MY THANKSGIVING THOUGHTS FOR 2017 ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


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My Thanksgiving Thoughts for 2017

by Christian Author Elena Ramirez

It’s a day before Thanksgiving, and I am grateful to God.  This year has been tough on me for a few reasons.  

Its been a struggle in many ways.  I have been challenged by life, by health, by friends, by enemies, by finances, by my own habits, and sometimes, you just have to grow.  But God has been with me, and guiding me through it.  I am grateful.  Thankful, stirring up my faith. 

I have grown.  And I truly believe I have in many ways.  I have had to go to the enemies camp and take back my respect.  Maybe someone does not understand that.  But when you trust people, and they immaturely reject you, or do not honor you, you stand up for yourself.  And you take back what someone has hurt, and abused.  Respect. 

You know when you are a child, you trust people to take care of you.  To be sensitive to those things and you need to learn.  And when they abuse that, and you don’t know the difference, you accept it.   But when you grow up, you see how perhaps, you were abused, and you want to break spiritual curses, or cycles, that hurt you.  I think I am in the process of breaking some of these cycles, or curses, because I see, I am the Kings Daughter.  I see, I am the head, and not the tail.  

But when you see, people, especially people, you esteemed highly, and they have no regard for honoring you in these ways, you gain strength, and walk away.  

So its sad, yet bitter sweet when you rise above it. But growing, is the goal for me any way.  I want to keep learning, and growing, for Christ.   

I have had to let go, and let God.  In a lot of ways…. For other reasons, as well…

These are things, that this year, I have seen, I need to be careful in.  With my walk with the Lord, and with others.   And its been hard.  Its been sorrowful, its been eye opening though.  

And I do trust God, I am so grateful for my family, and the true friends I do have.  I am thankful for my Salvation, for repentance, for God teaching me that I need to trust Him.  

But I have learned, in my own giving of Thanks, to be grateful for little, and big things.  To be careful not to get cold in my walk with the Lord.  To be careful, even if I vent, not to hate anybody.  To pray more.  I have learned a lot, that I cannot even put into words.  

To remember, though, not everybody takes these things to heart.  So my red flag is up….

To look, and see what God’s Holy King James word says.  And to try and obey.  As a disciple of Christ, I have learned to discipline myself.

But as I think on these things, that I am grateful for, I am reminded, no matter how hard life can be, or how blessed one may be, one must draw closer to God.   This has been my lesson it seems this year.

To seek Him more, to obey more, to be careful more, not to open spiritual doors, that are not of Him.  And through it all thanking Him, and praising Him.  And I make sure, I do.  I will not neglect this, by being passive, or not letting my light shine for Christ.  I try, and thats one thing, I pursue, to give Him glory.  

I am someone, who stays away from spiritual entities that offend God.  I honor God, and only God.  In fear of God. 

And I am careful what I speak…. I know more then ever, the power of life and death in my tongue.

But I know, I cannot be indifferent.  I cannot be cold, or lukewarm in my walk.  I cannot take God for granted, or people, or life for granted.  I must pursue His Kingdom, in His righteousness.

Repentance clears the slate, even if I don’t even understand.  But I must pursue God.  

Revelation 3, from my King James, tells us, that He knows whether we are cold or hot.  He knows if we are lukewarm, He will spit us out.  He tells us, to be careful with the blessings we do have, because some who are rich, think they do not need Him.  

They don’t know that they are miserable, poor and blind.  He counsels us to to seek Him.  Because He will rebuke us when we are wrong.  He stands at the door, and knocks, and if we hear Him, He will come and dine with us.  

Tomorrow we feast. As a tradition here in the United States.  Thanksgiving day, is a time to reflect.  And Christ is invited in my home, my humble home, but where love is, and where grateful hearts, reflect on His love, and goodness.  THANKFUL!

Some do not have these blessings, and its sad.  

But, I am just thankful to God.  I am thankful for everything He has provided for me, and I am even thankful for some things I don’t have.

