I feel led to write this. Perhaps, because I am a seasoned Christian now. I know, when people read my writings, or they meet me, they may see my light shine.
It may take a moment or two, because I am reserved in some ways, but if they want to get to know me, or be a friend, they will soon find out I am a Christian.
But not one size fits all, if I could use that as an analogy. We are all different. We don’t all believe the same, which is sad, but even I meet Christians, who do not agree with me, or what my King James Bible says.
And I guess, that just comes with the territory. I guess, I could blame that on different Bible versions, as to why we are not all on the same page with God. Or I could blame that on religion. Rules, regulations, rituals and traditions, that are made by men, and groups.
And I think its sad, that we are not all agreeing with what God expects. Because there are scriptures, that tell it like it is, and people do not know what it says, but they heard something, from a pastor, or in passing, and they think they have the answer.
But I truly believe in the King James Bible, for that. It is still holy, and anointed, and not corrupted. I have said, that the King James Bible is like a puzzle sometimes, the answers are here there, and throughout that book.
I have met a lot of different Christians in my lifetime. Some, that are flaky, and just say they are a Christian by name. But they don’t seem to have any true substance. Then, I have met some, who are knowledgeable, yet they get puffed up, and hit people on the head with the bible. This could be a turn off to some.
Turning people off, about God, that is just wrong, in the sight of God. We have a responsibility, to speak truth, but not to distort it. We will be accountable for the souls, we bring to the Kingdom of God, or turn away.
I want you to think about that.
I have had to be really careful with that. Because I am knowledgeable, but, I remember, what Christ said.
That we would be known by the Love. That should be the first thing you should see in a true Christian. A love, thats in their eyes, a love, that is compassionate, kind, considerate, not jealous, or competitive, but just something about them, that shows that Christ is their Lord and savior. No matter what they look like, or their status is in life, there is that love….
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35. KJV.
If I see the love, then I am more apt to be patient with someone, even if they do not agree with me. But I have to make sure they see, my love, as well.
We are all on the vine, with Christ, so to speak at different levels. He is the vine, we are the branches. One may be seasoned, but the other may not be. And so, there is always that chance, that there will be a difference of opinion.
The thing is though, Christianity, has taken a bad rap in many ways. I have heard it to be called a religion of hate. Yet, Christ was very clear about loving God, and loving one another. It has to be seen.
I myself, have been turned off by those who have come in the name of the Lord, but they were wolves in sheeps clothing. And they have no mercy. Nor love. They also have a Pharisee spirit, and they rule by the law.
Then there are those, who have a Pharisee spirit, but they reject the law. And believe by grace only. Those are flaky, pharisee spirits to me. Because scripture is very clear, that Christ did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.
Being a Christian, will make you different. But its a process, and a growth, and you cannot expect to have discernment, or spiritual gifts and callings, until you grow, and know holy word, and pray. By first of all being obedient to God, and yes, His laws. And fearing Him. I am not playing with words, fear God.
Scripture says, we are different. In fact, it says, we can be peculiar, if you are reading this from a King James version. Lord, only knows what it says in other Bible versions.
BUT YE ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, AN HOLY NATION, A PECULIAR PEOPLE; THAT YE SHOULD SHOW FORTH THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO HATH CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELLOUS LIGHT: WHICH IN TIME PAST WERE NOT A PEOPLE, BUT ARE NOW THE PEOPLE OF GOD: WHICH HAD NOT OBTAINED MERCY, BUT NOW HAVE OBTAINED MERCY. I PETER 2:9-10. KJV.
To get to the point, of my writing, I implore you don’t give up on God, by some of the peculiar Christians you have met, who are flaky to you. Where it may seem what they do, is crazy. Or that they even believe. Yes, there are some nutty Christians. Sad to say. But there are also some, who desire truth, in the inner parts of their soul, and they search for God, and they find Him.
