REMEMBER THE LOVE THE GOOD TIMES TO GO ON EVEN IF YOU ARE HURT ~ By Elena Ramirez
Sometimes, people have to speak things over us, by God so we can see it. So, this is what I will do for you, as my husband spoke this over me.
You see, I had a very dear friend, who I loved dearly. And we were friends for over 25 years. I loved this lady dearly, and you know what she loved me. She was a very generous lady, a very kind lady, in Christ. We both were prayer warriors.
But people change, and I suppose I did too. And well the enemy divided us up. I never thought, I would see that day, but it did happen.
And I won’t go into all the details, but when respect is not given or received, or when one is rejected, well one walks away. I did. Maybe I misunderstood, but since she would not clarify it, thats what I interpreted.
Anyway, long story short, its been over a month. Since we have talked. And I don’t expect her or me to budge in this. Its not that I have pride, but I know when I have done all I can and so, I know I could not add anything more.
But I found myself getting bitter about it, angry, yes I told her I forgave, and I do. But sometimes, you can war within yourself in these matters. I did.
Last night my husband and I were briefly talking about it. And I said, I just feel indifferent now. Not that I don’t care, because I do, but I just am disappointed.
He told me, you know, you need to just let it go. You outgrew each other, and just remember the good in her, she is a good person, and for what it was worth, she blessed you, you blessed her, and now its done. Its over.
Something about his words, ministered to me. I went to sleep finally at peace about it. I prayed God bless her. She is a very kind, and generous person, and she made me laugh, and we were good friends, but sometimes, things change.
People outgrow each other, for different reasons. I suppose she outgrew me, and not that I outgrew her, because I accepted her as she was.
But I accept her choices now, and I RESPECT, her reasons. Even though I do not understand. I can go on.
Perhaps, you struggle, with someone, from your past. Someone you love. A friendship, or even a love. Remember the love, the kindness, the friendship, and don’t demonize them, or hate them, but just release them, with the love, the good that bound you.
See you have to make sure poison, of unforgiveness does not affect you. You have to make sure you are doing your part according to Christ. I cannot control the situation, but I can control how I react to it. I release her in Christ, because she was a gift.
There is a saying, if you love someone, let them go, and if they are yours they will return. I love my friend, enough to walk away, and let her go. I don’t seek to return, to her, nor do I think she seeks to return to me. It is what it is. But I accept it now, with forgiveness in my heart.
But I have peace, and thank God for the times, we were friends, it nurtured me, and I rejoice in the gift of what it was then. It was a gift.
But some gifts, are returned to the sender. No matter what the heart felt intention was. If it was not true, it will show itself. See gifts are just something that is icing on the cake.
But if the sentiment, does not follow up with respect it does not prove itself.
Oh well. God bless your day.
By Elena Ramirez
A FRIEND LOVETH AT ALL TIMES, AND A BROTHER IS BORN FOR ADVERSITY. PROVERBS 17:17 KJV.
As God is my example, of course I forgive. I release the poison. I will not keep it in my heart. I will obey God.
But as God is my example, I do not tolerate disrespect. GOD IS NOT MOCKED. I release the disrespect and the mockery, and I stand my ground. I take back my respect from anybody who tries to steal it.
Disrespect is a form of mockery, and if my Lord, does not tolerate it, why should I? I don’t have to, and I can keep my peace and walk away.
It does not mean I do not forgive it means, I know who I am in Christ.
BE NOT DECEIVED; GOD IS NOT MOCKED: FOR WHATSOEVER A MAN SOWETH, THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP. FOR HE THAT SOWETH TO HIS FLESH SHALL OF THE FLESH REAP CORRUPTION: BUT HE THAT SOWETH TO THE SPIRIT SHALL OF THE SPIRIT REAP LIFE EVERLASTING. AND LET US NOT BE WEARY IN WELL DOING; FOR IN DUE SEASON WE SHALL REAP IF WE FAINT NOT. AS WE HAVE THEREFORE OPPORTUNITY, LET US DO GOOD UNTO ALL MEN, ESPECIALLY UNTO THEM WHO ARE OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH.
GALATIANS 6:7-10 KJV.
