PRAISING GOD AS YOU ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN HIM ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


IMG_3636Encouraging yourself in God, is your job.  This is where, praise, worship, prayer, reading of Holy King James scripture, and trusting God, comes in.

It is your job.  It is your responsibility.  It should be a way of life.  It should not be done begrudging, or frustrated.  Or in a way, that shows you and God, that you do not lift Him up as a priority.  He sees, He knows.

You train yourself, as a soldier for the Lord.  Your build up your own faith, by “encouraging” yourself in God.

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So many Christians, who say they are Christians, do not try to discipline themselves, to encourage themselves in God.  Do you notice that word, “discipline”  if you are a disciple of Christ, that is derived from that, in disciplining.

David understood that.  He knew, he had to seek God.  He suffered, from everything he went through.  Yet, David was just a man, he had his weaknesses, and sins.  But God loved David.

One thing, I admired about David, was that even though Saul, did not like him, hated him, cast him out, hunted him…. David knew God had anointed Saul.  He knew, better then to try and do the same to him.  Scripture says, touch not my anointed.  What a wonderful example.

But even though, he knew this, he knew he had to encourage himself in God.

We could all learn from this.  To encourage ourselves in God….

Life is not easy, thats for sure.  And even if it was, all the more reason, to encourage ourselves in our Lord.

AND HE SET THE PRIESTS IN THEIR CHARGES, AND ENCOURAGED THEM TO THE SERVICE OF THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.  JUDGES 20:22 KJV.

Blessings, and love,

Elena Ramirez

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I WONDER WHAT GOD THINKS WHEN YOU CALL HIS CHILD A “HERETIC” ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


IMG_1813.jpegTITUS 3:10 A MAN THAT IS AN HERETIC AFTER THE FIRST AND SECOND ADMONITION REJECT.  KING JAMES.  

I guess I wonder, because I was called that yesterday…….

P8280045And the sad thing is, I know I am not a heretic.  I am a child of God.  And I think if you are a Christian, and you know what God has done for you.  And you know who God is, what He can do, His power, His majesty, all of His wonderful attributes, and you Love God.  And I know I do, I always have….

You should not accept being labeled like that.  By anyone. I won’t.  I refuse those kind of words to be spoken over me. I won’t accept that, from anybody, no matter who they are.  Because I know what God has done for me.  I was lost, and broken, and it was Christ that came and soothed me, and tended to my wounds.  And I reject, that word, heretic and refuse to be called that by anyone.  I know who I am in Christ.

That did not come from God, but from the devil himself.  He threw a rock at me. Accusing.  I hope if this individual ever sees this, which I don’t know, or not, if God will make a way to do that, I pray, he looks up Revelation 12:10 from a King James.  Because there is a place in hell for those who accuse the brethren.  I am the brethren.  Bought by the blood of Jesus. I will never take that for granted.

See, I have been bought by the blood of Jesus, and I have accepted my Lord and savior, and yes, He has accepted me.  I know I have a place in His Kingdom.  He has a prepared a place for me.  I repented of my sins.  I still repent for my short comings, because I know I am not perfect.  But I always plead the blood of Jesus, because I never want to give place to the enemy.

Yes I value my salvation.  I never want to be deceived by the enemy.  I never want to take my salvation for granted.  I know the enemy can deceive someone.  Scripture says, let no man steal your crown.  I suppose thats what ticked this individual off to begin with, because I used that scripture reference.  I don’t know, exactly what ticked him off, but it was like he was a time bomb, and he exploded.  I saw it.

BEHOLD I COME QUICKLY:  HOLD THAT FAST WHICH THOU HAST, THAT NO MAN TAKE THY CROWN.  Revelation 3:11 KJV

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I walked in love with this individual, I admired this individual.  This so-called man of God.  I saw an anointing on him, because of his prayers.  Because of his prayers, for our President.  I bet some folks, could just read this, and know who I am talking about, because of his position, even in the body of Christ.  Maybe you will tell him that I wrote this about him.

He took such a mean stance toward me, that I still quite do not understand.  I got a little shocked.  We were discussing, works, and grace, and he totally took my words out of context.  I thought, I was talking to a true brother in Christ.  I was not.

And even if I was wrong, which I don’t think I was, I just feel he should have been a gentleman in Christ, and extended grace to me, he did not.  Instead, he shooed me away like I was filth.  Like a fly. Like I was on the side of the enemy, and I am not.  He made me his enemy, and I looked at him like a brother in Christ….

I rebuke that in the name of Jesus, because I know who I am in Christ.

But it made me think of that Pharisee spirit, that so many can have.  It made me think of those who are in Christ, who may just want to express themselves, and they are put down, or silenced, or not given any patience.  Perhaps, they are baby Christians, and they are trying to find truth, or their way, but instead, treated harshly.

It does make me wonder what God thinks, very seriously, because they have actually turned someone off to God.  When they could have led them to Christ.  It makes me sad, and I am sure it can make God sad to know, that this person, got so turned off, by what they see, with legalistic Christians, hitting them on the head.