Learning to be content, is peace.  And there is no peace with the wicked, as scripture says.  So, I pursue Him, in this world, that does not always seem to give love in return.  He is the vine, and I am merely a branch, but I can grow in Christ.  And produce fruit, worthy of His Kingdom.  But I make sure I stay on the vine with Christ. 

And I pursue Him, grateful, for who He is.  With God all things are possible, and I never let go of Him, in these thoughts of mine, because all things do work together for the good who love Him.  

So I am grateful this year, as I surmise on everything, and I praise Him.

Happy Thanksgiving…With much love, in Christ, 

Much love, Elena Ramirez 

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DO NOT LET PEOPLE INTIMIDATE YOU GOD WILL DEAL WITH THEM ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


Version 3I feel led to write to someone, to comfort them, to warn them, to encourage them.   Do not let people intimidate you.  God will deal with them.  God is not a respecter of persons, He loves us all.  But God will protect you, from unjust harm.  Trust Him.  

For, there are many King James scriptures that tell us about our enemies.  And there are many scriptures that tells us what happens to the wicked:

That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; Genesis 22:17  KJV.  

But if thou shalt indeed obey His voice, and do all that I speak then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.  Exodus 23:22.  KJV  

The Lord preserveth all them that love him:  but all the wicked will he destroy.  Psalms 145:20  KJV.

But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of the lambs:  they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.  

Psalm 37:20  KJV.

I am a warrior.  I learned to be that way, because of the own people I dealt with growing up.  I did not have  brothers or sisters.  To protect me.  But I had to fight.  

I fought….In the business world, and even here on social media.  And there are people, who only want to intimidate you, fight you, argue with you, and try to make you feel uncomfortable, or sad.  

Thats their agenda.  I stay clear from those kind of people.  I won’t sit with the scorner.  I won’t even try to let them think I agree with them, when I don’t.  If someone cusses at me, they lose me, in even trying to communicate.  I won’t go to that level.  

Whether its in politics, or in religion, or in the work place. Or even your neighborhood.   The jealousy, prejudice, or pure ignorance, the rudeness, that blinds them, will try and intimidate you.

There are people, no matter how hard you try to get a long with them.  Their venom will come out.  

And I do recommend trying to get along with people.  In fact pray for them.  Walk in love anyway, as Christ commanded us.    

But it seems, no matter what you try to do, they will fight you, argue with you, or try to intimidate you.  

Don’t let that spirit cripple you.  This is a trap from the enemy.  To believe a lie, or to stop you from being fulfilled in the promises of God.  Trust God. 

Maintain your courage, and just know, God is on your side.  Just know, there are angels that are dispatched, for you.  Trust God.  Let this thing that the enemy is trying to use against you, make you stronger.  

Its sad, because I personally have seen people, use something about a person, even personally to make them feel uncomfortable. As if they were superior.  And they will try to manipulate you to think you are not worthy.  

And I guess, even in writing this.  Because I know.  Whatever it is you may have, as a handicap, or as something that makes you feel inferior.  Even your race.  Which should not even be a factor, but because racism and hate is prevalent, they will try and make you feel inferior.  

God can use that, and teach you, how to be stronger, even for someone else.  You can get courage.  You can speak truth.  You can be someone who can rise above it.  

Yes, there are some battles that are not meant for us to fight.  And you need to ask God for wisdom.  

And I myself, pray every day for wisdom in such matters.  Because I have as a fighter been involved in things that I should not.  

But, yet, there is something in me that rises up against evil.  Or against, an injustice to someone else.  Or to an accuser, who is so hateful.  That you tell them.  Knock it off.  And you tell them about their own indiscretions, since they want to make you feel unworthy.  Especially here on social media.  

Where people, will say things, do things, that they would not in public.  But something about being behind a computer, they get courage, to be rude and mean, and try to intimidate you.  Don’t let them.  If you know truth, stand… be still, and Know He is God.  

