THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEALTHY FEAR AND UNHEALTHY FEAR… By Elena Ramirez
There is a difference, I believe, in what kind of fear is healthy, and one that is not healthy. I am older, I am just sharing. I believe this is wisdom. But, I know some people will not accept this, thats o.k. Its not up for debate, or argument. I am just obedient, to God, to bring perspective. And you know what, it helps me, to understand.
But the healthy fear, one can have, and is King James scriptural. Is the fear of God. It is spoken of often in my Bible. I take it to heart. I don’t just reverence God, I FEAR GOD!
LET US HEAR THE CONCLUSION OF THE WHOLE MATTER: FEAR GOD, AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS: FOR THIS IS THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN. ECCLESIASTES 12:13. KJV.
I love my King James bible for bringing perspective.
Anyway, fearing God… Its one of the most healthiest things, I have learned to do. It keeps me out of hot water, it keeps me out of sin, it reminds me who has my soul. Who can change things for me. It reminds me, how fragile really our lives are, and how we so need God. In little things, and big things. The bottom line in fearing God, is knowing, He has power to send my soul to heaven or hell. Thats healthy. To fear almighty, God.
Healthy fear, is just common knowledge, sometimes, not to do something, not to go somewhere, that could be dangerous. But that really does require submission to God.
The unhealthy fear, one can have, really is sneaky, and can come from the enemy himself. If we do not have fear of God, or if we just are not prayerful, or we put our guard down. God tells us, He does not give us a spirit of fear. So then that tells me the enemy sends it.
FOR GOD HATH NOT GIVE US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR; BUT OF POWER, AND OF LOVE, AND OF A SOUND MIND. II TIMOTHY 1:7. KJV.
Unhealthy fear….That kind of fear, can come, to paralyze, you. To be afraid, to even live. To fret, to get paranoid. To distrust, even others. But sometimes, that is your gut instinct, from the Holy spirit, so you have to test it. Anyway, an unhealthy fear may cause you to just live in a way, where you are not fulfilled. Where you may get a false sense of reality.
I am not a psychiatrist, but to be honest, the ways of the world, and the ways of God are so much different, in relating to why things happen. I choose to trust the ways of God.
When something happens, to someone you love, and you see how some people are not kind, but manipulative, and they hurt others, or scam others, you do get that guard up. I have had a few of those in my life. Yet, I always choose to go on, and be the best I can be in Christ, and to forgive. And to know the difference.
Recently, this happened to me, because it happened to someone I love….and well it just made me think….
We learn from our experiences. It affects us. And today, it just reminded me, of the difference, between healthy fear, and unhealthy fear. I have stumbled, I have had both fears, unhealthy, and healthy, but what always has healed me, is the fear of God.
He will take care of everything else concerning me. Or you, if we just trust Him, and yes fear Him, as scripture says.
I could write a book on this….. maybe I will. It just depends on what kind of support I get, from God, and others in the interest…..But I hope it helps someone with fear.
Fear my friends, if unhealthy, really is not healthy for your soul. I do know this. Truly the fear of God, changes that.
Blessings, and love,
BE CAREFUL OF VOICES AND FALSE PROPHETS…..
There are many voices, many who say they are called by the Lord. Many, may have good intentions. But I am very careful who I listen to. I am very careful, not to take every bodies word on a matter. Or anybody.
I think I have learned to be careful not to criticize as well, but I am careful. I take more time to pray about it, then jump to conclusions as well. Because of the spirit of deception. How we need discernment.
You see, there are those, who are wolves, in sheeps clothing. There are those, who may look, and sound like they are sheep. But they are not. Look at their motive. Is it for Salvations, is it to win people to God? Is it for money? Do they try to bait you, so you can give money?
And when they share a word, what scriptures is it based on? If its not a King James word, I am sorry, I shut the sound off, turn away, and will not receive anybodies word, on a matter. Because to me, it is corrupted word, that is not holy and anointed. So thats a big sign to me.
Because thats a voice of deception. Friends, be careful. I know you want to grow. I know sometimes, we can be so trusting. But, there are spiritual curses, that come with some of these false prophets, and you want to avoid them. We want to remember, we know Christ’s voice, and to another we will not follow.
