.
I still LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY!
On the way home, I quickly refined a playlist curated from 33 years of songs that make up the soundtrack of our marriage…Songs that are suggestive, sensual, and maybe just a little graphic that together progress to a crescendo that provides the rhythmic score to an romantic afternoon…
For the two of us as we get home, and quickly close the door.
Once again, she’s subtly seduced me with a simple trip to the store.
It’s so wonderful when a woman of God knows how to effortlessly wear her sexiness, sensuality, and to make her husband fantasize about her without compromising her holiness.
Song of Solomon 1:13 (NKJV)
13 A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, That lies all night between my breasts.
Hebrews 13:4 (NKJV)
4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
That’s why there will never be a better love than ours…
Because the entire time I was watching her…she was watching me too.
Marriage and the beauty of it’s God ordained intimacy is truly a gift from our Heavenly Father!
If you’re married…1, 5, 10, 20, 30 or 75 years, never forget to make one another feel sexy, desired and loved. It’s God’s will for your marriage.
If you’ve read several of my blog posts, you will find I’m intentionally redundant with this message…
I’m VERY concerned with not just the character of America, but also those who call themselves Christians.
I’m concerned with how much the sin of PRIDE has been validated, justified and excused.
PRIDE IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONSIDERED BY GOD AN ABOMINATION!
5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Though they join[a]forces, none will go unpunished.
Remember, that even though sin is sin, some sins make God more angry. That’s not hard to understand because some sins make us more angry. It would make you angry if someone mistreats you, but it make you more angry if they try to kill you.
So, PRIDE makes God more angry than some sins we may consider greater sins.
And, pride leads to the idolatry of worshipping (giving too much priority in our hearts) that which we are proud of…
God has not given us permission to be proud of any of these things.
If your mind is immediately trying to find reasons to justify it, then you may be trying to impose your will over God’s word. That’s dangerous.
So, how should you feel about what you are PROUD OF?
It’s simple. From now on, anytime when you want to say…
8 (A)For by grace you have been saved (B)through faith, and that not of yourselves; (C)it is the gift of God, 9 not of (D)works, lest anyone should (E)boast.
So, think for a moment…
Think about some of the sins that you’ve committed SINCE you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
The war of flesh and spirit doesn’t go away after you’re ‘saved’…
Galatians 5:16-18 (NKJV)
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
However, when we receive the gift of His Holy Spirit are equipped to fight. You will win some battles and lose some battles, but ultimately win the war.
Galatians 5:17-23 (NKJV)
17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: [a]adultery, [b]fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, [c]murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [d]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
So think for a moment of some of the sins you’ve committed SINCE you’ve accepted Yeshua as Lord and Savior…
If you’ve been ‘saved’ for several years, you may realize that you’ve committed more sins SINCE you’ve been saved…
You may even notice that some of the sins you committed after you were saved were GREATER than those before you were saved. Yes, sin is sin, but some sins simply make God more angry…they’re called abominations. And these sins aren’t necessarily the freaky sexual sins that may often first come to mind. For example, pride is one of them…
Proverbs 16:5 (NKJV)
5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Though they join[a]forces, none will go unpunished.
This is why we should NEVER take the grace of God for granted.
This is a good time to stop right now and thank God for His grace and mercy, and for not dealing with any of us as we deserve.
Psalm 103:10 (NKJV)
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
And, be honest with yourself. Did you really accept the Lord Jesus as Savior, or were you just looking for Him to make things better in your life. Did you really accept Him because you believe or did you just think it was the right thing to do? Were you curious? Did you do it because your parents made you?
If you’ve sinned greater since you’ve been saved, ask yourself did you come to Yeshua for the right reasons.
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