I suppose I am writing this, because I detect this. Its as if it is a red flag to me. A warning sign, to be careful. I sense it, when I see sarcasm, and mockery, for they can turn even the best intending Christian, into a Pharisee.
Do you remember the Pharisees, in relation to Jesus?
They upheld the law, but their religion, rules regulations, traditions made by them, could not accept Christ in His love, and in His truth. He was rejected. So much so, it was they who called him to be crucified. Yet it was the plan of God.
What you saw in them was sarcasm. Mockery, characteristics, religious tendencies, that hit people on the head, shot others with arrows, that identified, they were Pharisees.
So, I want to talk to my fellow Christian brothers and sisters. Not to the unsaved, for they do not have the spirit of Christ. But to those who have accepted Christ as their Lord and savior. For those who have come to the throne of grace, who have repented. Who have seen their own sins, who have humbled themselves, in the sight of almighty God. You have bowed before the cross, and you have accepted Christ as your Lord and savior. You realize He died for your sins.
I want to talk to you. To please beware. Of sarcasm, of mockery, of hidden disdain, that can poison your own spirit. Of strife, of lying. We are called to put off the old man. We have died with Christ, and live with Christ. So as we live, move, and have our being, our foundation is to be in love. His love.
And sarcasm, mockery, has no place, for it then becomes idolatry, in a sense. For you are turning away from what Christ has called us to do, to walk in love, and you are embracing an idol, that is not Christ. This can pollute and taint your spirit. Beware….
I have seen religion all my life. I have seen people who say the are Christians, but they do as the world. They may for a time, walk in love, but then they turn, and they change, and they let their sarcasm, and spirits become polluted, with the Pharisee spirit.
To be honest, that scares me. And I know, I have come very close to it myself. But repentance my friend, is what has saved me. To identify it. To be aware of it. To walk away from it.
And yes, even to walk away from some I have loved. I see it symbolically. We are all marching in an army. As soldiers of the Lord, but if you sense your brother or sister, is throwing arrows, rocks, behind your back, as you march, aiming at you in sarcasm, you cannot trust that brother or sister in Christ.
Yes, we are called to forgive. But when I sense there is no true accountability, no repentance, I cannot trust a brother or a sister, who displays these fruits of the spirit, that are not of love. But come from a dark side, a side, that comes from the enemy himself.
We are to test and try each other, and to be a better example. I pray, you would just be aware of this. That you would see it yourself. Because it can come to any of us, so easily, if we are not walking in our Lords love, and wisdom. And making that conscience effort to depart from such things.
It tried to follow Christ, even to the cross. But His silence, even on the cross, spoke volumes to me. In Mark 15 of the KJV, it talks about how the Pharisees, the Romans, and the people who crucified, Christ, mocked, laughed, and how he silently refused the myrrh, that was given to him to drink. Water that was polluted. He rejected that. He was silent. But only in prayer to the father. Asking God, why have you forsaken me. Scripture in Mark 15:29, says
AND THEY THAT PASSED BY RAILED ON HIM, WAGGING THEIR HEADS, AND SAYING AH, THOU THAT DESTROYEST THE TEMPLE, AND BUILDEST IT IN THREE DAYS. SAVE THYSELF, AND COME DOWN FROM THE CROSS.
Are you mocking someone, who is holding up the cross, who is trying to serve the Lord?
Look I understand we do not all agree, we do not have the same callings. And yes, we may even debate, or argue. But should we?
For sarcasm is ugly. And we must have wisdom to understand, we are all different. Remember, get that check in your spirit, thats just it we are all different. We are all on the vine, with Christ in different stages. What I know, you may not know. What you know, I may not know. But we should never have a spirit of “I am better then you.” Or a spirit that tries to puff itself up.
We must always have love, front and center, even if we do not always have spiritual understanding, of some things. Or matters that are KJV biblical. But if you let sarcasm, be your focus, you will lose something very precious and great in this matter.
You will truly lose the understanding of what Christ did for you on that cross. Please, never take that for granted. No matter what you do.
Do not take it for granted. I hope you see this, and you will understand, you are only hurting yourself. And you may be hurting someone else, who could learn from you, but instead, they are seeing the Pharisee spirit.
Feel free to share this with other brothers and sisters in Christ, who you may need to minister to. But please do it in love. Not sarcasm.
You see, we all sin, we all come short of our Lords glory. All of us.
Blessings and love, Elena Ramirez
When I write these posts “Just My Thoughts” or anything I write I usually do it with the goal to help someone, including myself. Writing is an outlet, a way to express myself, that sometimes I am at a loss of words to speak.