No wonder, many are turned off, with religion.  No wonder, many are turned off by Christianity.  But I plead with you even here, if you have been turned off by religious folks, please don’t let that stop you from seeking Christ.  Please, He is love.  He will help you.  No matter what….Its all about relationship with Christ.  But it is up to us individually to seek Him.

See, I also have seen that religious spirit, that Pharisee spirit, from time to time, and it is so cruel, and mean.  I can identify it, and call it for what it is.  I am sure it happens more then I even know.  But God knows, and if you have experienced that, please share your comments here.   I will honor, honesty, in matters like this. IMG_2412

Now, if he had been talking to someone else, I probably would have been crushed by his words to me.  It is a good thing, I had my armor of God on, it is a good thing, I know my King James Bible.  Because I did walk in love.  All I could do was shake the dust off.  I think if I had been more of a baby Christian I would have been so hurt, that perhaps, “religion” would have turned me off.  Well, too, late, religion did turn me off a long time ago.

See, religion is rules, regulations, rituals, traditions made by men, and groups.  I don’t have a religion, I have a relationship with Christ.  I thought this man did as well.  But when it came to just sharing, he took my words, twisted them, insulted me, and tried to hurt me.

This is the definition of that word.  From the dictionary.

HERETIC – SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES OR TEACHES SOMETHING THAT GOES AGAINST ACCEPTED OR OFFICIAL BELIEFS. 

I suppose, if I could have had the chance, I would have asked him, whose beliefs are those?  Yours or God?  Because there was no love in his words. But he did not give me a chance to even communicate. No grace.  Do those words come from God, or from some twisted pre-conceived idea of what religious thinking does and think?  Because I will be honest, that spirit is not from the Christ, I know. And there is no other God. I don’t follow religion.  I follow my Lord, and savior. Jesus Christ.  Because in His spirit, I see, He is love.  He is merciful, kind, patient, and above all, holy.

I hope who ever looks at this, will remember my post.  I pray, you never treat a child of God like that.  No matter how wrong they are.  Or right they are.  Remember, we all look at things differently.  We all have our ways of learning, or understanding.  I was accused of actually omitting things out of the word of God.  Ironic, because I do uphold the King James as whole and true.  So does he.  Thats what was strange.  But even though I do not agree with many who do not uphold the King James.  I still walk in love.  I try at least.

But I know my intention in my heart of hearts,  it was not to misrepresent, or even interpret Gods word, any other way, then what He gives us.  I know the word is not up for private interpretation, but is given by the Holy Spirit.  Read II Peter 1:19-21 KJV

But I know who I am in Christ.  I may not agree with many.  On many different subjects.  Including the loss of salvation.  I believe it can be lost, if someone sins, and does not repent.  Thats when grace runs out.  And no, I don’t look for loop holes in the word of God.  Ezekiel 33 tells us to warn one another.  To save our own souls.  So, yes I do warn. Though, you might call it judging.

There have been battles, spiritual battles, but I always try to remember even though we do not agree, the enemy may have deceived that person.

Yes there have been heretic spirits, I have encountered.  When they actually want to fight, about word.  I don’t want to fight about word.  Or about Gods law.  God is a legal God.  If you don’t agree with me, thats your choice.  But God did not flip flop from the Old Testament, to the New Testament.  He only freed us, from the law of sin and death.  Not His commandments.  But I don’t have to fight.  I know truth stands on its own merit.  And I know God will do the final judging.

To judge another sister, or brother in Christ, scares me, worse yet, to accuse them of being a heretic.  But I pray, never to ever, treat someone so mean, so cruel, as I was treated yesterday.  Sad thing is, I have seen this spirit before.  And it makes me sad.  I know what word says, and it says, we will be known by the love, we have for one another.  And I did not see that love.  From this man.  A man of God.  I suppose thats why I am writing this.

BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YE ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YE HAVE LOVE ONE TO ANOTHER.  JOHN 13:25  King James. 

I hope you remember this.  This is my prayer as I close.  In Christs love, that I honor, and protect, and guard, my heart.  My soul, my being.  In Christ.IMG_1762.jpg

Oh Lord, I pray I never treat a child of yours like that.  Even with what I know Lord.  I pray, I never try to wound someone you call your child.  

Lord, I know, you have given me knowledge, and understanding, discernment in many matters, but I pray, never to hit someone on the head with a bible, with your word.  Father, I know I don’t know everything, and I will not even act like I do.  I know there is much you can teach me.  

Still…But I pray, you teach me.  Because you are kind, and patient.  You know where I am on the vine.  Lord, its a good thing I walked in love with this man.  I did not argue.  I did not try to prove him right or wrong.  As he did me.  It looked like pride. I did not understand his stance.  You know… I had peace, I was not in a spirit of strife.  I knew it.  But it hurt… Since, I have actually agreed in prayer with him.  On other occasions. But he could not see who I was in Christ.  I asked him not to judge me, but he did anyway.  I just expressed myself, and he took my words, and used them against me, calling me a heretic.  