Look, in life, we will meet the good, the bad, and the ugly.  But don’t be a part of the ugly, or the bad, because you yourself, have been hurt, or intimidated  by someone else.  

Turn it around, whatever wound you have.   Whatever that makes you inferior.  Whatever it is that may have  broken you even in your heart, and life.  And just give it to God.  

God will fight your enemies for you.  I have seen this in my own life.  I have seen God deal with people who have hurt me, and He has punished them.  See they have no idea, especially if you are a Christian, what God will do with them.  But they will reap what they sow.  They have no idea who God is.  

And its sad, because if we all would just see, how frail we are.  If we could just see that their is an enemy.  We would humble ourselves, and bow down, and give God glory, because there is nothing impossible with God.  We would all be kinder, to each other, we would walk in love.  

If all of us would just even apologize, for being sometimes being rude, or insensitive.  We might soothe the beast.  A soft word, turns away anger….

Because we are all capable of that.  See we never know what someone else is going through.  And when people are mean, or cruel, and they have burdens, sadness, God sees.  And it grieves Him, when they are trying to intimidate His child.  He will have His vengeance.  But maybe he is trying for you to see why that person is mean.  Pray for them. 

I just pray, for whoever is reading this, that is feeling intimidated.  Pray, give your whole being to God.  Repent, yourself for even your part in it, if there is…..because maybe you are reaping, what you sowed.  Now you are getting the tail end of it.  

But, stay humble in the sight of God.  Do whats right.  Do not take matters, in your hand that would cause you to lose your right standing with God.  Let God deal with them.  But don’t let them intimidate you.  Just know who you are in Christ.  You are victorious.  You are Gods child, precious, and beautiful in His sight, and He loves you.  That should be enough right now to comfort you, and to pray…..  

Don’t forget to use a King James Bible to search for your scriptures.  For holiness, and anointing, that the others do not give.  

Please share this post, maybe you will help someone who needs to see this.  And may God bless you for doing that.  

This is His promise from the King James:  

And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.  Jeremiah 15:21  KJV.  

Blessings, and love, Elena Ramirez 

LONGING FOR TRUTH AND ONLY TRUTH THAT COMES FROM GOD ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


IMG_3137LONGING FOR TRUTH….AND ONLY TRUTH THAT COMES FROM GOD….. By Christian Author Elena Ramirez

 
I think all of us long for truth, theres that part of us, that just wants straight answers. No bull, no games, no compromises.
That really does come from a spirit, of truth, that can only come from God. You need to know there are two spirits, in this. Good, and evil. Remember the tree of good and evil? God did not want us eating from that tree. Eve, and Adam well they did eat of it. And it was sin, in Gods eyes.
Disobedience.
Today, still holds true, good and evil. And He does not want us to eat from that. We need to search for the truth, His truth. We have to be careful, because we can be so easily deceived, by religion, false bibles, lies, wolves in sheep clothing.
The root of that comes from the enemy, the devil, and he wants to deceive you, and keep you from truth.
Friends, search for the truth. For God, to please Him, for yourself, for your family, for just a sense of knowing whats right and wrong.
Beware of the traps from the enemy. Beware of lies.
Get hungry for truth. To be fulfilled. I still want Gods plan, away from the sin. I don’t want the sin, because I know how it can steal from your very own blessings…..
Repentance, is the only way I know we can get it. Humbleness, love…..Don’t let anything steal truth from you. Don’t let the tickling of ears, become your distraction.
Go for truth. Get it, King James truth, and grow….in truth. To be fulfilled. To renew your spirit. To understand, to gain wisdom. Truth, will never let you down. Don’t deny truth, or you become your own enemy.
 

THE PROSPERITY MESSAGE MESSES PEOPLE UP ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


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

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

THE PROSPERITY MESSAGE, MESSES PEOPLE UP….