But when I write, I usually write from experience. I mean who wants to listen to someone who does not understand, really what is happening, or who wants to listen to someone who may not even have the experience in some matters. I do have that understanding in anger.
After all, I am a warrior. In many ways, I fight. I fight, for what is right, and I fight for survival. I fight, if I have to fight. But in that I have also seen anger rise up in me. I have seen a side of me, that has lost control. And actually that is not a very pretty sight for anybody. Because one can say, or do things, that are irreversible. One can make some mistakes, that after the fact, will show no self-control. And regret.
Regret, is a terrible thing to have, even if you feel God forgives you. Even if someone else forgives you. Because if you have no self-control. You see yourself, the error of not having self-control, and it will grieve you. I have been grieved.
And you need self-control. You need to let the peace of God really rule your heart. You cannot have that without Jesus. Seriously.
I understand this. I understand the anger in me any way. I may not understand your anger. But I understand, how hurt, pain, sorrow, no resolution to issues, can affect your spirit. In anger. Anger if not checked, can grow, and fester into a fire, that becomes out of control.
So you need to know yourself. But more then anything you need to know Jesus. You need to know what He says about anger, and you need to know if you do not fix this even at a moment like this, where you are maybe at some peace, but you recognize the characteristic in you. It could get out of control. You want to be able to see it, stop it even now, and prevent anger.
The thing with anger, and I have seen that in myself, is that something very trivial can set it off. Spilled milk. Seriously, self control has to see the symptoms, to stop it. To give it to God.
Yesterday, I was angry, for a moment. Frustrated, and I cried out to God. Please help me. Because I have been dealing with something that has made me angry, for a very long time. But I have been hiding it. And yes, I have been dealing with it, but it could have gotten very out of control yesterday, but it did not. I thank God.
I do not want it to be expressed in anger. I want it to be expressed knowing God has an answer. That peace, will rule my heart. That I have control, because of who Christ is in me. Just that cry out to God, helped me. Because I realized, I need Him. I surrendered myself to Him. To His authority, to His ways. To His truth, and love. And the anger passed. And to His glory, something happened, I got hope in this matter.
I want to encourage you. Because I know who Christ is. And there is nothing too big, or too small for Him to handle. He wants to help you. But you have to let go of that pride, or anger, or self-will that says, I don’t need Him in this. You do. Believe me, you do. We all need Him. I don’t care who you think you are. Those attributes you may have, or those characteristics that have been a part of any kind of success, you may have, can be gone. So you need God.
He is the only one who can change our hearts, our minds, our souls, our spirits. Whatever it is friend, He can resolve it for you. It may not even be in your time, but if you do your part, to begin the process, you will see the progress. HE sees us, HE knows we need Him. But we have to do the calling on Him. He is the King of Kings, and Lord, of Lords. He has the ability, we just have to submit to Him.
I hope this helps someone. I truly believe the Lord has me writing this for someone, who is so on the verge of exploding, that the consequences could be detrimental to your health, to your well being, to someone you love, or even your career. Don’t let the devil have his way in this.
Yes, we are all entitled to be angry, now and then, but in that anger, be careful it does not turn into sin. Or you go to sleep with anger, there are reasons why God warns us not to do that.
BE YE ANGRY AND SIN NOT: LET NOT THE SUN GO DOWN UPON YOUR WRATH: EPHESIANS 4:26.
Give it to God, even now. Give Him your anger, and sin not. He will help you.
Blessings, and love, in Christ, Elena Ramirez
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Loving God, with all our hearts, soul, and mind, is a commandment. But if you love your sin more then loving God, you are not free.
Oh you may fool yourself, and think you are saved. But God wants all of our obedience. Not lip service, or fake worship, etc.
See, I know, because I used to walk the fence, when it came to God and my sins. My excuse was I was young, and I wanted to have fun. Well I reaped that. I reaped the heartache, of not giving my all to Christ.
Thus saith the Lord unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the Lord doth not accept them: he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins. Jeremiah 14:10 King James.
That actually scares me, and enough to obey. Because we do reap what we sow into our lives.
But I do now, I choose to obey and I am careful not to compromise my walk with the Lord. Its not worth it!
When I think of what Christ did for me, and for me to repeat my sins…..
Well for cleansing, and a guarantee of my salvation it hurts my heart to know my sins put Him on that cross. I repented, and still repent to be honest, daily, because every day, we are challenged by the enemy. Its his job to deceive any of us. To steal our crowns.
And he does. But if you know truth, Gods holy word, the King James bible, you have armor, that has no kinks in it, no loopholes, it protects you. No soft spots. To penetrate you. No temptation too great, God removes that. But you have your part.
You can quench the fiery darts of the enemy.