The goal is always again, to have the mind of Christ, and to have discernment. Be careful what you receive, what you share, and who you listen to. I say this in Christ love.
Be careful. DO NOT TRUST IN LYING WORDS THAT CANNOT PROFIT. (PARAPHRASING) SEE JEREMIAH 7:8 KJV.
TRUST YE NOT IN LYING WORDS, SAYING, THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD, THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD, THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD, ARE THESE. JEREMIAH 7:4. KJV.
By Elena Ramirez
Think again! Be warned, this is not going to be a feel good message, that tickles your ears, or sugar coats truth. To just let you go on your way. Nope this message, my post today, my thoughts, that I submit to God, will not do this, but I pray, that will open your eyes to truth, for a real spiritual revival and understanding.
Because none of us are entitled to feel the way we do. How dare any of us, think we are entitled. Because it then gives you permission, to do what is wrong. But many do. And many do, not having the fear of God. Or a sense of guidance from God, and so everything they think or do, without God, turns into pride, and they think they are entitled.
Entitled, to be angry, entitled to hate. Entitled, to do what they want, when they want it. To just take it. Entitled, to disobey Gods truth, and choose what they want. Entitled to hurt others, with no parameters. And even entitled to deny God! The worst….
And this is just scratching the service.
Because even though God gives us the choice in emotions, or thoughts, to choose from. The truth is we do not know without Gods instruction, how to see that we are not entitled. Lets use a couple of examples forgiving, and fear, to make the point.
You see, we are called to forgive. We are called to walk in love. We are called, to first and foremost, love the Lord with all our hearts, and souls, and minds, and obey. That love should be there.
But it is not there, when you don’t forgive. When you choose, to be angry, because someone hurt you. So you feel “entitled” to keep those bitter ugly feelings, because you were hurt. Well hello….we all are hurt, at some point or another.
But it is what you do with that emotion, that feeling, that can come straight from hell, by either obeying God, or disobeying Him. If you do love God, with that commandment, you give Him the hurt, because lets be honest, He was hurt the most, by going to the cross for all of our sins. But you give Him this love, this pain, this sorrow, whatever it is, and you forgive, because this is what He did, for you, and for me.
Entitlement, owning what you feel, can sadly, be misrepresented, to deceive you. How can any of us, truly understand, the spiritual implications though, unless we know Gods ways? And He tells us, our ways, are not His ways. But we are also told in scripture, we can have the mind of Christ. Look it up, as well in a King James bible.
But we have to reject this sense of entitlement and to totally bring it to the obedience of the cross.
CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS, AND EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTETH ITSELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, AND BRINGING INTO CAPTIVITY EVERY THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST; II CORINTHIANS 10:5.
Obedience is the only true sense of entitlement, to trust God, to change us. But, if we go on, with humanistic, thoughts, with no foundation in Christ, we are being deceived. Because entitlement, can cause you or me, to walk in pride. Pride that thinks its your accomplishment, or your right, so it puffs up your head so big, you forget to be humble. You forget to extend mercy to someone else, to forgive. To even be kind…
And lets just be honest. God hates pride. He will not bless pride. So you think your entitled to be prideful? Think again…
Now lets talk about fear, for a sense, because many times, we have fear. And something has also caused us to be timid, or to be afraid. And I don’t dispute that we can feel that. Sometimes it is our gut instinct. But what I am saying, is God in His word, for an example, has told us in II Timothy 1:7. He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. I am paraphrasing this, but look it up from a King James….
There is that thought of a sound mind, again, and that comes from Christ. But you may think you are entitled to go around every day, afraid, of every little thing, and mess your head up daily, and speak fearful things, because you don’t know God, can take care of it. So you torture yourself, in your sense of entitlement, and you torture others with this fear….
God have mercy, that you see this. How can you have faith, unless you give God that fear, so you can have faith?
We have to learn, how to harness, anything we feel, and see, very carefully where we go wrong.