For me, it began by seeing I was a sinner. That we all sin, and come short of the glory of God. I came to a place, where I hit the bottom of the barrel, and I repented, and in fact, repent daily….. letting go of pride. I gave my life to Christ, because He truly did save me. But you don’t see the fruit of that, until you come to that place where you give in to God. We can get the mind of Christ…. by the Holy Spirit.
Even though I know God, I am careful not to get puffed up, with pride, or to make myself look better then anyone. I believe in the Love Christ told us about.
I don’t come from a place, “where its name it or claim it.” Or where, I believe God is an ATM. “To holler for a dollar.” That must be so insulting to Him. Yet many have a distorted, view of who God, and is not.
Open your heart, and let God speak to you. Again, I recommend a King James bible, for it is holy, and anointed. And yes, be careful of the Christians you meet. But be careful of all people. We are to test the spirits.
If you are truly praying, and knowledgeable, about what Gods word says, you will try, and test the spirits. The Holy Spirit, will show you.
Thats all I can say for now, till I write again. But don’t reject the relationship, you can have in Christ. Thats your responsibility, not others. You have to work at it.
Blessings, and love, in Christ,
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Before I go further, I want to answer you, and tell you don’t play hard to get with God. And I will elaborate.
But, I want you to look at this like a fine stone, that has been carved out by the master potter Himself, God almighty. There are many facets to our life, one part, may show a dinginess, in the stone. And one part, may be so clear, it glows. But as a whole, the beauty of the stone it reflects who God is.
I ask if you play hard to get with God. Because some of us, when growing up, learned to master that quality. Holding out, till something good came along, then we have given it our all.
Some did not. And with regret, there were times, in friendships, and love, I did not play hard to get. I wanted what I wanted then, and well, sometimes, the results were not worth it.
When you are growing up, you play hard to get with a perspective mate. Or you should anyway. My mother taught me that. Yet do we always listen to our mothers? No. Sadly.
Anyway, you hold out, and play hard to get, because you want to see how much, this person is interested in you. And you test the ground they stand on.
What is it worth to get your attention? Have you ever noticed, a guy, will not give you too much interest, if you are interested in him? Men like a challenge, they like to chase the girl. They like the idea of the hunt. A woman, or girl, who makes herself so available to him, is not a challenge. There is no fun in that.
And I will be more explicit here, but a woman, who gives herself to a man, totally, sexually, not only has stopped the challenge, but all is not fair in love and war. Once a man disarms a woman, there is no more of a challenge, and he got what he wanted, and is looking for another challenge. Even if he says he loves you. He may wonder who else beat him to the challenge. Something is missing now. The sin, has entered into the equation.
A woman, in Christ, will know how precious her soul, body, and spirit is, and will make a man wait for that love, by not giving herself away. She sees the value of playing hard to get. She holds out for Holy matrimony. Where God can be the foundation, and yes cornerstone for that marriage. And if the man is smart, he will see her value, and marry her. In honor. Sound old fashioned?
Well maybe it is, but Gods ways, are old but true.
I have tried it, and tested the logic and I know what works. You see, I saw my value about 28 years ago, when I met my husband, and I honored myself, and God. I played hard to get, by doing it Gods way. And with success, I have a foundation in marriage, that has stood time. I thank God.
Now lets talk about playing hard to get with God. Many of us, have or had that mentality, or thought, that we can do it on our own. We don’t need God. Sadly, I once thought that too. And those were the darkest days of my life. And with shame, yes shame, I admit, I made so many mistakes, in being misguided, that it also turned into great sin.
If only, I did not play hard to get with God. I would not have hit the bottom of the barrel. I would not have had low self-esteem.
Do you notice people who are people pleasers, sometimes, forget their own worth, and they give themselves away. And I am not just talking about sexually. But I am talking about always saying “yes” or going above and beyond, for someone or some, who could care less. Doing something for someone over and over again, that they take you for granted. And do not appreciate the kindness, or the gesture even in love.