Lord, I forgive him.  But I pray, he sees the error of his ways.  Yes, I suppose it does hurt, somewhat, because I admired him.  But that was the most ugliest, most religious spirit, I have seen, and though I have seen it before in others, I never want to get near it again.  I did not expect that from him. Sad thing is Lord, he did that publicly, in front of others.  Trying to humiliate me, publicly. What does that say about him?  Or even me?  Why did that spirit come out of him?  I suppose this is why I write this post, and make it public.  

That is not who you are Lord.  You tell us, that they will scourge us.  You tell us they will hate us.  You tell us, that we will be known by the love we have for one another, and he did not walk in that love toward me Lord.  I tried, Lord, but you know our hearts.  I put it in your hands, and pray for healing.  I stood, in truth, and you’re love.  Thats all I know.  

Lord, I pray for others who have been hurt by religious folks, who have been cruel.  Heal them, show them your truth, show them, who they are in Christ.  Let them see the truth, to set them free.  I know who I am to you.  I am beloved.  I am precious in your sight.  I am more than a conqueror in Christ.  I know my gifts and callings.  I never want to treat them shabbily, or to ever make someone feel inferior.  I never want to puff myself up.  To be superior, or to treat someone shabbily.  I only want to use my gifts and callings for your glory.  To bring light, so the enemy will not deceive others.  If I have not, I ask for forgiveness.  This will make me very conscience to be careful.  

Lord, we are all on the vine, at different places, some are baby Christians, some are seasoned.  But you love us all!  This comparing in the body of Christ, judging, gets me angry, but I don’t want to sin!  

Lord, I value my salvation Father.  I never want to abuse it, by thinking grace, covers it all.  I am always aware of my part in this covenant, I agree with, by the blood of Jesus. Yes, I have works, because I know that stirs my faith.  According to your word. I know, my works won’t get me into heaven.  But I do them, for your glory, and he could not see that Lord.  He did not recognize me as a sister in Christ. Lord, help us.  The body of Christ.  Because love is missing out of so many that call themselves a Christian.

In Jesus name.  Amen.  

BUT WILT THOU KNOW, O VAIN MAN, THAT FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD?  JAMES 2:20  King James.    

And as I conclude this, I just felt the Lord remind me, that we all have sinned, and come short of His glory.  Read Romans 3:23.  KJV.  All of us have sinned, and we are still capable of sinning.  And how dare, anybody, think they are above God when it comes to judging?  Or calling someone such an ugly name.  Like that, with that kind of wording.  And connotation.  To humiliate publicly….

See, we all have sinned, and we all have been heretics, at one time or another.  In His sight.  Think about it.  Don’t forget what Christ did for you.  See the battle is the Lords.  Not mine.

This person, who I called a brother in Christ,  just happened to insult, a sister in Christ.  And I guess, the Lord knows…..this is why I write about it.

I am His servant.   Its in His hands now.

Elena Ramirez

 

 

 

GUARDING YOUR HEART ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


IMG_2277.jpegSometimes, it takes life, life experiences, other people, and just negative outcomes to teach you to keep and guard your heart with all diligence.  To obey God in this.

PROVERBS 4:23 KEEP THY HEART WITH ALL DILIGIENCE; FOR OUT OF IT ARE THE ISSUES OF LIFE.  KING JAMES 

This can be a hard lesson of life.  It has been for me in many ways.  I thought, with my heart.  I thought and felt with my emotions.  I was an opened book.  I got off balance.  And a false balance is an abomination to God.

A FALSE BALANCE IS ABOMINATION TO THE LORD:  BUT A JUST WEIGHT IS HIS DELIGHT.  PROVERBS 11:1  KING JAMES.  

But sometimes we don’t see it.  We don’t recognize when we are off balance, nor when we are not guarding our hearts.  This is why it is so important to keep seeking God.  

Out of hearts, can come good and evil, and sometimes, one can call good, evil, and evil good.  And woe unto those, who do not see this.

This is why its so important, that we do not let our hearts rule our decisions, our thoughts, our motivations, but we bring it all to the obedience of Christ.  This is why its so important, to give our hearts to Christ.

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  KING JAMES.

This is a very powerful scripture when it comes to the matters of our heart.  Because what we think will affect our heart.  What we think and feel and yes express…

Do we look to see purposely, what exalt’s itself, when it comes to what God says, and what we should know, about God?  

This is why we need to obey Christ.  This is why we need to have the mind of Christ, in understanding.  This is why sometimes, we must keep and guard our hearts.

Suffering, teaches us, sometimes, if we are opened to what God says.  Because we can see God correcting us.  We can see, if we seek Him, there is a solution, to our pain or sorrow.  This is why the scripture says, count it all joy.  

Now I admit its not easy.  But when you are challenged, with anything, the goal should be to seek God.  To help you.  To show you the path to take.  Pride is such a terrible thing to have, because it will hinder you.  But when you suffer, and as you guard your heart, if you do so, in Christ, He will heal your pain, your sorrow, this hurt you feel.  

Sometimes, when you are wounded, this is the most important time to guard and keep your heart.  I sense that for me.  I go silent.  I withdraw.  I trust God.  I pray more.  And God reaches out to me, and puts salve on my wounds.  Cleans the poison, or offenses away from me. He draws me closer to Him.  But I have my part, in this.  