I have been a Christian for a long time now. And I just see how, one can miss it, by getting caught up in the “prosperity message.”

It is so deceiving, to try and search for God, for a financial miracle, but you don’t work on your heart, or your soul. You don’t make the priority, of Salvation, for you or others the goal.  Learning scripture.  Knowing Gods heart.  

I have seen people, who grasp onto that message, and even believing leaders, who are so full of it, that they have lost their focus on why Christ died on the cross for us.

They don’t see, how when Christ was on this earth, He was offended, by their selling of this or that, and He turned the tables on them, angrily.  In the temple.  

We are called to seek the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all things will be added.

BUT SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU. MATTHEW 6:33. KING JAMES.

I see the fruit of it, from some that I even love dearly, but they do not make knowing God the priority, they are always dreaming, for this house, or that car, or that which they can compete with the Jones.

I see they support many of these leaders, who say very questionable things.

Even in this election, there are some who are so blinded by power, and wealth, that they think that someone, with this kind of prestige, makes them the answer to Americas problems. Yet they do not see the true fruit of a fake. A counterfeit. A mean spirited person.

So they lose focus on what God says. It does mess a person up.

And I can say this, as a testimony, because when I first started in ministry, I thought, everybody asked for money, and that was how you measured success in ministry.

Wrong.

God has a way of correcting us. Changing our hearts, and I am so glad He did mine. Greed, the prosperity message, is just an illusion to what the enemy can do to confuse a person.

You see, there is a lost world out there, and when people make the prosperity message, their goal, they miss out, in seeing what Gods goal and vision is.

He wants us to be saved. To grow, to know how precious our salvation is. To know His power, His sovereignty, and to reach out for the lost. To reach for the Kingdom for others, and their salvation. To see with hearts, love.

Its just sad, I guess, its just a sign of the times.

But it is not to late, to repent, to stop and see, the goal.

You know, God is not blind to many of us who are in need of a financial miracle, but He works on our hearts first. He corrects us. If we do not receive this correction, we are, our own worst enemy.

God can change things. If only we would work for the Kingdom, for His goal, then He would bless many of us. Our businesses, would become His business, to bless.

But till then, just look at the fruit. It is rotten, it is not what God intended.

The Prosperity message, does mess up people.

In Christ,

Elena

https://elenasjustmythoughts.wordpress.com

I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT ME ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


To some, I am harsh, I am hardlined, I am not flexible.

Well…I won’t compromise Gods truth, His holy word.

I know what compromise has done in the past, and I walked a path, that was not the way of Christ, the truth.

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

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 am to some narrow minded. But that is a compliment to me. You see the path the way, is a narrow way. Its not found in the ways of the world.

BECAUSE STRAIGHT IS THE GATE, AND NARROW IS THE WAY, WHICH LEADETH UNTO LIFE, AND FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT. MATTHEW 7:14.

My salvation is not in just having a thought that grace will carry me alone, and that would give me permission to sin. How shabby, how insulting that is to what Christ did on that cross for all of us.

No, I won’t treat my salvation, like its no big deal. I work it out with fear and trembling. I don’t trust anybody but what God says, truth of the matter. Because the Holy Spirit is my teacher.

And when I am wrong, I repent. And believe me, I have been wrong. But I am not wrong, when I say I have fear of God. Because God does not let me get away with anything. Not at all.  And I am grateful for that.  That I heed His correction, that I know what the consequences of sin is.  And that scares me.  So no I am grateful for His promptings, His correction.  His love.  

I am a nice person. But even nice people can get to the point that they don’t care. And I don’t, there is something free about that. 

None of you know my life, what I have gone through, none of you know what God has taught me. But I will not let go of that old rugged cross, and I will with all my being, try, yes at least try to give Him glory, and obedience.  

But it all begins even by the bible I use. I use a King James bible.  For holiness, and truth.  And the anointing.  That has not been corrupted by mans hands.