Sometimes, you have to remember the rule of playing hard to get with people, and in love, because you want good results. But you must never play hard to get with God. Never.
You have to remember, who He is. He is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. He is mighty in power and strength. He is the creator of heaven and earth. Of heaven and hell. And yes, He does have the ability to take your name and put it in the lambs book of life, for eternal salvation. But if your name is tainted with sin, He can remove it, and the destination would be hell. Why people play with their salvation, and play hard to get in obedience is beyond me.
But I would not chance on playing with His love. He is love. And without His love, our love, is in vain. Our attempts are in vain. Unless He builds the house, yes, we labor in vain like the scripture says. And I am paraphrasing. But we only have this lifetime, to make the difference. So repentance even on a daily basis, keeps you shining.
I suppose, the whole point I am trying to make, is you are that beautiful stone. And if you let the master, the potterer, take your life, and mold it and shape it, and teach you His ways, you will have something to be excellent, and worthy at. But you have to see your worth. You have to see yourself, through Gods eyes. He looks at the heart, while people, they look at the outside. But what does God see? Does He see just lip service? But the heart is away from Him even in truth.
BUT NOW, O LORD, THOU ART OUR FATHER; WE ARE THE CLAY, AND THOU OUR POTTER; AND WE ALL ARE THE WORK OF THY HAND. Isaiah 64:8.
THIS PEOPLE DRAWETH NIGH UNTO ME WITH THEIR MOUTH, AND HONOURETH ME WITH THEIR LIPS: BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME. Matthew 15:8.
More then anything, you have to see who HE is. How excellent His ways are. How powerful, and yes even mysterious He can be. There is no greater force, or love, then His. No wonder, at His miracles. Or limit.
But you cannot, my dear friend, play hard to get with God. You have to give it your all for Him. In this life. For if you do not, there will be regrets. There will be a sense, of failure. Sin does separate us from God. You can even lose your way, but you must always remember, He is the way, the truth, and life. Finding God, means you find the way.
I just have the sense, that we must do every thing, in the time, we are given. To give Him glory, to give Him thanks, to acknowledge Him to others. To be love. To try and be a reflection of Christ. Yes we fail. I know I do, every day. But then I have moments, where I see, because I do not play hard to get, with God, I am able to be molded into something beautiful, for His glory, even in my words, with truth. And He is not done with me. But I will not limit God, by playing hard to get! Do you understand how deep this thought is?
Please my friends, do not play hard to get with God. With some people yes, they do not deserve you. They will treat you like dirt. They will ignore you. They will be playing hard to get themselves. And it goes deeper, because it is the enemies intention to have you fail. To deceive you.
But with those, who love, truly as Christ does, they will also see your worth. Those are those, who God has brought to remind you, that you are worth NOT playing hard to get for. I have learned this even in a day. How loyal some can be. But then there are those, who only want what you can give, and even if it is through God. They play hard to get.
But remember, Christ did not play hard to get. He went on that cross, and gave His life, the ultimate sacrifice, so you could live. And live abundantly. Never play hard to get with that. It cost too much.
He said, be Holy, because He is holy. Play hard to get with others to get that holiness. But let God in…..
You see, time could run out. We are not promised tomorrow. Dont take chances that make you look like you are playing hard to get with God.
I Peter 1:16 BECAUSE IT IS WRITTEN, BE YE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.
Another reminder, use a King James Bible, because it is Holy. Now you know I would tell you that, because you do not want something that has been corrupted. Have a blessed one.
Blessings, and love, Elena Ramirez
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Whats missing from the conversation on illegal immigration, in the United States?
The answer: Love and the facts. The facts, well…
I am addressing this for a few reasons. And one, is because History, has not given a full account of who we are as a culture. As Hispanics. Or Latinos. And that is a fact, that we will not let history repeat itself.
Try searching for our contributions to this nation, in your political correct books. Its not there. Its not in our school books, or Social Studies, for students. Or at least it was not taught when I was growing up, in the sixties. And I think many of us as Hispanics, we want to set the record straight. And clear the air. We are a part of this nation. And history, if you look deeper our contributions will clarify that.