Be humble to God, and don’t guard your heart from Him.  Because He knows you, anyway, but He knows, what you can become or be in Him in Christ.  But if you withdraw from God, you only hurt yourself more.  

AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH PASSETH ALL UNDERSTANDING, SHALL KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS.  PHILIPPIANS 4:7  KJV.

Be careful who you confide in.  Be careful who you let into your heart.  There are times, you want or need to talk, to vent.  But be careful.  Because not everyone will guard your heart, as well, and can use what you share against you.  And that is a very hard lesson of life.  I know. 

See, I know, we all walk in life, and have different journeys.   But in my journey of life, I was so naive, when it came to people.  In trusting them.  In just being friends with some folks.  

To some, I gave them my heart, and they did not honor it.  Or they would not have done or said, the things they did.  In some cases, the wounds reopen.  Especially lately. Its been a rippling affect, but I am breaking the soul ties, by seeking God.  Yes, I always add, I forgive.  But it did do something to me.  

God has always taken people out of my life, that were not good, for me, but I was not aware of how much of my heart, I tried to share, but many stomped on me, and my feelings when they got a chance.  I was sometimes stubborn.  Not wanting to believe the worse about some folks.  

This has done something to my trust level.  So, I am not the opened book I once was.  And it may not even be fair to some, who may not have ulterior motives, or who may be true. But when it comes to people any more, I am just very cautious.  

I will not share my heart, like I used to.  And I don’t want to make my own heart cold.  Because this is what brings life.  By being expressive.  By being love.  Taking chances.  Theres the balance again.  

I just realize.  I need to just trust God.  Yet, I know, how important guarding my heart is.  

I will guard it, and keep it.  

In Christ,

Elena Ramirez 

STOP LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


Version 2If you don’t stop looking for love in all the wrong places, the end result of your life will be trashy….Strong words, but truth, please wake up!

I really feel such a strong desire to write about this.  And when I do, I know, its from God Almighty.  So, I pray, my experiences, this that, what I am about to share with you, helps you, to realize, God does not want you looking for love in all the wrong places, as well.

I am older now, my experiences, have taught me many things.  But I learned, and I learned the hard way, that one should:  

“STOP LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES.”

Please allow me to elaborate.  

Right now, I am not looking for love.  I have a wonderful husband, and son, for over 30 years, we have been married, content, and in love, and we have our son, and so I am not looking for a mate.  

But when I was single, when I was growing up, I made many mistakes and had terrible judgment in this area.  I looked for love in all the wrong places.

I had low self-esteem.  I grew up, with my mom, raising me.  I had a father, I knew who he was.  He was a good man.  But he and my mother, did not get along, and were divorced, when I was just a child. 

So, I did not have that father figure to guide me.  

I have written about this in some similar posts, as my secret to true love.  But, I truly believe this.  That many of us, can get so lonely, so desperate for companionship, acceptance, a need to fit in, with others, that we can look for love in all the wrong places.

And I am not just talking about intimacy, or finding love, but just even in relationships, with friends, groups, etc.  We can look for acceptance, and actually compromise, who we are, because we can get so desperate.  It will distort your judgment. That you can even look for it in alcohol, or drugs.  Don’t do that, it will just make the problem worse, so that you cannot have a clear head in these matters.  

And I will elaborate on that as well.

But I know this worked for me, and years ago, after trial and error, I realized I had to change my method, or my approach to finding love.  I wanted true love. I went to God.  

He told me I needed to repent for my sins.  He showed me what He did on that cross for me.  He counseled me.  You know, He is my greatest friend, counselor, therapist, and adviser.  Theres none like God.  He is not imaginary.  He is very real.  He helps me, and helped me then as well.  

I began searching for truth, from my King James Bible.  And anyone that knows me, knows, I do not recommend any other word. Because it is not changed, or corrupted, as scripture tells us not to do.

Anyway….I began to see His ways, are not our ways.  The way of the world.  

The way of the world looks at love, as something cheap.  Its not.  Love em, and leave em, take what you want, thats not holy, and thats what you get.  Something that is not precious, something that is used, and thats not how God intended it to be for us.  Because He did not create us to have “trashy” spirits.  

So when I saw this, that love is not free, in that regard.  I began praying for the right mate.  I determined, that if God brought me a mate, I would do things His way.  Not mine, or the way of the world.  I promised Him, I would do things His way, and I do try.  

When I met my husband, I laid out some rules.  Because I liked him. And I did see potential.  But I did not want to ruin it with sex, or short changing myself, to try and please someone.  Who might, just take pleasure, and then leave.  Anyway, like they say, why buy the cow, when you get the milk for free?  

So, I told this wonderful man, I met, I wanted to do things right.  The way of the Lord.  So, he listened, and that gave him, respect toward me. 

Well long story short, a few months later, he asked me to marry him.  We got married, by holy matrimony, and we are trying in the way of the Lord, to live happily ever after.  

Has it been easy? No not always, but we work at it, we cherish each other, and honor each other.  Because we honored God to wait.   Because we did wait, and we honored God, we have a supernatural bond, that cannot be broken.  