I don’t want to be a flaky Christian, with no true substance. I know, how valuable my salvation is in Christ.

So, I don’t care, what people think. They don’t live my life, and they don’t live my pain, or my sorrow, or what I have gone through. So think what you want. I don’t care.

My hope is in Christ, and Christ alone. Christ is going to return. My goodness, do we not see prophecy being shown in front of our eyes?

Are we still going to play church? Play religion, mans rules, traditions, and regulations, that think its right.

We better think again, all of us, if we really want to make it to Gods Kingdom.  We better think what does God think?  Oh don’t mistake His silence, for nothing.  He is not mocked, and we reap what we sow.  

So what people think about me at this point, does not matter.

LOOKING FOR THAT BLESSED HOPE, AND THE GLORIOUS APPEARING OF THE GREAT GOD AND OUR SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. TITUS 2:13.  

Blessings and love, Elena Ramirez

 

WHAT ARE YOU SOWING IN YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS? ~ BY CHRISTIAN AUTHOR ELENA RAMIREZ


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....

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….

THE SOWER SOWETH THE WORD…..Mark 4:14

I want to be someone who sows Gods Holy word. I know the difference between other Bible versions, and the King James Bible. To show the light.

There is something holy, and anointed, in the King James that speaks to the soul. Those other Bibles may attempt to bring light, but they really were created by some person, who sat behind a desk, and changed them and they don’t reflect the warnings God gave, to not change or add to them, or take from them.

See Deuteronomy 4:2. YE SHALL NOT ADD UNTO THE WORD WHICH I COMMAND YOU, NEITHER SHALL YE DIMINISH OUGHT FROM IT, THAT YE MAY KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD YOUR GOD WHICH I COMMAND YOU.

I know I am called to just always bring this to your attention. I want you to hear from God. I want you to grow, and to please God. I don’t want to argue with anybody about this. It is truth. I have debated it quite enough. But, I will not stand down on this. I will always defend this Holy word, for it is life.

I will sow this Holy word, and I will be led by the Holy Spirit.

I look at this as it is spiritual food, not junk food. No mold on it, that has corrupted it. We all need good nourishment. Think about how you feel after a good, healthy meal. With vegetables, and a well balanced group of food. Nice, warm, bread.

Well Christ is the bread of life, and He would not give you food, that was junk food. AND JESUS SAID UNTO THEM, I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE: HE THAT COMETH TO ME SHALL NEVER HUNGER; AND HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME SHALL NEVER THIRST. JOHN 6:35.

This is how I feel after I read Holy word. Nourished, and a sense of who God is. Friend, I pray you see this, and you hear God in this. And just obey. Obedience, is better then sacrifice.

I am not your judge, I love you in Christ but I pray to be a voice of reason, and love God first and foremost as I obey God in this.

What are you really sowing in your life? As the Holy word as the example? Is it truth? Is it confusion? Is it a contradiction, or is it Gods truth that puts you on that narrow path?

BECAUSE STRAIGHT IS THE GATE, AND NARROW IS THE WAY, WHICH LEADETH UNTO LIFE, AND FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT. Matthew 7:14.

Remember friend, CHRIST IS THE WAY THE TRUTH, AND LIFE. (paraphrasing) John 14:6.

Don’t lose your way, because you don’t want to get lost.  

Be one of the few that find it.  Use a King  James Bible.

https://elenasjustmythoughts.wordpress.com

NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS WILL NOT WORK WITHOUT BRINGING IT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST ~ BY CHRISTIAN AUTHOR ELENA RAMIREZ


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

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

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

I had to make this title strong, so perhaps someone can see this to understand.  New Years resolutions will not work without bringing it to the obedience of Christ.  

So many people make New Year resolutions, but they fail. Because they do not bring it to Christ.

It begins with a thought.  It begins with the imagination.  What you see, or think becomes you.  For as He thinketh in his heart, so is he….Proverbs 23:7.

