HOW TO HAVE FAITH IN YOUR PATIENCE
Have you ever met people, and they are inconsistent, and very apt to be impatient? They almost seem like a time bomb, ready to explode. To be honest, I stay away from people like that. I have watched a few people who cause me to take notice. They are not patient. They are not trustworthy.
They fly off the handle, they fume, they fuss, they have temper tantrums, and they slam doors, or whatever. But, your thinking gee, that person, is very impatient, to say the least. But it is a matter of patience. It is a matter of respect. Yes respect yourself, enough, not to lose control. Its a matter of self-control. But how can you gain that?
The greatest sense of self-control, one can have, is learning who Christ is. Taking on His attributes. Taking on the mind of Christ. Believe me, I know. You see, I had to learn who Christ was, so I could change. Before I knew Christ, I was a mess, to say the least.
And many times, we don’t know how to change. We don’t know how to let go and let God. To gain a better sense of self-control. To gain, a self confidence, and control to do things differently.
There are so many wrong examples, that we can learn from. But it takes real discipline, real commitment to God, to find out who you can be in Christ. To grow, to change. By seeking God. By learning, who Christ is, by taking His attributes. By praying, and yes reading holy word. I always recommend a KJV. You want the purity of holy word, not corrupted word.
Christ is the vine, we are the branches, you can get strength being on the vine with Christ. To change. If not you will become a broken branch that is tossed to the fire, that metaphor, is not only spiritually but physically. Broken people, are not healthy, spiritually or physically. Looking for crutches, in drugs, or people, or anything of substance to take away the pain. The frustration comes out by being impatient.
When it really could be a matter of self control, that comes from Christ. Christ does not want us to be dependent on anything but Him. This is why He is jealous. He is God almighty, and there is nothing like Him. Because He and only He can fulfill us. He knows this, in His own wisdom, that He longs to pass on to us. And…Give us a reason to live. Give us a sense of understanding, to live life more fully.
The fruit we receive being on that vine with Christ, shows to ourselves, and others, that with Christ, we gain so much more then eternal life, we get a sense of how to live that life. Patiently. Trusting Him.
Its not easy, but one can gain patience. One can gain a sense of peace, in any situation, because if you make Christ the ruler of your heart. You are making a decision, to surrender even your impatience to God, who wants to change you.
Trust God, friend. He knows the picture, He knows the beginning from the end. He can make that difference. No matter what your situation is, don’t give up, but patiently wait on the Lord. So you can learn patience.
Theres only one thing we take with us when we leave this world. Thats our soul, and Christ, will only receive a soul, that made the commitment, to accept Him as Lord and savior.
Does your soul reflect, you have made Him, Lord, and savior? In patience?
IN YOUR PATIENCE POSSESS YE YOUR SOUL. LUKE 21:19. KJV.
Just food for thought today. Blessings, and love, Elena Ramirez
So, its almost the end of the year of 2015. And I am thinking, I need to make resolutions. For 2016. As a Christian. But personally as well. Things I know, but things, I need to implement, even in writing. To decree it, to remind myself, to justify it by words. Not my words, but every pure and holy word of God, from my King James Bible. That is not corrupted.
And when I see other brothers and sisters in Christ, using corrupted word, my heart aches for them. As I know God does ache for them too, but I can only pray to make a difference, in someones faith, in their ability to know God, and to be fulfilled, in the calling for their life.
That people would see the many warnings, in scripture that warn us about this deception. Including, Revelation 22:18-19. And I know this is my calling, so even here, as I write my resolutions, I pray you see the deception of using corrupted Bibles.
This scripture came to me just yesterday, and it just tells it like it is, how so many are deceived, by someones greed, that changes a Holy Bible. It is sad, but this scripture hits it on point. They have made merchanise of Gods word, by changing it with the excuse that versions bring insight. But in doing so they have disobeyed God. They have corrupted a holy word.
So I stop to make this point before I go on with my resolutions. And I know the timing comes from God almighty…. So, I add this on…
AND THROUGH COVETOUSNESS SHALL THEY WITH FEIGNED WORDS MAKE MERCHANDISE OF YOU: WHOSE JUDGMENT NOW OF A LONG TIME LINGERETH NOT, AND THEIR DAMNATION SLUMBERETH NOT. II Peter 2:3.