Now, because I am older, I want you to see, by my experiences, that you can have true love, but you can also see, by what I share, that you need to stop looking for love, in all the wrong places.

I am also talking about just fitting in.  Or having friends.  I know myself.  I am a pretty loyal person.  But I have not always had that returned to me.  Right now, I just have a couple of people, that I call friends, that I love, but people change, and I have seen that in my life.  So, I don’t always trust that.  People can come and go…..

And, I don’t rely on people, to fill a void for me.  That void, is only met, as I seek God.  As I pray, as I read my King James Bible, as I stay away from any kind of sin.

I don’t even rely on family.  But I am very grateful for my immediate family.  That I have now.  

But when I say that, I am talking about other family relations.  See, it was just me and mama.  Daddy passed away first, even though, he did not raise me, I knew him.  He provided what he could.  Mama raised me, but life was hard on her.  I had no brothers and sisters.  I don’t even have family on any side, that communicates with me, besides an aunt.

So, I have adopted people in the past, loved them, like family.  But they abandoned me.  Well, like I said, people can change.  

But I also now look at what people represent.  Do they compromise values?  Do they respect themselves?  Do they lie?  Are they mean?  Do they have integrity?  I am careful now not, to just be a friend with anybody, any more.  I value myself that much, that if someone wants to be my friend, they have to be for real, in having some good values.  ….They have to prove it, to me, now.  

Any way, I feel like there is someone, I am talking to.  Someone, who wants to fit in.  And you are about to compromise yourself, or values, that make you special, in Christ.  Don’t. 

The other day, because I am a Conservative Christian, on social media, someone told me something, and it kind of hurt my feelings, but it made me realize the truth too, because I was supporting something.   This someone told me; you will never fit in with them, because you are Hispanic, and you may agree with them, but they will not accept you.

And that stung.  Because I am an American.  I have legal rights, as an American.  Born and raised here, with indigenous roots.  So….I know who I am.  I am fairly educated, even though in some areas of that, I do lack, because I did not go to college.  

But I realize, even in some Christian circles, I will never be accepted.  By some.  And I am not the kind of person, that looks for race, as my outlet.  So, I don’t use it for, or against anyone either.  But some do.  

But it made me realize, I don’t need to go looking for love, in all the wrong places.  Or even in political circles.  Or even in the body of Christ.  In fact, sadly there are those in the body of Christ, who have hurt me the most.  

I have tried, to be accepted, even in my writings, as my gift.  And hoping, doors would open for me, and they have been shut.  Why?  I don’t know?  Is it the race card, I don’t know, but I know, by some, I will not fit in.  My writings, publishers, have turned away.  If people share my thoughts, thats great, but I don’t ask any more.  

So, I don’t try and second guess any more, because life is too short, to keep banging on doors, that just won’t open. And I don’t compromise by flattery to have those doors open either.  Though, I am nice, polite, I don’t beg. 

I don’t go looking any more, for acceptance, or for favor, or to fit in.  I don’t need drugs, or anything to be a comfort.  

I am content, with what God has given me, in my family, and in Him.  No, I wanted more, in this life I live.  But I see I did reap, what I sowed, in other ways, but now, I don’t care to try, to please people. 

Yet, I see so many hurting, lonely people, that I have compassion for, and the love of Christ rises in me, to want to help, but I also know, in all honesty, we reap what we sow.  

If I could sit a young woman down, and talk to her, maybe she could understand. But since I am not in a position to even be in that “circle” maybe what I write, here, could help her, or him, not to sell yourself.  Not to give yourself away.  

There are valuable attributes, to claim, when you respect yourself. And, no matter where you are, you do not have to give yourself away, to be a part of something good, or great.  

Now, I know God has taught me this, to respect myself, but it did come with some heartache.  But I know, where ever He may lead me, I don’t have to look for love.  I don’t have to beg people to accept me.  I don’t have to compromise my values, in Christ, for acceptance, or to be a part of something.  

I don’t.  And I will not.  

Please just know, you need to “Stop Looking for Love in all the wrong places.”  Don’t take anything to fill that void, clear your spirit.  By not polluting it, or your body. Go to God, He will fill that void in your life.  He knows what you need, He does not make you suffer, just to suffer, but He will correct you, because He loves you. And so suffering does sometimes come with correction.  

Ensure your salvation with Christ.  And I would tell anybody that.  Hell is real, even on earth.  Even if you were a Christian at one time.  Rededicate yourself to Christ.  

Repentance, always clears the slate.  Talk to Him, He is your greatest friend.  You don’t need to beg anybody, or compromise yourself to be with people.  You may long for it, but when God closes one door, He will open another.  

And maybe thats where I am at right now, because I see some doors closing, even now, that I won’t elaborate on, but I am so hopeful, for just a new beginning for me and my family.  

But people will not always be happy for you.  Nor will they support you, because they do not see the value in you, because they don’t see the value in themselves as well.  Some people will purposely try to hold you back.  But you don’t have to give them that advantage over you, if you do things the way of the Lord. 

So move on, and let God guide you.  Your heart will mend, if you do things His way.  Your peace, will be fulfilled, and you will find your heart mended, and that void will go away.