 What are you thinking?  What are you putting your energy and attention to?  So you need to choose wisely, or you may think or imagine something that is not good, right, or of God. Let alone healthy for you or others.  You cannot let your own mind ponder on that thing that is not right in the sight of God, you must see it as God does, and then obey Him.  

As the first scripture above tells us.  This is why many resolutions do not work on their own, because unless Gods spirit is present, one may be trying to do it on their own, and that may not always prove to be effective.  

I am older now, I am a lot wiser, and the wisdom I share in this, is all to the glory of God, and none else.  Because anything we try to do, in the natural on our own, will not have the same affect as to giving it to God in obedience.

I have experience in this.  I understand, how we can make choices, and do things that are not healthy for us, spiritually and yes physically.  I have done things in my own life, that were lifestyle choices, that hurt me.  Choices, that controlled me for lack of a better word.  Like smoking,  getting high.  Letting the wrong people into my life.  Choices.

And it is always a choice.  I am not going to try and force you to believe me.  This is a choice.  In fact, I follow Christ in this example.  He is a gentleman.  He does not force us.  This is not His way.  He gives us His holy word, an anointed, holy not corrupted word, and that is my King James Bible. And in that Holy word, He tells us who He is, and what He expects.  But it is a choice.  It is even a choice, what Bible one uses.  But experience, and research has shown me this truth.  

And those that reject Him reap the consequences.  And those that find Him, find life eternal.  Not only is there the promise for life after we die, but life now on earth, can change, to a life, that He intended, if we just seek Him.  A life fulfilled.  A life complete, with joy, and peace, and a sense of who He is.  In all aspects, and that nothing is impossible with God.  

But those that reject who He is, do reap, what the devil intended.  And sadly, they do not know when they reject Christ, they are rejecting the only chance to make a “wrong right.”  They look at it intellectually, and not spiritually.  

This is why Christ came for us.  To pay the penalty of our sins.  To stop the works of the enemy.  To give us a new chance.  Yes in our resolutions.  In all aspects of life.  We can live abundantly.  But we have to begin by seeing we are sinners, and repent, and make the choice to bring it to the obedience of Christ.  We have to see, we must not give place to the enemy, but we must submit to God.  This is also scriptural.  

I was blind spiritually at one time.  This is where I started with my own self-destructive ways, that were controlling me.  And anything can control you if you let it.  From eating, to smoking, getting high, sexual active etc.  This is the way of the world.  

And the world, if you see does not offer a way to control these things, effectively.  Nor does it condemn immorality. If anything, it promotes these things.  You see it on television, in movies and yes even acceptance, of things that are perverted.  More and more, the world, has adapted these life style choices, ideologies, and ways of thinking, that go against God.  And they call that normal.  

But God is not mocked, and we do reap what we sow.  Galatians 6:7.  And there is no peace saith my God to the wicked.  Isaiah 57:21.  And I see so many people rejecting God, and choosing lifestyles, that are against who God is.  If you reject God it is your choice, and you have no one to blame but yourself.  

No, if you really want a change, and you want to make it work for you.  You do have to give it all to God.  You have to obey God, you have to take His commandments to heart, His ways, His principles, to heart, and you have to want to live a clean good life.  

And let us get one thing straight.  Just because you gave your heart, to Christ one time does not mean, that its a done, deal.  No, you have to want to grow.  And many people do not grow, because they think they are fine, the way they are.  

You have to work out your Salvation, in fear of God, and with trembling.  This is also scriptural.  Look up these words in a King James Bible.  This is the scripture reference.  Philippians 2:12

Treating your salvation as precious.  Something to honor, and protect.  Because you do not want to be deceived by the devil.  Nor lose your salvation, by having your name “blotted” out of the lambs book of life.  

And maybe to some extent you are a good person.  But, by denying who Christ is, in your own life, or just living day to day, is not living, that is barely existing, when you could thrive.  