But getting into that King James bible, and disciplining yourself to do it, is what brings the wisdom, knowledge, insight, and yes fear of God. Prayer, oh how sweet it is to run to the throne of God.
Because when a Christian says they love God, but continue in sin, they have no fear of God, and they love the sin more. The consequences of that is death. Its spiritual death. And even physical. Because you become cold. No moral compass. And worse then that, denial into the Kingdom of God, when you die. Who wants that for their destiny? No thank you.
Its pathetic, for any of us. But mercy and grace, what a blessing that is, but you cannot abuse it. You cannot. Time, it runs out. Oh if I could go back, I would. But I cannot. I can only do what I can at the place that I am, to warn others, and for myself to be ever so careful.
I don’t want to love my sins. I don’t want to offend my God. I don’t want to take advantage of grace. Grace is not an excuse to sin. I do not want to give place to the enemy by my own stupid choices, of sin. No wonder we reap the consequences. It is purposed disobedience.
Oh I am not perfect. I know it. But I will hold onto the sword of truth with all my might. I will run to the throne of grace, and I will try and obey. Trying….is better then not even acknowledging this.
The body of Christ, has been taught some nonsense, because I never hear any teachings on the fear of God. But if a pastor, will not remind the body, as a shepherd, the sheep will not know. Because they don’t search themselves. It is the blind leading the blind.
Search for God, and it requires leaving that sin, and searching for this love that only God gives. Nothing else is worth it.
My thought for today, I pray, just to be near Jesus.
After a spiritual battle with another so called Christian today, who thinks Halloween is o.k. I just want to get the battle behind me, for Christ has me covered by the blood of Jesus. I will not give place to the enemy in this holiday. And I have my armor on. To claim the promises. Of God.
Blessings, and love,
Did you know that whisper, you hear, is the Holy Spirit, telling you to repent, when you have a guilty conscience?
Did you know there is a danger, a spiritual danger, when you have not made Christ your Lord, and savior, and you listen to your own understanding, and you do not trust or incline unto God to guide you, in that sense of conscience?
TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL THINE HEART; AND LEAN NOT UNTO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING. PROVERBS 3:5. KING JAMES
Atheists don’t recognize it, even some Christians don’t recognize that whisper, people who are rebellious will not see it, or hear it, but if you know whose voice it is, you will consider it, and consider it as truth.
You need to repent. We all do. And I even recommend daily. Because daily, we can miss His voice, if we are not in tune to God.
You see, God instilled that voice in all of us. He each gave us a conscience. But what you do with that conscience, will either be your growth to fruit, or it will become your destruction.
And no doubt about it, you do have to make a choice. You see, God will speak to you, He wants to woo you. He wants you to know Him. He wants to love you, and have fellowship with you. He wants to be your friend. He wants to heal you. He wants to ensure you have a place with Him when you die, and leave this earth. But the choice is up to you.
That guilty conscience, is telling you, over and over again. My son, my daughter, you did wrong. You are not thinking clearly. But let me cleanse you. Let me take that sin. Let me, help you grow. Let me, give you my mind, so you can have a sense of direction. Let me give you peace. Let me comfort you. Let your mind be at ease with me. This is why I give you my King James Bible, to give you instruction.
But He God, our Lord, is a gentleman. He never, ever pushes Himself on us. But if we do not listen, that voice will depart. The Holy spirit will leave. Because God though He loves us, will not be in the midst of our sins, or our disobedience. He is Holy.
But I have to warn you, be aware to know whose voice it is. You have to know the difference between conviction and condemnation. The voice of Christ will convict you. To warn you, to guide you, to love you. But He will not condemn you.
Condemnation comes from the enemy. It will tell you there is no hope. It will tell you give up! Don’t listen to that voice, don’t fall for the defeat that their is no hope. There always is with God.
You know, God has spoken to me so many times. And I have learned to hear His voice. And I am able to distinguish between His voice, and the enemies. He says, we will know His voice, and to another we will not follow.
TO HIM THE PORTER OPENETH; AND THE SHEEP HEAR HIS VOICE; AND HE CALLETH HIS OWN SHEEP BY NAME, AND LEADETH THEM OUT. AND WHEN HE PUTTETH FORTH HIS OWN SHEEP, HE GOETH BEFORE THEM, AND THE SHEEP FOLLOW HIM: FOR THEY KNOW HIS VOICE. AND A STRANGER WILL THEY NOT FOLLOW, BUT WILL FLEE FROM HIM: FOR THEY KNOW NOT THE VOICE OF STRANGERS. JOHN 10:3-5. King James.
I recommend reading all of chapter ten of John from a King James just to get a sense of His voice.
Gods voice is patient. Gods voice is love. But Gods voice, has standards, that need to be acknowledged, in fear of Him. Because the consequences, is sin, and death.