Stop looking for love in all the wrong places…

Just remember this.  God is love.  He is Holy.  Love, real love, can only be fulfilled by Him, and through Him.  Anything else, sorry to say, is not pure, its not good, its not worthy of you losing your soul over. Anything else, could be counterfeit.  If He is not in it.  For you would be missing, the love God could give you.   

BELOVED, LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER:  FOR LOVE IS OF GOD: AND EVERY ONE THAT LOVETH IS BORN OF GOD, AND KNOWETH GOD.  HE THAT LOVETH NOT KNOWETH NOT GOD; FOR GOD IS LOVE.  IN THIS WAS MANIFESTED THE LOVE OF GOD TOWARD US, BECAUSE  THAT GOD SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON INTO THE WORLD THAT WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM.  

I John 4:7-9 King James.  

I hope this helps someone.  Feel free to share this, or to comment, below.  I will gladly pray for you.  

Blessings, in Christ,  Elena Ramirez 

 

WHY IS FAVOR DECEITFUL? ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


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Why Is Favor Deceitful?  By Christian Author Elena Ramirez 

FAVOR IS DECEITFUL, AND BEAUTY IS VAIN:  BUT A WOMAN THAT FEARETH THE LORD, SHE SHALL BE PRAISED.  Proverbs 31:30.  KJV.  

I have to say first, that I fear God.  I have learned that, in my journey of life.  I know there are consequences to sin.  I know, that I have reaped what I have sowed, many times.   So I fear God.  I fear the one, who can part heaven and earth on my behalf.  I fear God, who has the final say, as to whether or not Heaven or hell is my home for eternity.  I fear God.  I have learned this.  

Yet there is grace, and there is a compassion, and mercy, that God extends, but I have to be honest.  Thats favor.  

 And I always want to make you think…. Even as I ask this question. Why is favor Deceitful? For the above scripture says it is. And I believe Gods King James word.

Thats why this blog is called, “Just My Thoughts”, but I know its not me, its God, and He gives me the inspiration, I do have.  I call that favor. And I really study His word, to pray, to have the mind of Christ.  But I don’t take it for granted, because I know its a gift.  And if He favors me to do that, I want to do it, at my best ability, for His glory.  But I also realize….

In my own personal life….

Favor, has not been a strong force in my life.  Even according to the worlds standards.  Doors haven’t flung open.  People, and help has not come my way.  Money has not been a great favor either.  And maybe thats good.  Things, have not easily come to me.  

Yet, He meets my every need.  When I need.  Thats favor as well. I am trying to find the balance in this, because I am grateful.  But yet, I haven’t had great favor from people, even from family.  Or friends, I realize.  As I write this.  

I have had my struggles, and I won’t go into all the details.  But, on the subject of favor, and in my humble opinion, I just have a sense, even lately, that we can miss it.  One can take things for granted.  And I think thats a dangerous place to be.  

You can miss it, if you have favor.  And this is why I believe the scripture says it can be deceitful.  It may handicap you so you don’t strive for the excellence, from God, in fear of God.  

Because you think, you know what?

He loves me, this is a great life I live, and I have His favor.  So you stop trying….

You stop trying to please God.  You stop taking the commandments to heart.  His law. You start puffing yourself up, like you are a know it all, or you might even think you are better then somebody else.  So many people in our world, deny God, because they think its all about them, and that is just wrong.  

And when I give an analogy, of why I feel even here, why favor can be deceitful, it is because it could, cause one, to stop growing.  

Just think about it. Think about the beautiful people you know.  People, that are handed things in life, without much of a struggle, they have favor.  But when you look at them sometimes deeper, you realize like all of us, they have flaws.  But yet, they think they are better.   The light might be on, but who is inside?  

The flaws, may not be on the outside, because they are beautiful.  But inside, they are broken.  But they might not see it.  They are, content, even to say, that they don’t feel like they have to try.  I have met people like that.  I have met some people, who like to play at being dumb, and thats a dangerous place to be.  They put the “duh” in dumb.  

And they may even say they believe in God, but there is something, I see, and I relate it to scripture.  That is missing, and is it because favor was deceitful?

FOR MEN SHALL BE LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES, COVETOUS, BOASTERS, PROUD, BLASPHEMERS, DISOBEDIENT TO PARENTS, UNTHANKFUL, UNHOLY, WITHOUT NATURAL AFFECTION, TRUCEBREAKERS, FALSE ACCUSERS, INCONTINENT, FIERCE, DESPISERS OF THOSE THAT ARE GOOD, TRAITORS, HEADY, HIGHMINDED, LOVERS OF PLEASURES MORE THAN LOVERS OF GOD; HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS, BUT DENYING THE POWER THEREOF, FROM SUCH TURN AWAY.  II TIMOTHY 3:3-5.  KJV (please see this from a King James, these same scriptures are out there, but they are corrupted word)

They deny the power thereof.  I will repeat that, they deny the power thereof, because I think, they believe, the favor they have, or may I even say, the “grace” they have, makes them think they don’t have to even say, please or thank you.  

They don’t have to try, they think its all a given.  The favor.  They think they deserve it.  Just because they are on this earth.  Wrong.  Turn away from those kind of examples.  And those kind of people, they should not be your role model.  Jesus should be.  