I hope these thoughts will encourage someone. You see, long story short, if you have ever been disrespected by someone, it feels like they have taken something away from you. And its hard to regain trust, or even a sense of confidence, when you allow someone to do that. Even after you forgive. But Christ did not tell us, to trust someone who does that.
It has happened to me a few times, and even by family members. So recently when an offense occurred between me and a former friend, I knew I could not allow it. And I hate to say former, but right now, it does not look good. I will always care though for this person.
I had tried to extend grace, but that same grace was not extended to me. I called it for what it was. Respect. Respect was not given to me. I was being snubbed and ignored. And I took my respect back.
I walked away. And sometimes you have to do that. The sad thing, is, I love the person. But this person, would not give me the courtesy, that I extended. And it took me a while. To see, it, but really I see and believe God showed me.
I was in a spiritual battle for over two weeks, and I was trying to keep communication opened, but it was closed shut in my face. The Lord showed me this person was given to change. Said one thing, but yet, was being offended with me, and it just did not make sense.
MY SON, FEAR THOU THE LORD, AND THE KING: AND MEDDLE NOT WITH THEM THAT ARE GIVEN TO CHANGE. Proverbs 24:21. KJV.
This person was given to change. The actions, the “heartfelt intentions” this person said they had, did not match the actions.
I think it took me a while because sometimes, you don’t see it. Its subtle, its in subliminal ways, that people treat you, that may be indirect, but keep you puzzled. Or frustrated, because you cannot resolve issues. This is where I was with this person. But I did not see it, because love and friendship should be gracious. Should be kind, it should be honorable. I gave it, in grace. But grace was not extended to me.
But if you are tolerated, and not celebrated. Look and see the signs. Its not in the gift one gives, but in the respect.
You need to see what people really mean, by their actions. Not so much their words. But their actions. Silence is not always golden, my friend.
And if you are an opened book, like I am. You expect someone to be honest, and opened with you. Respect yourself, and reject anybody who will not respect you. Anyone who tries to control you, by that is using manipulation. And the KJV scriptures talk about that, as being like witchcraft. Nope walk away.
Remember its not just about forgiving. Its about knowing who you are in Christ. He did not call us to become door mats, or someones stepping stone. Yes, forgive so the poison, will not penetrate you. But respect yourself enough, to walk away. Know who you are in Christ. Put on your armor of God, and walk away. Quench those fiery darts, by His love.
I hope this helps someone.
Blessings, and love,
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,
Sin, it separates us from God. Sometimes we don’t even know we sin, because we think we are o.k. But then a heartache may come, a sorrow, and we cannot understand why could this even happen to us?
God uses these things to draw us close to Him, if we just only search….
You see, we do reap what we sow. Some call it Karma, but it is a scriptural principle. So please do not use that word, like the world. Understand it by the scripture. The “principle” of Gods Kingdom.
BE NOT DECEIVED; GOD IS NOT MOCKED; FOR WHATSOEVER A MAN SOWETH, THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP. FOR HE THAT SOWETH TO HIS FLESH SHALL OF THE FLESH REAP CORRUPTION; BUT HE THAT SOWETH TO THE SPIRIT SHALL OF THE SPIRIT REAP LIFE EVERLASTING. GALATIANS 6:7-8
Like what goes up, comes down. Its the principles, of life, God has placed, as parameters, to guide us. To teach us. To protect us. To know, with understanding, and true knowledge, His ways.
Sometimes, it takes a whole lifetime, to teach us these things, but if we receive the instruction and correct them in time, we may be able not only to avoid heartache, but receive healing. Not only spiritual, but even physical. Even for future generations. If we see it in time, we may even produce fruit. Spiritual fruit, as well, as physical fruit.
I feel like I am talking to someone. Yet, I know this applies to all of us. God is talking to all of us. But, I know because of my own life. I know, I have reaped, many things, that I wish I had not gone through. These heartaches and sorrows. Even physical ailments, have caused me to humble myself in the sight of God, and ask why? And He has shown me through His holy word. My sins, separated me from God.
But I have learned from these sorrows and heartaches, and I humble myself before God. Pleading the blood of Jesus, acknowledging my sins. Even now still, I think of my past sins, and I am so ashamed.
They caused heartache, sorrows, and even illness. Yes illness. If you smoke, or sin, the sin, produces illness. Like cancer.
