DON’T EVER LOSE HOPE ~ GOOD FRIDAY THOUGHTS ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


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DON’T EVER LOSE HOPE….

 
Good Friday…. Just think about it, when Christ died, I am sure, the disciples, were very sad, very despondent, and they lost hope. We can lose hope. I know, sometimes I do, as well, and even though, I know Christ is my Lord, and savior, I do get hopeless.
 
But, there is something within my spirit, by the Holy Spirit, that gives me hope, even knowing, the History. Knowing, He was resurrected. Knowing, right now, at this time, He went to hell, and got the Keys from hell, and cancelled the devils legal right to attack me.
 
Did you know that, during that time, this is when He got the keys to cancel the enemies plan….For you, and me? At this time….He went to hell and took back the right to steal our souls. By getting those keys. And then He was resurrected. He came back to life. It is documented, and then they knew, we all Knew. Only Christ can give us life…….
 
How precious our salvation is. How precious our hope is. Friends, be reminded, today, how beautiful our savior is, and what He did for us. Truly a gift from God. He gives us hope. And so much more, have a blessed Good Friday.
 
Its also my sons, birthday, and I thank God for the hope I see in him as well.
 
Let us hold onto our hope, for the joy, only Christ can give. Don’t let it go, don’t get hopeless. Rejoice, our savior, died, and was resurrected to give us life…..HALLELUJAH!!!!!
 
DO NOT EVER LOSE HOPE!
 
AND WHEN I SAW HIM, I FELL AT HIS FEET AS DEAD. AND HE LAID HIS RIGHT HAND UPON ME, SAYING UNTO ME, FEAR NOT: I AM THE FIRST AND THE LAST: I AM HE THAT LIVETH, AND WAS DEAD; AND BEHOLD, I AM ALIVE FOR EVERMORE, AMEN; AND HAVE THE KEYS OF HELL AND OF DEATH. REVELATION 1:17-18. KJV.
 

KNOWING THE DANGER OF ANGER ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


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When I write these posts “Just My Thoughts” or anything I write I usually do it with the goal to help someone, including myself.  Writing is an outlet, a way to express myself, that sometimes I am at a loss of words to speak.  

But when I write, I usually write from experience.  I mean who wants to listen to someone who does not understand, really what is happening, or who wants to listen to someone who may not even have the experience in some matters.  I do have that understanding in anger.  

After all, I am a warrior.  In many ways, I fight.  I fight, for what is right, and I fight for survival.  I fight, if I have to fight.  But in that I have also seen anger rise up in me.  I have seen a side of me, that has lost control.  And actually that is not a very pretty sight for anybody.  Because one can say, or do things, that are irreversible.  One can make some mistakes, that after the fact, will show no self-control.  And regret.  

Regret, is a terrible thing to have, even if you feel God forgives you.  Even if someone else forgives you.  Because if you have no self-control.  You see yourself, the error of not having self-control, and it will grieve you.  I have been grieved.  

And you need self-control.  You need to let the peace of God really rule your heart.  You cannot have that without Jesus.  Seriously.

I understand this.  I understand the anger in me any way.  I may not understand your anger.  But I understand, how hurt, pain, sorrow, no resolution to issues, can affect your spirit.  In anger.  Anger if not checked, can grow, and fester into a fire, that becomes out of control.  

So you need to know yourself.  But more then anything you need to know Jesus.  You need to know what He says about anger, and you need to know if you do not fix this even at a moment like this, where you are maybe at some peace, but you recognize the characteristic in you.  It could get out of control.  You want to be able to see it, stop it even now, and prevent anger.  

The thing with anger, and I have seen that in myself, is that something very trivial can set it off.  Spilled milk.  Seriously, self control has to see the symptoms, to stop it.  To give it to God.  

Yesterday, I was angry, for a moment.  Frustrated, and I cried out to God.  Please help me.  Because I have been dealing with something that has made me angry, for a very long time.  But I have been hiding it.  And yes, I have been dealing with it, but it could have gotten very out of control yesterday, but it did not.  I thank God.

I do not want it to be expressed in anger.  I want it to be expressed knowing God has an answer.  That peace, will rule my heart.  That I have control, because of who Christ is in me.  Just that cry out to God, helped me.  Because I realized, I need Him.  I surrendered myself to Him.  To His authority, to His ways.  To His truth, and love.  And the anger passed.  And to His glory, something happened, I got hope in this matter.  

I want to encourage you.  Because I know who Christ is.  And there is nothing too big, or too small for Him to handle.  He wants to help you.  But you have to let go of that pride, or anger, or self-will that says, I don’t need Him in this.  You do.  Believe me, you do.  We all need Him.  I don’t care who you think you are.  Those attributes you may have, or those characteristics that have been a part of any kind of success, you may have, can be gone.  So you need God. 