BUT GOD LED THE PEOPLE ABOUT, THROUGH THE WAY OF THE WILDERNESS OF THE RED SEA: AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WENT UP HARNESSED OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT. Exodus 13:18.
We all sin, we all come short of the glory of God. We all make mistakes. But if we continually make mistakes over, and over again, we do not learn. Not only will we come short, but we will totally miss the plan, God has for us.
What I am trying, by the grace of God for you to see, and for myself as well. We really are not entitled to anything, without Gods mercy. Without His permission. Without His approval. Without the life, He gives us. He is so gracious. He gives us a choice. It has always been a choice, since the beginning of time, even with Adam and Eve. But we reap what we sow. These are principles He has established. Laws of Gods Kingdom. So we have to see it now. And then sometimes, we run out of time. There are no more chances. There are no more extensions of this grace and mercy.
THEREFORE TURN THOU TO THY GOD: KEEP MERCY AND JUDGMENT, AND WAIT ON THY GOD CONTINUALLY. HOSEA 12:6.
I am trying with all my might, to just find my way myself. But I know, that Christ is that way. He is the truth, and life. JOHN 14:6.
I can look back, and I can see, how I have made my own mistakes. Even sins….By assuming, and thinking I am entitled to feel what I feel, and do what I wanted to do, and it led straight right to hell on earth.
Folks, even in the Bibles we choose. We are not entitled to disobey God in this. Not when the King James has been established, to be holy and anointed, how dare any of us, use something that would be corrupted, or changed. When the warnings have been there, do not change, add, or delete His Holy word. If Revelation 22:18-19 does not warn us enough, that salvation could be lost, or our names removed from the book of life, what is it going to take to lose that sense of entitlement that your salvation is secure? Nothing is worth losing our souls over. For hell is eternal.
And lets talk about entitlement concerning your soul. Do you think it is secure? So you sin, and do not repent? Think again. Don’t play with your salvation, because you accepted Christ, as Lord and savior, but returned to sin. You are not entitled! God is not mocked, and that fear of God should kick in, because you are in eternal danger.
And to be blunt, you will be entitled for God to judge you and send you straight to hell, if you do not take Him at His Holy word! Thats just the way it is. He is God!
But heaven be yours by what He did, in making Him your Lord and savior, and that is an entitlement, He has promised. But that is only gained by Christ.
And I think though, that if we become aware of this and lose that sense of entitlement, we have, that is not His ways, even in what we feel, and take it to the obedience of Christ, and take it to search for God, we can find our way, His way. For Christ is that way.
I told you this was not going to be a feel good message. But it can help you, I know it. But you or me, we are not entitled, to anything. Without God, we are lost. And how dare any of us, think we are owed anything, but to love one another. And love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds.
What a waste, if we think we are entitled. And worse yet, to the one who demands to be served, because you feel entitled. Open your eyes, your heart, your soul. Quit stealing, what does not belong to you. Even in words. The only one truly entitled is Christ. For He without sin, took our sins.
I hope this helps. Entitlement…..
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. (Matthew 18:23-35 KJV)
Blessings, and love, Elena Ramirez
I feel led by the Holy Spirit, to write about Hell. And yes heaven. But specifically about hell to warn you.
I know, in fact, I do not see many Pastors, talk about it, nor address it to their congregations. Many, will talk about the Prosperity message, or they talk about other matters, but for some reason, they do avoid it. And even lately, we see reports of how some pastors, are turning from their faith in God, denying God, and gathering followers. You need to know the truth, so you will not be gathered with these enemies of God. Because their destiny is hell. Read II Peter 2, from a King James bible.
I truly believe, that there are elements needed to understand, in our spirits, to know with the fear of God, Hell is real. I will emphasize here, that the fear of God is needed in every believer of Christ. If you do not have it, you need to get it.
And I truly believe if someone is not using Holy and anointed, Bibles, they are deceived. This is why it is so important to use a King James Bible. It has been preserved for 400 years. Not corrupted by mans hands, which is the plan of the devil. To corrupt Holy word.