As a Christian and a servant of the most high God, I have to mention love first, because as I listen to these political candidates discussing immigration, one principle, and component, that is missing, is the love, with compassion for people.
The King James Bible tells us, that we are to treat the stranger, the alien with love, as we would ourselves.
AND IF A STRANGER SOJOURN WITH THEE IN YOUR LAND, YE SHALL NOT VEX HIM. BUT THE STRANGER THAT DWELLETH WITH YOU SHALL BE UNTO YOU AS ONE BORN AMONG YOU, AND THOU SHALT LOVE HIM AS THYSELF; FOR YE WERE STRANGERS IN THE LAND OF EGYPT: I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD. Leviticus 19:33-34.
Do you see the words “love that stranger”? That is missing from the conversation of the candidates. And if any candidate says he is a Christian or reads the bible is missing that. If he is talking about immigration.
Because we are called to love one another. And we are called to be kind, and merciful. We are called to be an expression of Christ in love, and Christ told us, this is how we will be known as the disciples of Christ. With love.
I can write this, and say this, because I am an American, Hispanic, Christian writer. I understand discrimination. From my own life, even as a Christian, and a Hispanic, but from the history, my family shared with me that happened to them in the Eisenhower Era. Horror stories of discrimination, and racial profiling. Of mocking someone, and calling them names, by denying them services in restaurants, stores, and businesses. And even jobs. A means to support themselves and their families. Discrimination.
And from my perspective as I listen to these candidates, I recognize the problem of illegal immigration, but one cannot treat people with rudeness, a dismissive attitude, that is actually instigating hate from these candidates. Violating civil rights. And I do have to be careful here, and not mention all of the candidates in this group. But one. And I will not say his name, for more publicity.
I also see it, from the rhetoric, from behind computers, that screams racial discrimination, and racial profiling. People are taking this, and feeding on it, and yes behind their computers, are rudely, telling people to go back to Mexico.
Now lets talk about that for a second. Because the fact is.…Many Hispanics are Americans, and can relate to the problem of illegal immigration. But we want our borders secured. We want an administration, that will apply the laws, and rules and regulations, in an effective manner to protect our borders. This is a fact, though, I know not of one poll that was taken. To clairify this.
I have not talked to one Hispanic American who wants illegal immigration. So why does the conversation have to take this kind of tone? This kind of rhetoric?
The problem will not be solved, by spending millions of dollars, to “round up” Hispanics, and boot them back to Mexico. The government and yes all citizens of the United States, should have figured that a long time ago. And now, with things so out of hand, you propose sending “Anchor” babies as you call them back to Mexico? How can you take the Fourteenth Amendment, and now call it illegal? These American babies have rights. But to propose to round up all these people, who are part American as well is just wrong. I hope a solution is found.
But lets talk for a moment about immigration. For over 500 years, Hispanics, have integrated into American society. We have fought wars, side by side, with other races for the United States, and we have contributed to this great land, and paid our dues, and our taxes. Not as Hispanics. But with the goal in mind to be united in the United States for one cause, to protect this great land, and the freedoms it offers. And now with this kind of rhetoric we are denied, the grace we have strived for. And earned.
And for people to use this kind of rhetoric, based on the way someone looks, is racial profiling, and discrimination. Which is very insulting to our culture. Especially if you talk to Hispanic Americans, they can tell you a little bit of history, and the “hardships” they have had, in just assimilating into the culture of America. But one thing, about most American Hispanics, is we are hard workers.
We take the jobs, nobody wants, and we take a work ethic seriously, and apply ourselves. We are not asking for a handout, or to change the culture like some who come here and try to change traditions, rules, etc. We want to work. I want to work as a writer. But even Christian organizations won’t give me the time of day. Which is just my personal take and experience on it. But I know we take pride in working hard.