He is the only one who can change our hearts, our minds, our souls, our spirits.  Whatever it is friend, He can resolve it for you.  It may not even be in your time, but if you do your part, to begin the process, you will see the progress.  HE sees us, HE knows we need Him.  But we have to do the calling on Him.  He is the King of Kings, and Lord, of Lords.  He has the ability, we just have to submit to Him.  

I hope this helps someone.  I truly believe the Lord has me writing this for someone, who is so on the verge of exploding, that the consequences could be detrimental to your health, to your well being, to someone you love, or even your career.  Don’t let the devil have his way in this.  

Yes, we are all entitled to be angry, now and then, but in that anger, be careful it does not turn into sin.  Or you go to sleep with anger, there are reasons why God warns us not to do that.  

BE YE ANGRY AND SIN NOT:  LET NOT THE SUN GO DOWN UPON YOUR WRATH:  EPHESIANS 4:26.  

Give it to God, even now.  Give Him your anger, and sin not. He will help you.

 

Blessings, and love, in Christ,  Elena Ramirez

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HOW TO HAVE FAITH IN YOUR PATIENCE ~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

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

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IF YOU HAVE FAITH AMERICA….. ~ 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

IF YOU HAVE FAITH AMERICA….

If you have faith America, you begin to bless God, because He blesses America….

If you have faith America. You pray for our nation. You pray for our Leaders. You pray…..

If you have faith America, you quit speaking defeat…..

You begin speaking victory. Knowing, you have power of life and death in your tongues. You are careful to speak life.

If you have faith America, you honor life, even the life of the unborn.

If you have faith America, you do not give place to the enemy, but you submit to God, resist the enemy, and he must flee.

If you have faith America, you are loyal to God and country, and to Americas allies.

If you have faith America, you make sure, you accept Jesus Christ as Lord, and savior.  You make sure, your salvation is in tact.  You make sure, you repent.  For tomorrow is not promised to anyone.  You have faith in Christ, because you see, He suffered for you to be saved, and no one else can do that for you.  

If you have faith America, you stand in the old ways. The ways of God, the ways of our forefathers. I stand on my King James Bible, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. And every amendment, that supports this.

If you have faith America, you walk in love, with one another. In this country, we are united.  Divided we fall.

If you have faith America, you honor the American flag. You honor, others, and their choices. You honor the veteran who fights and died for your rights. You honor, freedom of speech.

If you have faith America, you honor God and country.

If you have faith America, you embrace every truth, every commandment God gives us, as best to your ability. And if you cannot you repent to God.

Yes, America, we need to make some changes here, for good, not evil. We have to stand our ground. We have to see the error of our own ways, individually and as a nation. We have to seek God.

If we do not, we will not have faith. Its time to get faith….

THEN TOUCHED HE THEIR EYES, SAYING, ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH BE IT UNTO YOU.

Matthew 9:29 KJV.

By Elena Ramirez

DISCLAIMER:  These are “Just my thoughts” today…..and I am grateful to God for the rights of free speech in America. That I do not take for granted, because I have faith.

I walk in faith, and those things I cannot change, I put in the hands of God almighty.  

They may not be your thoughts, but the beauty of it, is that in America, freedom is a gift, I don’t take for granted.  But I respect your right not to agree, but I don’t have to argue about it.  I don’t have to debate it.  

I have faith….

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LOVE MAKES EVERY THING GROW ~BY CHRISTIAN AUTHOR ELENA RAMIREZ


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So I have a strange dilemma. I have a neighbor, who is not always nice to me. In fact, I think I downright annoy her. She is short with me, and barely says hello. And well, I could react with that in return. But I try, I always try. To be nice, friendly, and kind.

I have noticed the last few times, when they go on vacation, they have not requested, or asked for us to water their flowers. I kind of think she thinks, I will just do it, but then when they come home, she really does not thank me, or us. But her flowers are alive.

So, they just took off yesterday, hubby was outside when they left. He asked as they loaded their trailer, and boat, how long they would be gone? They said Thursday. He said he asked, because that would have been a great time, to say hey, can you watch the house? Can you water our flowers. That was his way of trying to get a courtesy. But no, nothing was asked.

So common sense told me don’t water her flowers. And I feel like sure, I could let the flowers die, but what good would it do? It might teach her a lesson, to communicate, but by then the relationship we have would be at a worse strain. I could be that person and just look the other way. But thats not who I am.

So I have this saying on my wall. And I am praying for guidance, and I think, what would Christ do? And it came to me, water the flowers. Why? Because I see those flowers every day, out my window. I don’t have the heart to look at something and let it die, if I can save it.