And this is the enemies voice, it is prideful, it is lying, and it is mean spirited. It is in denial. And yes rebellion. Because the enemy, does not want you to meet your potential in Christ. It wants you to self-destruct.
Some think they are going crazy, literally, but if you heed my Fathers instruction, you will see the difference.
For with Christ it is love, and life eternally. And how much sweeter it is, even here on earth, knowing His voice, guides me. It protects me.
It warns me, at a moments notice. I may get that gut feeling, and I know, that I know that I know, when I am wrong. I know instruction. I know when I obey, it goes well. If I do not listen to that whisper, I miss it. When I am wrong when I do not obey. I see the future, for we will reap what we sow, without repentance.
I know when I insist on my own way. Or when I am only thinking about me, and not someone else. When I do not listen. And I have to repent. He tells me when I am wrong. It just does not sit well with my spirit, when I am “guilty.”
So many times, when truth is presented, if we are not in a good position, with God, we will not hear that voice. In fact, the more you rebel against that sweet sound of truth, the further, and further you will get from God. It will be like an echo, that will fade, like in a tunnel.
It will make you cold, it will make you indifferent, it will steal your sense, of right and wrong, and you will become like an animal. An animal that is possessed, by a devil, that will “instruct” you to do that which is wrong, with no sense, to know, you are hurting yourself, and maybe others. It will blind you, and you won’t even know. It will deceive you.
See, God is a spirit, and when we worship God, we have to worship Him, in spirit and in truth, so we always have to be aware of the whisper, we listen to in our conscience. (see John 4:24, King James only)
For it will either be good or evil. Have you ever seen a commercial, where there is an angel on one shoulder or a devil on the other? The goal, is to defeat that devil and allow God to take the place of that devil. And even here, I will say know whose voice you listen to. Because there are many counterfeits, and false voices. Not all angels are good angels….
If you do not know Gods voice, you will get cold. You will be deceived. Your heart, will become indifferent, stony, and even deaf.
Dear friend, do not let that voice, that sense of being cold, control you. Do not let it cause you to self-destruct. Or to hurt someone else.
When I was growing up, when I did things that were wrong. I saw how they “controlled” me. Like smoking, it made me smoke, I craved it. Yet I saw, how it hurt me. I became weak, physically, lazy, and well we all know smoking is bad. But when you are caught up in any sin, it will control you.
I hated that, in fact, I still hate anything that is not of God, because it is sin. I don’t want anything to control me. But God. So, I am glad I listened to that small voice, and obeyed God, I asked God, take this desire away from me. And He did. He did it for my mom, and she told me how to ask God, and to obey. I did.
But He took it further, and got me to see the root of all my sins. For you see, we all sin, we all come short of the glory of God. FOR ALL HAVE SINNED, AND COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD; Romans 3:23 King James.
So if you think you are o.k. you don’t need God, think again. Maybe your conscience is so full of “pride” another characteristic of the devil, that you think, you are fine, without God, think again. Because we will all bow before God. We will all confess Jesus as Lord, when we stand before Him. Don’t let even that pride, confuse you. Because you will reap what you sow, even now, on earth. But after life, there is hell, and you do not want that for your future.
You see, right now, even as I am prompted to write. I know God wants you to hear Him. I have learned to obey God. I have learned to run to that sweet voice, to receive counsel. By going to my King James Bible, and to my Lord in prayer. Because it is truth. Even writing this, is by sweet counsel of the Holy spirit, because God wants to reach you.
Friend, I just have a strong sense, that if you deny this, that what I have wrote already, that you are rebellious, and even when friends, or family tell you the truth, you always have to feel like you have to challenge it, you have to fight the truth, because you think they may be judging you. You reject it.
I see it myself with others, who do not see the truth, but think it is judgment. We are called to warn one another. So I warn you, be careful with that voice you hear. Be careful, with what sense of right and wrong you use to navigate your way in life. A good moral conscience, can only be clear, when Jesus, is that sense of right and wrong.
Please, listen to God, go to Him, don’t be ashamed, to listen to your whisper of a conscience. It is God calling you. Go to His throne. Kneel before Him, tell Him you are sorry. Perhaps tell someone else you are sorry, cleanse that pride, let Christ embrace you.
Did you know apologizing, to someone, will bless you? Because you are then letting God speak to you. He tells us to forgive, but we have to sometimes ask for it.
Let Him record, your repentance and humbleness before Him, so His voice will be stronger. Get a good King James bible, and daily seek Him. Friend, the whisper, will never leave when it is Christ. You will always know His voice, to have the mind of Christ.
Much love, and blessings, Elena Ramirez
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