Friend, you don’t want to reap that same damnation. So I implore you go back and use a King James Bible. Not a NKJV either, don’t confuse that. That is corrupted as well. As well as all of those versions.
This is my goal front and center, in Christ. As this year ends. And the new year starts….But in my journey, of life, I pray God gives me countless opportunities. To show you all the deception of these “revised” bibles.
So I ask God for long life, in all of my resolutions. So here, now are just my thoughts, my resolutions, and I pray it blesses. For my walk with God, for my life. In this journey we call life.
I probably will revise this, and add more to it, as the Holy Spirit leads, so feel free to come back and check it out. But there is something to be said, about giving God glory, so here goes:
My first resolution, and determination for the new year is to give God glory. To praise Him, to acknowledge Him, to always bring God into every conversation, if possible. To shine His truth. In all that I am. To speak it, to write it, to be someone who represents the King of Kings. As an ambassador of Christ. I want to do this with His holiness, His ability, His power, His might. His miracles magnified. I cannot do it on my own, but by who He is.
I want to please God. For I know, my life, my blessings are so determined on that. Faith pleases God. So I will daily work on my faith.
I want to walk in the authority of Gods word, my King James bible, that is not corrupted, and is holy and know that I can rebuke something that is not of God, from my life. I want you to walk in that holiness as well. So I will keep hammering it, till God says stop.
I want to have the mind of Christ. To think, say and do that which is right in His sight.
I want to get back what the devil has stolen from me. I pray I can see the fulfillment. Just so I can say, “Look what the Lord has done for me.” It gets me righteously angry, that I was so naive. So ignorant to Gods truth, that I see the many mistakes I made. Yes, I judge myself. We are called to do that, and though, I want to extend grace even to myself, I cannot help and see, I can be my own worst enemy, by not obeying God.
So yes, I want to be mindful with the mind of Christ, to obey God, and listen ever so carefully to the promptings of the H0ly Spirit.
I need to always remember to discipline myself through Gods Holy word, by reading it. Chewing on it. Meditating on it, writing it, and living it. As I claim it. Sharpening my spirit. Sharpening my senses so I am not dull and dumb. I see how the enemy deceives when any of us do not know truth Gods, truth.
I want to be mindful to walk in love. To be love, as Christ is love. To always be a reflection of Christ. To all. To be polite. To not seek my own gratification but that of others first, in the sense that I cannot be selfish. Self, is a symptom that the enemy can sneak in there to steal and deceive. So I want to be aware of the enemies antics.
Yes knowing that the enemy, comes to kill steal and destroy, has taught me more then ever to submit to God. OBEY GOD!
Resist the enemy and he will flee. So I will rebuke the enemy. I will rebuke those negative thoughts of doom and gloom. And send them right back to the pit of hell. I send curses back to the sender. I am called to bless, but if someone wants to curse, they bounce right off of me, because I wear the armor of God. Which reminds me, I need to put on that armor daily. And it quenches the fiery darts of the enemy. They reap what they sow. As I do. Knowing this is a principle, that is like a boomerang.
I will be prayerful. I know there is power in prayer. So I resolve to pray for myself, and others. To not forget the power of just even a small whisper to say, God help me. Help that person.
I want to be kind to all. To have the compassion of Christ. To extend mercy. So they will see Christ in me.
I want to be firm in my resolve in what is truth and what is not. I cannot compromise any more, my values. For anyone. This goes back to pleasing God. If people do not like that about me, that is their problem, not mine.
I want to be a truth seeker for all things. Something about truth it frees a person, and so I see the need to seek it and bring truth to the light for myself. To grow, to change, to not be ashamed.
I want to walk in the authority of who I am in Christ. Totally. As the Kings daughter. I need to see, I am Royalty. I am the head. Not the tail. I am to be respected, honored and cherished. So I do that for myself morally, and with integrity. My past does not indicate my future, for I have repented. I don’t need to follow the crowd. I follow Jesus. And that keeps me on the straight and narrow path.