Just like Christ, I want to save people. He is my example. Maybe thats why I am always reminding all of us to repent. To know, that we have to clean the slate with Christ. Maybe thats why, because love does things that don’t always seem like the right choice. But do we not know, Gods ways are not our ways?

I am not going to tell her I watered them. I am not asking for thanks. But I am going to just try and do things that love requires, that is not always the norm. I am not going to ask her to ask me to water her flowers. If she cannot see the error of her own ways, thats between her and God. In just being a courteous neighbor. You can’t make people do anything. But I can pray, and I pray God bless them.

Oh well. I may not see the fruit of it in others lives. But I can look out my window, and see those flowers are alive. Because I love, and love makes all things grow.

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STOP MISLEADING PEOPLE THAT ONCE SAVED IS ALWAYS SAVED ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


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I know the principles to have faith. I can help you. Order the book today. Go to this link…. http://howtohavefaith.wordpress.com

Note:  

I base this post on a conversation, I had with someone on social media.  Look, there is a misconception about this, and if I can gather lost souls for the Kingdom of God, then Lord use me.  

But people are not getting the truth, people are twisting scriptures to justify this, and people have no fear of God, or sense, to stay away from sin, even because of this wrong teaching “once saved is always saved.”  

They think grace, will cover it.  They think they don’t need the law, to know.  Another misconception.  Do you really think God flip flopped when He gave the law?  Just because Paul talks about not needing the law?  He was talking about the law of sin and death.  That is the only law we are free from.  

See Romans 8:2.  KJV.  FOR THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS HATH MADE ME FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.

But note how the Psalmist, talks about salvation and the law.  It is needed!

I HAVE LONGED FOR THY SALVATION, O LORD: AND THY LAW IS MY DELIGHT.   Psalms 119:174.

There have been so many lies spoken, and where the bible they use is even a lie.  

There are many scriptures that warn us, THAT ONCE SAVED IS NOT SAVED.  Do your own search on words.  Search the word “blot” and from a King James, the other versions may not have that reference.  A persons name can be blotted out of the lambs book of life.  Even in Revelation 22:18-19 it talks about those who change Gods word, will not enter the Kingdom.  Look at it!

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.”

Exodus 32:33 KJV

I get weary with those who argue God won’t remove someone’s name from the Lambs Book Of Life. That they think and actually believe they cannot lose their salvation. It’s here folks. I will not argue about Gods holy King James word.

This is why we need just one Holy Bible when we search.  To be on the same page with God.  

Which many Christians think you are judging them, if you tell them this truth, but you are warning them.  Ezekiel 3 and Ezekiel 33 tells us to warn even the “righteous” person.  THAT IS A PERSON WHO THINKS THEY ARE SAVED BUT THEY ARE DECEIVED.  Look it up in a King James Bible.  

Switch bibles, get a holy anointed King James Bible.  

Please look at the scriptures I based this conversation on.  They are the true last scriptures Christ gave to warn us.  He tells us to be repenting.  HE talks about how we received our salvation.  But we have grown dull, by not knowing the truth.  Many have become neither cold nor hot.  He will spit us out!  If we don’t get it right!  Judgement day is real folks, and we need to get the fear of God, because we all will stand before God.  HEAVEN AND HELL ARE REAL!  Get scared, and get the fear of God, because your soul could be lost!

Please get the truth, so you truly can be free in Christ.  Repent first, so you can hear the Holy Spirit guide you.  Then lead others truly to Christ.  But don’t fall for that lie that once saved is always saved.  Its not.  

‘I know, I was a backslider.  And by the grace of God I did not die in those years, I was backslidden.  But the only way I got it right was by repenting!  And I still repent.  I still make mistakes.  Which in Gods eyes could be considered sin.  Remember His ways are not always our ways.  This is scriptural. And I want nothing to do with the enemy.  I renounce him, and his deception.  Do not be deceived.  See the truth.  Repent. Renew your vows to Christ. And yes share this.  Be a soul winner.  For Christ.  

Blessings, and love, Elena Ramirez 

 

CONVERSATIONS ON ONCE SAVED IS NOT ALWAYS SAVED

Yes you are my sister and this is why I warn you in His love. The first thing the Holy Spirit brought to me was to tell you, and others how wrong this teaching is. You have love I see it. But the truth is in His word. Once saved is not always saved. He tells us many will come in His name but they will deceive others with vain words. The wrath of God will be on those who have had no fear of God. This is not taught. We are to fear the one who has power to put our soul in heaven and hell. We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. How can that be worked out if one just takes it for granted? That is taking the sacrifice of Christ for granted. His suffering and pain for our sins. NO! Christ told us, many will say Lord, Lord, but HE will say I never knew you. Why? because we all sin, we all come short of the glory of God. Repentance is the key. Daily repentance even. How many times do we in this world sin? Just by thought or deed. Again I looked at your profile, I saw what Bible you reference. That is not a holy bible. Don’t tell people this! You have love then obey God. Research the KJV scriptures. ASK God to show you. But plz stop misleading people.

“Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”
Revelation 3:2-19 KJV

WHEN GOD IS JEALOUS FOR YOUR SOUL ~ 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

FOR THE LORD THY GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE, EVEN A JEALOUS GOD.  DEUTERONOMY 4:24.

God is jealous for your soul.  He created you, in His image, and so when any of us, get off course, and we do not realize the error of our ways, He sees with jealousy!

I have seen in my own journey of life, where God has prompted to correct me here and there.  But He has done it sometimes in jealousy….

He is such a gentleman, to me, but He has been known to teach me some hard lessons in life.

It grieves me, that sometimes, I have not had good judgment.  It grieves me, that I made Father jealous.

I did not do it intentionally, but stupidly, being naive, being foolish, about not knowing His ways, His truth….For life.  For He is the way, the truth, and the life.

Oh how I love my King James Bible.  For there, I hear His voice.  There I know the content is not corrupted, there, I find truth.  His commandments.  Not someone else’s voice, that would make Him jealous…

I remember one time, I got Father jealous, because of my fascination with angels.  I had been collecting figurines of them.  One time, I went to a good will store, and I found one, and she had a lantern, so I bought it.

That same night, I dreamt of her.  She came alive.  She was evil, and she was trying to steal my soul, the light of who Christ was.  Her lantern was symbolic, to taking my light, and putting it in that lantern.  I woke up, terrified.

And I immediately opened my bible.  This scripture was immediately in view.

THOU SHALT HAVE NONE OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.  THOU SHALT NOT MAKE THEE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE, OR ANY LIKENESS OF ANYTHING THAT IS IN HEAVEN ABOVE, OR THAT IS IN THE EARTH BENEATH, OR THAT IS IN THE WATERS BENEATH THE EARTH.  THOU SHALT NOT BOW DOWN THYSELF UNTO THEM, NOR SERVE THEM, FOR I THE LORD THY GOD AM A JEALOUS GOD, VISITING THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHERS UPON THE CHILDREN UNTO THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION OF THEM THAT HATE ME.  AND SHOWING MERCY UNTO THOUSANDS OF THEM THAT LOVE ME AND KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.  DEUTERONOMY 4:7-10.

I repented.  I broke it, and smashed it into tiny little pieces.  There was something attached to it, in the spirit, that I did not want even anybody else to have.  So I broke it, and threw it in the trash.  It was a lesson, I will never forget.

You see, God saw my fascination, but even as a child, He was teaching me not to have any idolatry, before Him.  For as a child, I asked my mother, when we went to mass, why did the people bow down to the statues?  She had been teaching me the ten commandments, so I knew.  We went to different churches, so I know the difference.  

But here I was caught up in the spirit of just collecting, but it offended God.

So I am always careful now, to stop and see, what I like, what I give attention to, and why?  Even people…  Does it become idolatry?

You see, I don’t want to offend God.  I know He is jealous.  That scripture says he will visit the iniquity of the fathers, upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

Generational curses, one wonders, so I want the slate clean…..

Idolatry, can also come in the form, of loving one self.  Did you know that?  Remember the devil was an angel of light, who disguised himself.  He can come into position by showing himself as beautiful.  But behind his spirit, that ugly spirit will show up, as pride, and as conceited.  He was jealous of God, but God won that fight and kicked Him out of heaven.  

God does not share His glory with anyone.  So it is wise, to watch out for anything that becomes idolatry, or that tries to take the place of our relationship with our Lord and savior.  Because He is jealous…

I have learned lessons in that as well, though it is hard for me to articulate into words, I pray, not to give myself that attention, in these kind of matters. For it can turn into vanity.

I just want to please God.  I just want His peace, in my life.  I just want answers to prayer, and I do not want anything in my life, that is sin, that would take priority, or hinder my prayers.  I want His protection.  I just love His presence….

I want to see Him glorified, though, because of all of this. I want Him to know, and the world…so I speak it.  I don’t want to make Him jealous.  And I want for Him to receive any glory, or honor, or prestige, concerning anything, I prosper in. Because if you think about it, our lives are in His hand.  Our health, our wealth, our blessings…..small and large.  

It takes deliberate thought, to make sure when I come before Him, even in prayer, that I know, that I know who I am talking to.

He is the King of Kings, He is the Lord of Lords.  He is the healer, the provider, the creator of Heaven and earth, and so much more.  I do not want to make him jealous, by giving someone, or anything more priority then I do him.

So I want to be careful.  Do you think about that?  Are you aware He is jealous for your soul?  Food for thought, I pray this blesses you…

In Christ, Elena Ramirez