When someone is deceived, they cannot see the real truth. They cannot comprehend and understand, the factors, the principles, that God has established to set them free, or to see the deception. They are blinded. And more specifically, they are blinded by the devil. And they will be used by the devil. Sometimes not even knowing it. Till maybe it is too late. AND THE DEVIL THAT DECEIVED THEM WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, WHERE THE BEAST AND THE FALSE PROPHET ARE, AND SHALL BE TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER AND EVER. Revelation 20:10
This is why, we within ourselves, have the responsibility, to get close to God. We need to have fellowship with Him. And even now, I am trying to be quiet in my spirit, to hear Him. And this is what He has given me today.
We need to see, how to do things His way. Not ours. The way of the Lord, is not the wide way, as the world would do it. But it is the narrow path, one will have to choose, to avoid hell. You do have to choose the “straight” gate.
ENTER YE IN AT THE STRAIGHT GATE: FOR WIDE IS THE GATE, AND BROAD IS THE WAY, THAT LEADETH TO DESTRUCTION, AND MANY THERE BE WHICH GO IN THEREAT: BECAUSE STRAIGHT IS THE GATE, AND NARROW IS THE WAY, WHICH LEADETH UNTO LIFE, AND FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT. BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS, WHICH COME TO YOU IN SHEEPS CLOTHING, BUT INWARDLY THEY ARE RAVENING WOLVES. MATTHEW 7:13-15.
Sometimes, when I talk to people about using only the King James Bible, they are confused. They say well God is big, and He can speak to me through anybody, or anything. Yes, but how do you really know it is the voice of the Lord? Christ said, His sheep know His voice, and to another they will not follow. But how do you know it is Christ? The answer: By keeping yourself pure. And when I say pure. I am talking about staying away from sin. Yes staying away from anything that defiles the physical body, but also your spiritual being. Using a King James Bible is the narrow way of thinking. This word is still pure, holy and anointed. You cannot have a standard, that does not please God. When you use a King James bible, yes you are narrowing your thinking, but to the possibilities in God that are limitless. For with God nothing is impossible.
You cannot dance with the devil, and eat at the devils table, and expect to be right with God. You cannot mix spiritual entities, and expect to get blessings, and more then anything expect to enter into heaven, when you die. No. And the deception in our world, where the truth about Hell and brimstone, is avoided, because those who should be teaching this, have not totally submitted themselves to God. And are missing the point. The spirit is corrupted, if it is not totally submitted to God.
Some things, come with growth, in Christ. And I have to admit, I have learned these things, because I saw the destruction of sin, in my own life. The devil lures people into these things. I have learned to stay away from reading books, or watching movies, that have spiritual entities, that I do not want to pollute in my spirit, and my soul. I have been given discernment to pick up and see those who claim they are in Christ, yet, they practice strange behaviors, that God warns us about. Astrology, witchcraft, Psychics, etc. Adultery….lustful sensations. SIN. And I depart from these things, REPENTING because we are told not to be unequally yoked with darkness. Or those people who practice darkness. So you cannot expect to be right with God, if you are playing with these things.
But Christ, is the only one who can cleanse, and purify a spirit, but you have your part, and that is to depart from evil. From wicked thinking. From evil doing, and from spiritual entities, that you might think are harmless, but actually curse your soul, and give you a one way ticket to hell.
Now is the time to get right with God. NOW! Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. And if you want real purpose, in life, and you even want to avoid hell on earth with God now, you have to leave the devil. You have to rebuke him. You have to deny him. But it comes by submitting to God.
Scripture tells us, we must submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee. SUBMIT YOURSELVES THEREFORE TO GOD. RESIST THE DEVIL, AND he WILL FLEE FROM YOU. James 4:7. Did you notice in reference, to the devil, I lower capped the word he, in this scripture? Because he is little. He is a snobbish, little selfish, prideful, ugly spirit, that defies God. Do you see those characteristics in you?
But as small as he is, to me, I still have enough sense to know, on my own, by myself, I cannot defeat him. Nor can you. And this is where people miss the understanding to be deceived. You will not be able to defeat the devil, by denying him, in your own small thinking or denial. But by the power of God. And he can be defeated by submitting to God. Well just know…. God kicked him out of heaven. And the authority, comes from God first. And He will also Kick you out of heaven. If you don’t make it right with God. This is why having the fear of God is healthy.