One might ask, how can a good God, allow heartache and sorrow? Look at the world, some may say. There is this and that, and what kind of a good God would allow this?
If we look closer, even with Adam and Eve, He did not want us to eat from the tree of good and evil. But disobedience, caused it. It separated them from God, and to this day, it will also separate us from Him.
Yet, they do not see, that when we disobey. When we do not take God at His holy word, there are repercussions. Christ warned us. He said, do not be deceived. He told us, that the enemy, comes to kill, steal, and destroy. We are told, not to give place to the enemy. We are told, not to sin. We are told, we reap what we sow. We are told truth. But many do not heed it.
The principle then takes an alternate route from the good things God has promised, and therein is the answer. Its disobedience. And that does not produce good things.
God has taught me, and it has humbled me, so much so. I throw away any pride, any self ability, and see, I am nothing without God. I cried an still do cry at the mercy seat, and my Lord, did have mercy on me.
And does, but I am so careful now. So very, very careful, to try and do it His way. Because though, I am not exactly where I wanted to be, or could have been. I have now just a strong sense of who He is. And the love, and mercy He extends to all of us. By sending His Son, our Lord, to die for my sins, on that cross, has given me such a strong desire to learn His ways. To obey. Our dear Lord Jesus, took our sins, upon Him.
Yes, God corrects us, but He tells us, He does so, because He loves us.
MY SON, DESPISE NOT THE CHASTENING OF THE LORD; NEITHER BE WEARY OF HIS CORRECTION: FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CORRECTETH; EVEN AS A FATHER THE SON IN WHOM HE DELIGHTETH. HAPPY IS THE MAN THAT FINDETH WISDOM, AND THE MAN THAT GETTETH UNDERSTANDING. PROVERBS 3:11-12.
This love, does have conditions. People say, oh God loves you unconditionally. But thats wrong to say. He loves you, yes, but He does not accept sin. He does not accept disobedience. He has conditions, and they produce excellence. The fear of God, is so important in matters like this.
But then again you hear. I don’t fear God. He is too good. Yes, He is good, but He is not mocked. Again, we reap what we sow. Teachings that do not include being in obedience, with fear of God, do not take His holy word to heart. When was the last time you heard that?
And this is what I see, as I look at so many ministries, and feel good religions, that take truth, and disregard it. They do not take a Holy word, and an anointed word, a King James preserved word, and they use these corrupted bibles, and mans word, to validate something, that God has not approved of, or accepted.
And people wonder why God has abandoned them, or will not answer their prayer, or let them continue to have heartache and sorrow, or whatever else it may be that ails them.
There is no peace to the wicked. This is scriptural. Look it up in a King James bible. Begin searching for answers. You will find them. But….
There is no answer without God in it. Our world, has purposely decided, to eliminate God from the picture, and because of that, it has brought curses.
Think about the curses, that the Egyptians, reaped, when they would not let the people of God free, and Moses, continually went back and forth. Everything from pestilence, to frogs, to the first born dying, were curses, because they would not believe God. To set those people free.
Now we see in our world, everything, as well, that clearly shows, the repercussions, of sins. I pray we get it right. But we have in our world, many heartaches, and sorrows, because of our disobedience.
I can only suggest, that you study yourself, your ways, your thoughts, and see what are they based on? God could use you.
Repentance, clears the slate, for all of us. None is holy, we all have sinned, we all fall short of the glory of God.
But I write to you, if you wonder why you have had this heartache or heartaches. Just so you know, again, God will, and can and does use these things to correct us, to change us, to His ways.
Repentance, and prayer, with a good King James Bible are the tools you need to change, that heartache and sorrow, to joy in the Lord. Learning Gods ways.
And I just have to say something here as well, as the Lord prompts me, do not return evil from some heartache or sorrow you have gotten even from someone else. Vengeance belongs to God not us.
You may be hurt, and with sorrow, and may not understand the principles, but seek God, let Him, mend your heart. Let Him, show you His ways. Let Him, be your comfort. Let Him, be your love.
This is not the time to be lazy. Or put it off. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Get it right now. WAKE UP PEOPLE!
Truth counts….Not only now my friends, but for eternity. Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. John 14:6 King James.
Blessings, and love, Elena Ramirez
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