Do we deserve favor?  I used to think I did. I used to think, I deserved it.  I used to think, just because I served, God, I deserved it.  But, at this point in my life, with all my own failures, and my own flaws, I don’t think I deserve favor any more.  

Maybe thats sad, to expect it, or want it, and evens ay that here, but maybe its for the best, I have not had great favor.  Now I know, I am the head, and not the tail.  According to scripture, but I want to find the right balance, that pleases God.  

Maybe, because I have learned the hard way, to work for what I have, to be my own person, in Christ, and not take anything for granted.  To study who He is, personally.  And see His attributes, His beautiful characteristics.  

To not take a religious figure, and put them on a pedestal, because we all can miss it.  Because that is also idolatry.  And God gets jealous.  But to just be thankful, for what I do have, and give God glory, because I see the difference.  

See, grace and favor, are great, to have, and I am not an idiot, I would love it.  But, I have learned, as well, that favor, can be deceitful.  The enemy, can distract you, and have doors opened, that may make you, think its favor from God, but it may be a test.  How about that idea?  Hmm…..

I was just talking about this with a friend, lately, that, I am sometimes hard on myself.  But, I would rather be hard on myself, and see the error of my ways, then to offer myself grace, and miss it.  

I don’t want to miss being accountable to God and others.  Growth can only happen when we see the error of our ways, repent to God, and in that process, perhaps apologize to someone, or try to make it up, in one way or another.  But more to God.  To change more like Christ.  To get my eyes off of me, my problems, and look at how Christ relates to it.  

But if you have constant favor, you might not try.  So, you be the judge, in it, concerning your own life.  Yes, I long for favor too, but in it, I just pray, I will not grow cold, indifferent, desensitized, or I will not get puffed up, or full of myself and forget where I came from.

This West side kid, from Denver, Colorado, knows her humble beginnings.  I know where God has brought me, from.  I know, I am nothing without Jesus.  I know I hit rock bottom at one time.  I know, that I fell through the cracks in many ways.   

Maybe thats all the favor I need.  Because He saved me.  He reached out, and saved me.  I will take it, and be thankful.  I will also serve Him, for the rest of my life.  Whether I have extra favor or not.  

God already proved Himself to me, and I know it.  He does not have to jump through hoops for me.  I know He saved me, I know my God.  And I also, know there is a lost world out there.  I know, many need to see His light, and I will try and shine it.  

And I pray if I ever get any more favor, I will always be mindful to consider those scriptures above, and not deny the power, thereof.  Because then the scripture would be fulfilled to say that yes, favor is deceitful.  And I don’t want favor to be deceitful in my life.

 Just saying….in just these thoughts of mine.

Blessings and love,

Elena Ramirez 

 

 

WATCHING THE COMPANIONS YOU WALK WITH ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


IMG_3138WATCHING THE COMPANIONS YOU WALK WITH ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez

 
I learned at an early age that people can influence you. They can corrupt you, they can ruin your life, if you don’t get wise.
 
Wisdom, sometimes, it does not come till much later in our lives. Because we have to learn through our mistakes. We learn through our sins, we learn through the lack of progress…
 
At least I did.
 
Anyway, I feel like I need to write this for someone. To warn you. There is….
 
Someone, that just is not good for you. You know it, but you need to know what God says…. Because you keep going with it. Maybe you love that person, maybe you keep forgiving…. But the bottom line is this person is destructive, and will be the ruin of you.
 
You are unequally yoked with this person. There is no understanding, or respect to you, for your love for God. You need to get away….
 
Scripture tells us to not be unequally yoked with an unbeliever. I could write the scripture down here for you.
 
But you need to start searching, and growing in the Lord.
 
Get a King James bible. Then get a concordance, a good Bible King James bible app. Put in the words, “unequally yoked.” Or righteousness, darkness, also as options. To find the scripture. (clue its in II Corinthians)
 
Keep growing my friends, and be careful who you walk with….
 

LEARNING TO REBUKE IN THE NAME OF JESUS ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


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If interested in reading my books via Smashwords, go to this link. My latest book. BEHAVIORAL CURSES THAT CHANGE INTO BLESSINGS WITH CHRIST. This book brings attention to the behaviors, one may have that can contribute to a curse. But by Christ it can change into a blessing. A must read for someone wondering about generational curses etc. And why we do some of the things we do….
“HOW TO HAVE FAITH” This book is a self-help book to bring insight to your faith, and to know what pleases God. Both are on SMASHWORDS…..
https://www.smashwords.com/interview/ElenaRamirezChristianauthor
If interested in ordering the Paper Back go to this link. http://howtohavefaith.wordpress.com

I probably, could write a book on this.  Rebuking.  I have done enough fighting in my lifetime, physical and spiritual to know the tactics of the enemy.  

And the many ways, we should learn to rebuke.  

But, I will for now, just reserve that thought, until I get a prompting from God, or even my readers.  Because I will not move until God gives me direction.  I will not cast my pearls to swine,  and I will not do something this great, without the anointing.  I need to see the favor.  I need to see, the plan of God, directing me, or even someone to give me a book deal.  I need to see the anointing.  