When you submit to God, you are doing it HIS WAY. By Christ. Christ is the way, the truth, and life. John 14:6. King James. Christ took the penalty of our sins, and paid the price for us on the cross. By His stripes we are healed. Every stripe, every beating He took, was because He loved us. How great this love is.
But we do not abuse it, or mistreat it, by mocking Him, or by denying Him, or by playing with the devil. You cannot compromise who you are in Christ, and expect to hear from God, or for that matter, expect miracles when needed, or expect again a place in His Kingdom. The devils whole goal, is to steal the glory from God. But God does not put up with that nonsense. You have to understand, the history so to speak, of how the devil and God became enemies. And how in the devils pride, he tried to steal Gods glory. You have to know that the devil is not Gods equal. God is the creator, God is majestic in who He is, and there is none else. He tells us that. REMEMBER THE FORMER THINGS OF OLD: FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NONE ELSE; I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NONE LIKE ME. ISAIAH 46:9.
You have to know that anything that is not of God, is a counterfeit, and even in power, is from the enemy the devil. You have to know, that we may very well be in end times. And that Christ will return. And you need to know, that God will throw the devil into the pit of hell. And all those who disobeyed God. Read Revelations.
When people, do not submit to God, they open themselves to be used by the devil. There is no good, in evil. There is no good, in something, that God, abhors, and rejects. There is not. You have to know who you are in Christ, and yes, the authority He has given you. We don’t play with power, when we are with Christ. We are given this sense of who we are in Christ, to do things for the sake of His Kingdom, for lost souls, for love. But, we do not play with spiritual entities, or things that in Gods eyes, are the works of the devil.
To not submit to God. Is to be as bad as submitting to the devil. You cannot be lukewarm, or cold, in your walk with God, and expect to even understand, the darkness, the enemy wants to deceive you, so your soul will be lost. This is why it is so important to get close to God. It is important to repent. It is important to pray constantly. Because the enemy goes about roaring seeking who he can devour. The devil wants you to lose your inheritance in Christ. And take you down to hell.
The battle will always be in the mind, unless you submit to God, to give you peace. Christ will rule your heart, in love, but you will experience hell on earth as well, if you do not submit to God.
Remember, the battle truly is the Lords, but you need to keep your armor on. You need to be prayed up, you need to know the truth. Using a rubber sword of a Bible, that is not anointed and holy will not defeat your enemy. Use only a King James Bible.
Friend, hell is real. And it is reserved for those who have rejected Christ in this lifetime. It is reserved, for the enemies of God.
You can change the outcome. You can change the destination of your soul, by seeking God, and submitting to Him. Eternity, is forever. It is not a party down there. It is never ending constant misery, that does not part, or leave. THE WICKED SHALL BE TURNED INTO HELL, AND ALL THE NATIONS THAT FORGET GOD. Psalms 9:17.
I know, I am writing to someone. I see you. You are mean spirited, and hateful. You are a bully. You use your authority and power, to give you a sense of confidence. But inside you are just a small withering, wimpering, soul that just needs to find comfort. But instead of seeking God, you have searched in other entities, that are not of God. You are playing with the devils tools, and you have no idea, what is ahead for you. I pray for your soul. I pray, you open your eyes, and get right with Christ. All the cursing you have done, will be returned to you. For you will reap what you sow. I pray, love, will win you over, and the things you have learned and embraced, and practiced, will be completely put away from you. But you have to make a choice. It is always a choice. God does not make us do anything. But if we do not do it His way, we do pay the consequences. Believe me I know. But more then anything believe HIM!
LET DEATH SEIZE UPON THEM, AND LET THEM GO DOWN QUICK INTO HELL: FOR WICKEDNESS IS IN THEIR DWELLINGS, AND AMONG THEM. PSALMS 55:15.
Resurrection Sunday, is just around the corner. This time today, is the moment you need to make it right with Christ. Here is a link to one of my pages. It is the Prayer of Salvation. Go to that link, say the prayer, and yes avoid hell.