So, I remind myself, that repentance is always the key to getting back right with God. For I make mistakes. But purposeful disobedience, is so very wrong, and repentance does not accomplish anything if I do not learn from my mistakes. If I purposely disobey. So, I will not treat the sacrifice of my Lord and savior Christ shabbily.
I will work out my salvation, with fear and trembling in the fear of God. Being fearful of God, is one of the most healthiest things I can do, and it keeps me out of trouble. And I then can avoid the consequences. If only, by example, by even writing this, I pray the body of Christ would get this, and understand it, for it is not taught.
I need to eat better, physically because my physical health is so vital in this. But I also need to eat spiritually nothing but that which is of God. I don’t need to eat junk food spiritually or physically. And when I say junk food spiritually, I have to be mindful of subliminal messages that come in the form of junk, or evil. I don’t need to eat anything that offends God. I don’t need to know anything evil. I am reminded of Adam and Eve, and that they ate from the tree of good and evil. THAT WAS SIN! God did not want them to know evil. So I know this is sin. Just because one knows how to do something, does not mean they should. Reject it. I do not want sin in my life, in any shape or form, so I will be careful to discipline myself in that which I eat physically and spiritually. I realize what a gift health is, so I pray to know that which is healthy.
I am reminded to test and try the spirits. I have seen in this past year, many who claim they come in the name of the Lord, but their fruit is rotten. There are deceptive spirits. Who do not obey God, even in the word they choose. They compromise. And it is so evident it is sin. They actually reject Gods law, and take scripture and try to manipulate, and justify their sin, by grace. And that is just wrong. It is an abuse of Gods mercy, and I will be ever so careful not to trust people. But to trust God. My King James bible. For it says, thus saith the Lord!
I am reminded that my spiritual growth is my responsibility. So I cannot get a lazy attitude, to put off anything. For the truth of matter, is tomorrow is not promised to anyone. I have to see how valuable my time is. I have to see how important that in this time I have not to put off anyone or myself, and more then anything God. Being rushed is not an excuse to put off God. So I must discipline myself first to always go back to step one. To give God glory.
I know more then ever, how important Salvation is, how important it is to make things right with God. To be humble, to be aware, how pride steals, and is a characteristic of the enemy. So I must always relinquish pride, in being humble. To forgive. To forgive others and myself. To let go of offences. To have my peace. There are times, I cannot engage in battles.
So I remember the battle is the Lords. I have always been of the mindset to fight. I am a warrior at heart. But there are some things I see, even now in this time of my life. I cannot fight. But God can, so I see my Lord, more then ever, defending me. Taking care of me, protecting me. Providing for me.
So I am thankful. I resolve more then ever, to be grateful. To always count my blessings. To see they out number my lack. Which I know God can fill up my cup. But I know more then ever, I do not seek God for what He can give me, but for who He is. I know that…So I pray to be a giver, in great and big ways. But to give, is just such a sweet release of being grateful.
I plead the blood of Jesus, when all else comes to that point of understanding. It is all about what Christ did on that Cross for me. The blood of Jesus, is the final authority in who I am so I resolve to plead it for I know, my own ability, my own gifts and callings yes work together for the sake of the Kingdom of God. But it is the blood of Jesus I plead, that makes me who I am in Christ. I am a miracle. That supernatural sense of miracles. Because of the sacrifice of Christ.
And I pray, my love, my obedience, my longing to please Him, which goes back to the first steps with bless my King. For now, I conclude my resolutions. But leave room, even here to come back to decree it. In the name of Jesus, this is my decree, my resolution, with wisdom, for the new year. Of 2016. May it be to the glory of God in my life. For myself, and my family, to be blessed, and others.
In Jesus name, with love, His love,
Mirror, mirror on the wall…..
I Samuel 12:21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit, nor deliver; for they are vain.
So what is the strange connection between idolatry and vanity?
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:26.
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I Corinthians 10:14.
Well one must go to the root of spirits. The root of good and evil. One must try and understand, this is a spiritual characteristic. One must see who God is, and yes see who the devil is.
We are told that the devil, was beautiful to look at. He was, the morning star. He wanted to lift himself up, and was jealous of God, and God kicked him out of heaven.