But we are also educated. We know, that in this culture an education is needed. We contribute as law officers, firemen, teachers, real estate brokers, and so much more. Education has given us these opportunities.
We are a whole country of immigrants, “illegal, and legal”, from the beginning of molding this country into where it is now. This is why it has been ignored. The subject of immigration. Where America turned the other eye. Because if you look at many, some, they never did it legally. They just came to America. And assimilated.
But now we have financial problems, and we do need to control the borders, not only financially but secure it for reasons, that protects us all, from intruders, and those who want to harm people, just because they are Americans. And the truth of the matter is, the system failed. And now, because the system failed you want to penalize people, pull them up by their roots, divide families, and send them back somewhere, where they may not even belong?
When did that happen last in History? I implore you? When? History should not repeat itself in this way.
I want to address this, because what I see if we do not change the conversation, the tone, their will be retaliation. There will be a rift in this country so great, that it will taint this country and its history, with hate. God forbid there would be another civil war. American Hispanics, Hispanics, illegal, or legal, will not condone or accept being treated this way.
I know my roots. I know my culture, I know my heritage of the people I identify with as Hispanics. By growing up, in this country, that enough is enough. We offer the best of ourselves, we offer love, and hope, and accept others. To live and let live. But we will not accept discrimination. We just will not.
Be warned, and I actually say this in love, we will not accept this kind of behavior. And God forbid it goes any further, but I know if this kind of rhetoric is not challenged, and people do not see the hypocrisy, by being a part of this kind of hate conversations.
There will be a fight. And thats all I can say. Careful with my own words. Because I know first as a Christian I am called to love. And forgive. But not all my people see it that way. For when people come to the point where push comes to shove it will be returned. I just know my culture. And my heritage as also a legal American. I know the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
And I know we would rather be United, so we all can stand. Because divided, we will fall as a nation. But America needs to see the problem, with love and compassion. And know the facts.
We have roots so deep in America, most of us, that you cannot lump everyone in this basket of hate. And tell them to leave this country, when their roots are deeper than those whose agenda is based on hate. With forefathers, who are a part of the land. And its history. With American Indian blood. As also a part of their genetic heritage.
We need to love one another. We need God, more then ever. America needs to repent, and find its way back to God.
Folks, and that just does not seem to be on anybodies agenda. We need order. We need our borders secure. We need common courtesy and respect, and acceptance of who we are in America. As we offer it to you as well, and your ethnic differences, that make your race great. What ever that race or ethnicity may be.
But we need to see the problem. Leaders have to have the mind of unity, and not division in this country. For all races, and all people. They need to speak it out in their speeches, to unite people instead of instigating a fight. Or with silence. With a solution, that does not require hate. Please see this, before this gets out of hand. We all have to see this. We all have to see our own behavior, and be accountable.
Truth of the matter is, whatever decision that is we are accountable to God. I pray, it is with compassion and love.
Thank you, Elena Ramirez
Dear Gente, my beautiful people who are created in the image of God. Our culture like any other want to live and let live. All people are created in the image of God but not all people feel that way at this time. All babies are gifts from God, in the heritage of our culture. This is why I will vote Republican. But I will not vote for racists or haters. Be strong in who you are. Be courageous. Let us be educated and particapators of the voting process. Our American Hispanic votes count. God bless you… Let us seek God in these times.
Querida Gente, mi gente bella que es creados a la imagen de Dios. Nuestra cultura como cualquier otra quiero vivir y dejar vivir. Todas las personas son creadas a la imagen de Dios, pero no todas las personas sienten de esa manera en este momento. Todos los bebés son regalos de Dios, en el patrimonio de nuestra cultura. Por esta razón voy a votar republicano. Pero no votaré por racistas o enemigos. Ser fuerte en quien eres. Ser valientes. Ser educado y proceso de particapators de la votación. Nuestra América hispana votos cuenta. Que dios te bendiga…
Debemos buscar a Dios en estos tiempos.