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Salvation Prayer to share, freely, for those unsaved.
Quit doing things that are cursing your soul, and yes, even your future generations. Walk in love. Forgive, and make it right with Christ so He can forgive you. Hell is real, and you do want to avoid it. The fear of God will correct you to do the right thing. For it is healthy to fear God. After all He has the power, and authority, to open the books of life, and determine, and judge, whether any of us is worthy to enter His Kingdom. You can have His Kingdom in your heart now, by just repenting, and living for Christ.
But to not heed the warnings, like I wrote in my last post, is stupid. Please don’t play with your soul. Hell is real. I tell you this in love. You could reject it but I pray you do not. Let love penetrate that soul of yours. Let love, tell you the truth. Let love break down those barriers you have built.
And for those who cause hell on earth to others. Read Ezekiel 32. King James.
THE WAY OF THE WICKED IS AN ABOMINATION UNTO THE LORD: BUT HE LOVETH HIM THAT FOLLOWETH AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS. CORRECTION IS GRIEVOUS UNTO HIM THAT FORSAKETH THE WAY: AND HE THAT HATETH REPOOF SHALL DIE. HELL AND DESTRUCTION ARE BEFORE THE LORD: HOW MUCH MORE THEN THE HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN OF MEN? PROVERBS 15:9-11.
I implore you, for the sake of your soul, in love. Call on Christ now, and avoid the curses, the penalties of disobeying God. Repenting, and making it right will free you from the hell on earth you experience even now.
THE WAY OF LIFE IS ABOVE TO THE WISE, THAT HE MAY DEPART FROM HELL BENEATH. Proverbs 15:24.
Yes friend in Christ, I embrace Christ with all my heart, soul, and might. And I love because I love God, because HE is love. I reject the enemy that is Gods enemy the devil….who I hate. As God does hate him. Because the devil is hateful, deceptive and a liar and there is no true love in evil. So I tell you this to warn you. So you will not be Gods enemy. Don’t let the devil steal your love, or those you love, or anything that is precious as a treasure from the heart. TODAY IS APRIL FOOLS DAY. DON’T BE THE DEVILS FOOL.
THE FOOL HATH SAID IN HIS HEART, THERE IS NO GOD. CORRUPT ARE THEY, AND HAVE DONE ABOMINABLE INIQUITY: THERE IS NONE THAT DOETH GOOD. PSALMS 53:1.
Hell and brimstone is real. But so is heaven. Gods Kingdom will reign forever, and you can also be with Christ for eternity. Dont be fearful of life, or the enemy. Yes fear God. YOU CAN BE VICTORIOUS!!!
See this just as a small reminder.
AND HE SAID UNTO ME, IT IS DONE, I AM ALPHA AND OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END. I WILL GIVE UNTO HIM THAT IS ATHIRST OF THE FOUNTAIN OF THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY. HE THAT OVERCOMETH SHALL INHERIT ALL THINGS; AND I WILL BE HIS GOD, AND HE SHALL BE MY SON. BUT THE FEARFUL, UNBELIEVING, AND THE ABOMINABLE, AND MURDERERS, AND WHOREMONGERS, AND SORCERERS, AND IDOLATERS, AND ALL LIARS, SHALL HAVE THEIR PART IN THE LAKE WHICH BURNETH WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE. WHICH IS THE SECOND DEATH. REVELATION 21:6-8 KING JAMES BIBLE.
In Service to Christ, Elena Ramirez
I watched Ben-Hur last night. After the news reports, and just chaos, from crowds, rude people, and just needing quietness, I thought I need to watch something inspiring. It did not let me down. I noticed, even at that time the people of God, the Jews, were oppressed. By the Romans.
Friendships were divided, because of power, and Judah, played by Charlton Heston, suffered greatly, at the hand of a friend. A friend, who wanted power, now as a Roman soldier, and who forgot the ties they had made as children. He actually had Judah imprisoned, and his sister, and mother, for something that was really an accident. And I won’t go into all the details of the movie, but it was sad, that Judah suffered.