No true living is when you search for God daily, with all your being.  Recognizing the devil, comes to kill, steal and destroy, so you watch your own self.  Christ told us this difference, but Christ came to give us life abundantly. Read again John 10:10, as the reference KJV.

You choose Christ’s ways.  Repenting, daily, is something I believe in.  It cleanses the soul, and gets you on the right path.  

And you disciple yourself.  Which is derived from “disciplining” yourself in Christ.  When you love the Lord, truly Love Him, you know your body is the temple of the living God.  So no, you do not want to hurt that temple, or others, and whatever you are doing that is making you “self-destruct” you take to the obedience of Christ.  You obey the command ment first to love God with all your heart, and then your neighbor as yourself.  

You stop the whining, the complaining, and the pity party, that does not do you or anybody else any good, and you take it to the obedience of Christ.  You change.  There are so many pitfalls, we can fall into, if we do not see the signs.  We walk down the road of life.  And we do not always see what is up ahead.  But if you walk with Christ, He does give you signs, and those signs may say, don’t walk that path.  

I saw those signs myself in my life.  I made some terrible choices, that were not only sin, in Gods eyes, but they were causing me to go down a road of destruction.  I had to stop.  I had to repent.  I had to recognize the son of God, who came to set me free.  

And when I did, I began the most beautiful relationship I have ever had.  No one can take the place of who Christ is to me.  I will never, ever go back to those ways, those habits, because I would lose this relationship. Christ is the great Shepherd.  He will guide you, He does me.   

This is why, when I talk to people, and they get it confused with religion, I explain the difference.  Rules, traditions, rituals, made by men, and groups, will never, ever get the results that I can have with Christ.  In relationship.  They cannot.  In fact, religion from the choice, I told you, is imposing, rude, and harsh.  

They are not gracious, compassionate, or understanding, as to what Christ can do.  So when I have a problem I go to God, and if you need to talk to someone, yes talk to someone, but talk to someone who understands the ways of God, for counsel.   

I know from the word of God, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Paraphrasing Phillipians 4:13.  I can.  

I don’t give up, even where I am now, in my older years.  Every day, I reach for the goal of who I can be in Christ.  And some things do take time.  

But its not up for debate.  I know that knowing Christ has changed my life.  My choices.  And even now, I have a private resolution, I bring to the obedience of Christ, because I want to grow, and be the best I can be in Him.  For next year….

So if you are really serious, about making a resolution, and making it work.  Take it to the obedience of Christ my friend.  Don’t compromise who you are.  Don’t doubt that you can do it.  Don’t be afraid, that it is too late.  It’s never too late, when we open our eyes, and give it totally to the obedience of Christ.  Speak it, there is power in your words, speak who you are in Christ.  Faith pleases God.  

Yes we do reap what we sow.  This is a principle, that the world calls karma.  But don’t look at it that way.  Don’t look at it as the world sees it.  Look at it the way Christ can to make the corrections for you.  Yes, He corrects those He loves.  Let Him correct you.  Give it to Christ.  

Let Him turn those consequences, into faith, into hope, that 2015 can be a new year for you, with a difference.  Plead the blood of Jesus, and know Christ came to set you free, and yes free indeed.  

You can do it.  You can meet your goal.  I want to inspire you, to see yourself and who you can be in Christ.  Healed.  Is that a goal?  That can be physically or spiritually.  Well by His stripes we are healed.  Isaiah 53:5.  

You can be stronger, wiser, and more at peace, if you just take it to the obedience of Christ.  He will show you the way.  He is the way, the truth, and life.  John 14:6.  He will make a way.  To meet your resolutions my friend.  Have hope, don’t give up.  

In the miracle of who Christ is.  This is why we have the Christmas spirit. A gift in the “presence” of our Lord, and savior.  This is a present.  This thought of taking it to the obedience of Christ.  Can meet that new year resolution.  This new year can be yours, in Christ.  

Happy New Year, with blessings and love, 

Elena Ramirez