Luke 10:18 And He said unto them, I beheld satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Another terrible trait. Jealousy.
Do you ever notice something about God? He hides Himself. His glory, is so bright, that when Moses talked to Him, his countenance changed, and God placed Moses in the cleft of the rock. One could see that could be modesty, if we like Him, want to be in holiness.
Now, idolatry, is anything, that tries to lift itself up higher then God. Many scriptures tell us, God is a jealous God. And there are many scriptures that tell us how offensive that is to God.
So lets look at an example of idolatry, in people we admire. People, who are beautiful. Do you know by trying to imitate them, that is idolatry? That spirit of who they are, can be transferred. No one, but Jesus, is worthy to imitate in life. And when we take our eyes off of God, we are so open and prone to receive spirits that are not of Christ. Why would anyone of us, not be wise enough to see the deception of that? But it happens. Even with good Christian people. Who do not know better.
I just feel led to write this. I am older, I have made many mistakes myself, in vanity. But I think I have learned a few things as well.
We must guard our spirits. We must try to go back to the old ways. Yes keep your physical body healthy, and take good precautions to care that you look healthy, and well groomed. I was going to say take “pride” in your appearance. But that again, is a characteristic, that we must see God hates. Pride puffs itself up. It says, I am better then you. Its just wrong.
All I know, especially in these times, everything seems to be centered around peoples looks, their money, and even in the body of Christ, people are not seeing it.
Recently, I saw a page about a famous pretty woman, and she ranted and raved, about how pretty she was, and that she never had surgery to enhance her looks. It just seemed oh so conceited.
What a terrible example we have given our young women. Our girls. It cheapens them. It lowers their value in the sight of God. What happened, to modesty, innocence? Chastity, yes, it may be old fashioned. But with std’s and sin, that does not promote saving yourself for marriage, our society is in trouble. Being vain, only contributes to this.
I just hope you take this to heart. I know I have repented, for thoughts about myself, that must seem so vain in the sight of God. My own other sins, and just things…. Concerning clothing, and yes appearance.
We all have to work on our souls. One may be beautiful on the outside. Which people do look at, but God looks at the heart.
What does He see, when He sees us? It is an on going process. In repentance, and innocence, and modesty.
I know, people don’t talk about holiness. But it is important. Our spirits, our hearts, should only try to reflect Christ. Be beautiful because of who Christ is in your heart. You do not need to imitate anybody else.
Beware of the spirit of idolatry, and vanity.
Blessings, and love,
I hope these scriptures, bring some light to this subject.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30
Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Ezekiel 28:17
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name: bring an offering, and come before Him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. I Chronicles 16:29.
Ezekiel 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playest the harlot because of thy renown, and pourest out thy fornications on every one that passed by: his it was.
I recently went to go see the movie Unbroken. Directed by Angelina Jolie. I had heard a lot of hype about it, so I decided to go and see it myself.
The story line from what I had heard really interested me, about what this man went through, and suffered, and that he was a Christian.
But I also heard, that his Christianity was not really mentioned too much in the movie. That concerned me, because as a testimony it should give glory to God. I had heard Mr. Franklin Graham, say on television, that a chapter was missing. The chapter, where he went to one of Mr. Grahams revivals and Mr. Louis Zamperini gave his heart to Christ. So I thought, oh no, here we go again, Hollywood is leaving God out of it.
But, that was not the case. Angelina Jolie, did a beautiful job, in portraying this mans life. His struggles, his brothers influence, his sense as a child, that he could not do anything. It showed his great accomplishment to enter into the Olympics. And that he was very gifted. He did not see that, but his brothers influence, really helped him. It is a story of learning great strength, and hope in a time of adversity. This man learned, if he could “take it, he could make it.” This is what his brother taught him.
Then he went to serve our country. And in doing so, he found himself, in a lot of trouble, when the plane they were flying in, crashed, after being attacked from the air patrol, they were in to defend our country.
Three men survived. One friend, was a Christian, who prayed. The other, was a good man but he had no hope it seemed. And….Louis, was a strong man in that which was portrayed of him. But, he struggled too. For over a month I am guessing, they were on a raft. Starving, and not having water, and having the elements of the ocean against them, the sun beating on them, and trying to survive.