So I rebuke, the obstacles that get in the way of that, even here.

And I guess that leads me to write this, because so many of us as Christians, do not realize the authority, we have in rebuking.  And I see it so clear lately.  

We need to learn…But we need to teach ourselves, through the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

We can get lost, in our own battles, in our own way of thinking.  If we do not utilize Christ as the way, the truth, and life.

Jesus did it.  He rebuked.

AND JESUS REBUKED THE DEVIL: AND HE DEPARTED OUT OF HIM: AND THE CHILD WAS CURED FROM THAT VERY HOUR. Matthew 17:18 King James

And he taught us, that we have an authority in Jesus name.  We have power from heaven above to speak things, into the natural atmosphere, but also into the supernatural atmosphere.

We can rebuke people, thoughts, and it just reminds me, that we do not always battle against flesh, and blood, but authorities in high places.  But the enemy uses people.  So rebuke someone, when it does not line up with the Holy word of God.  I do more then ever! Courage….

But I briefly, want to touch on rebuking in our minds.  You see the battle is in the mind.  What you think is usually the outcome.  And there is some negative thinking out there.  Again, I remind you from a few previous posts, I wrote even here, beware of subliminal messages.  They are all over.  That try to inundate you, to make you feel powerless.  People get some junk out there, and they think its true.  

But does it line up with the Holy word, of a King James bible?

When you have battles in the mind, doubt creeps in.  Fear comes in, IF you let it.  Do you see that key word… “IF”?

Aren’t you tired of being sick and tired?  Not seeing any progress.  I am no longer going to be tired, I am going to do something about it, even if it is just in my mind.  I am not going to give into defeat.  I am not going to NOT believe, so I can make  progress.  

I am not going to believe reports.  If my Bible says otherwise.   I am not.  My bible says, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me, and I believe it.  

I KNOW THAT I KNOW WHO GOD IS, AND I REBUKE THE DEVIL IN THE NAME OF JESUS, AND BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS I PLEAD!

You have to take captive these thoughts, whatever they may be.  You must bring them to the obedience of Christ.  You must if you want a victory…..

Get the mind of Christ….Not the worlds.  Not another Christian leader, not some pawn of the enemy.  Get the mind of Christ.  But you have to go for it, discipline yourself, and stop being lazy.  

I have faith, in God, truth is, I have not always have had faith in me.  But the beginning is knowing who He is.  Knowing He is not mocked.  How just a little doubt can make you go without.  So I rebuke, doubt.  

I rebuke anything that tries to overwhelm me in my thinking.  I rebuke it.  I kick it away, like a tin can, and say, with the power of God, that tells me I can remove mountains be gone!  This gives me confidence, because greater is He that is in me, then he that is in the world.  

I am not going to give you a books worth of thought, but a seed here.  Which again, may grow into a book.  We will see…

But be mindful of your thoughts.  Be mindful to claim holy King James word.  Be mindful of your words, that stop the progress.  Be mindful of how you treat people.  Or even God….He is not mocked.  He hates pride, but lifts up the humble.  So be careful how you rebuke.  Be careful love is in it….Love of God first!

Be mindful, to obey God, in your prayer, by knowing how to rebuke, remember, Christ told us, whatsoever we bind on earth, will be bound.  Whatsoever we release in his name, will be released.  When you are in that state of sadness, depression, defeat, whatever, rebuke it! 

In the name of Jesus.  

Start taking your authority.  Be bold, be courageous, don’t wimp out!  Don’t have a pity party!  Pick yourself up by your boot straps, put on your armor of God, and rebuke in the name of Jesus!  LEARN!

I humbly admit, I don’t know it all…but I know who God is.  And I know, He can teach me, He has.  But you have to want to learn.  Stop walking around like a zombie.  Stop, just accepting defeat, as the way.  Its not the way of Christ…..

You have an assignment, look up King James scriptures on the word REBUKE.  And then meditate on them, memorize them, gain strength, hide them in your heart for the time you need them…..

 

AND THE LORD SAID UNTO SATAN, THE LORD REBUKE THEE, O SATAN, EVEN THE LORD THAT HATH CHOSEN JERUSALEM REBUKE THEE;  IS NOT THIS A BRAND PLUCKED OUT OF THE FIRE?  ZECHARIAH 3:2 KING JAMES.  

PREACH THE WORD; BE INSTANT IN SEASON, OUT OF SEASON, REPROVE, REBUKE, EXHORT WITH ALL LONGSUFFERING AND DOCTRINE.  II TIMOTHY 4:2 KING JAMES.

AND DAVID WENT OUT TO MEET THEM, AND ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO THEM, IF YE BE COME PEACEABLY UNTO ME TO HELP ME, MINE HEART SHALL BE KNIT UNTO YOU:  BUT IF YE BE COME TO BETRAY ME TO MINE ENEMIES, SEEING THERE IS NO WRONG IN MINE HANDS, THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS LOOK THEREON, AND REBUKE IT.  I CHRONICLES 12:17.  KING JAMES

Blessings, and love, Elena Ramirez