At one point, he wanted to die. Because of the abuse he received, and at His lowest point, thirsty, and almost dying, Jesus came to him, and gave him water, after others had denied him water. When the guards saw that Jesus had defied their orders to give him water all they could do was just look at Jesus. And they could not come against Him. You did not see Jesus’s face in this movie, but it was all so very symbolic, in the power He has. Judah survived, but knew he had met someone who touched his life.
Judah found great favor with another Roman who actually adopted him, and loved him, because he saved his life. And then went back home to Jerusalem, and searched for his mother and sister, and yes to find vengeance on the friend, who deceived him, betrayed him, and hurt his family. There was a great race, with chariots, and the friend, now enemy of Judah, was injured. Yet, he would not die, till he spoke to Judah, but his words were not of a sorry or contrite heart for doing what he did. Instead he told him only that his sister and mother were alive.
The mother and sister, were imprisoned, and through it became lepers. Judah thought they were dead. But the love of his life, was protecting him from the truth, that they were alive, and when he discovered this truth, he was angry. But went to go and get them, they took them to search for the great person Christ was back to Jerusalem. But Christ was on trial, andbeing crucified.
Charlton Hestons character, was so moved by Christ again, for this time, it was he who gave Christ water. As Christ carried His cross for us. And again, we did not see the face of Christ…..but we can only imagine.
At the end of the movie, the sister, and mother were healed of their leprosy, and to conclude just what it did for me to see this, is that Christ teaches us. Through our heartaches, through our sorrows, through our loss of friends, that I can even relate to, if we seek Him, we are healed. Our souls can be healed, our hearts, our anger, our bitterness….and we can be used by God. We can give water to someone hurting, we can can quench the thirst, by Christ.
Yes it was symbolic to me, this movie when it started, showed the birth of Christ, and showed that wise men still seek Him, and it ended with the death of Christ, With healings, restoration, and a sense, that God and only God can heal us.
I pray, we all have the sweet peace, and joy of the true Christmas spirit.
I needed to watch something that inspired me. Last night, I admit, with the news I felt sad, and troubled. I am a Christian I can be strong, but I am also human, and I also see, how much our world needs Christ. I hope we all get the true message of Christmas in our hearts, all year long, and until Christ returns. To restore our souls.
Blessings, just some thoughts today, this Christmas eve.
Merry Christmas……Elena Ramirez
THE FEAR OF GOD DO YOU HAVE IT?
I want to talk a bit, about the fear of God. Not many people, like this idea of being afraid of God. And I am not just talking about reverence or respect. I am talking about fearing Him.
To some this is just absurd. I know, because I have talked to people about this before, and some of the answers I get amazes me, and I hear things like, I am not afraid of God, I love Him, He is my savior. Yes, I love God, too, and yes, He is my savior, but….I fear Him.
Throughout the King James Bible, there are scriptures that attest to having fear of Him. And even as I thought about this, I knew, I had to run to my computer, and capture this thought, yes, even in fear of Him, to be obedient.
It’s easy for our hearts to get cold, indifferent, and when we do, we have to see this, and stir our hearts back up. Disciplining ourselves….This is why, I try, whenever I can, to give Him glory, or to acknowledge Him, or to defend that which is right, against the wrong. I don’t want evil to think
they can manipulate situations, or to silence me, when I have all of my being because of God and His mercy.
So the fear of God, makes me sometimes be bold, makes me stronger, gives me courage…..why? Because someday, I will stand before God. Someday, when it is all said and done, the book of life will be opened, and God and I will see all that I did. The lambs book of life, will be opened, and it will also reveal I gave my heart to Christ. So, when these books are opened, I want my heart to reflect, that I “disciplined” myself to have this fear…
This fear, keeps me away from sin, it keeps me mindful, that we reap what we sow, and that God is not mocked. Galatians 6:7. I hope this inspires you somewhat, to understand, what I mean from this…..no one cannot tell you what to do! But God, in His spirit, can make a way for you to understand. And if you choose to fear Him, the blessings are more than can be counted….
THE FEAR OF THE LORD, IS THE BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE; BUT FOOLS DESPISE WISDOM AND INSTRUCTION. PROVERBS 1:7.