In one moment, of the movie, if you did not recognize it, you could miss it. But it being a small moment, was a very great moment, when he told God, if you save me, I will serve you for the rest of my life.
God saved him. Spiritually and physically. Did he know he was saved? Did he know Christ entered his life?
Well, the good news, and the bad news of it was they survived. Two of them. The one without hope had died. But they were captured by the Japanese army, and tortured. Louis suffered, even more so, at the hand of the commander, they called the Bird. This man was ruthless, sadistic, and cruel. For no reason, it seemed like he picked more and more on Louis.
I actually cried, at what he went through. Was it because he was an Olympic star at one time? Why was this commander so cruel to him? Or what? I don’t know. Maybe it was because he was a Christian, though you did not see him pray, any more, in the movie, but he had asked God for help.
My thought is this, without giving away any more of the movie, but when he was rescued at the end of the war, and went home, and was reunited with his family.
God had answered his prayer. God fulfilled his part of it. God saved him! From what happened, and all that he suffered but God saved his soul on that raft!
This is reflected. On the postscript of the movie. He served God.
Now this is just my thought on it, because I haven’t even read the book, or know all that happened, but Louis, began to work out his salvation, with trembling and fear.
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12 KJV)
When he came back home to the United States. From what I understand he had a lot of stress, nightmares, and yes baggage from what he went through.
Yes… God used the Billy Graham ministry to help him. To bring him closer to God.
But the glory goes to God.
And with no disrespect to the Billy Graham ministry. I know many are upset that this ministry was not mentioned. But we need to see God in this. And nobody else. You see, I myself, went to one of his revivals and gave my heart to God. I am grateful for Billy Grahams ministry.
But I really believe my salvation began when I cried out to the Lord broken, at one point. Yes, I publicly gave my heart to Christ. But also in privacy. There I believe He met me, and saved me, and then later yes I made it public. And being public, is saying to the world, I am not ashamed that Christ is my savior.
But it is Christ who I know saved me. God, daily guides us. And some ministries do help. But it is our own responsibility to seek God. The Lord will save any of us, if we just ask Him. In this relationship. It is only by the grace of God, that we are saved.
I believe that is why Angelina was so touched by this man, to want to make this movie. She saw what God could do, in someones life. And nobody else. I don’t know if she is a Christian or not, but I have the feeling that she is. I have the feeling she is like many of us, just searching. But his story touched her, and I believe she seeks God. She now, has a clearer sense of who God is. And that is what its all about. Yes some help us. I hope to help some. But I want to be ever so careful to give God only the glory.
But, one thing I have learned, and to get into deeper, in thought. We all try to serve God if we are Christians. But we must be careful not to try and get the glory in some thing, that only belongs to God. And I am not saying this ministry is doing that. I am just saying lets give God the glory….
At the end of the movie, and I am sure at the discretion of Angelina, the director, she made sure, that every one could read, that Louis, had kept his part in serving God. That was the agreement. That was what Louis asked for, in that raft.
So for it to portray more of what happened, is really from your own perspective. And really some things are left to the imagination. But, I believe it did give glory to God. I believe she did a beautiful job in directing it.
And I believe, and pray God bless the Graham ministry. But I believe, we cannot take our eyes off of the fact, that God saved him on that raft, and not afterwards….
Just my thoughts anyway. It was a beautiful movie, and I hope whoever sees it, will see Gods plan, and Gods glory that he met Mr. Zamperini on that raft.
That no matter what situation, we are in, God can save us through His son our Lord Jesus Christ. But my friends, we do have our part. It starts by repenting. By confessing Jesus Lord. By giving our hearts to Christ. By telling Him, we believe He died for our sins. Then we grow… In prayer, in reading a good Bible, like my King James, and just trying daily in this lifetime we are given. To love one another, to forgive. As he did, by going back to Japan, and seeking closure.
Maybe we can make a difference. The testimony of this man, does give glory to God. And his life does reflect he served God. Thats really what it is all about for any of us, that call our selves Christians. And to the glory of God.
Blessings, Elena Ramirez
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