Mirror, mirror on the wall…..
I Samuel 12:21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit, nor deliver; for they are vain.
So what is the strange connection between idolatry and vanity?
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:26.
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I Corinthians 10:14.
Well one must go to the root of spirits. The root of good and evil. One must try and understand, this is a spiritual characteristic. One must see who God is, and yes see who the devil is.
We are told that the devil, was beautiful to look at. He was, the morning star. He wanted to lift himself up, and was jealous of God, and God kicked him out of heaven.
Luke 10:18 And He said unto them, I beheld satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Another terrible trait. Jealousy.
Do you ever notice something about God? He hides Himself. His glory, is so bright, that when Moses talked to Him, his countenance changed, and God placed Moses in the cleft of the rock. One could see that could be modesty, if we like Him, want to be in holiness.
Now, idolatry, is anything, that tries to lift itself up higher then God. Many scriptures tell us, God is a jealous God. And there are many scriptures that tell us how offensive that is to God.
So lets look at an example of idolatry, in people we admire. People, who are beautiful. Do you know by trying to imitate them, that is idolatry? That spirit of who they are, can be transferred. No one, but Jesus, is worthy to imitate in life. And when we take our eyes off of God, we are so open and prone to receive spirits that are not of Christ. Why would anyone of us, not be wise enough to see the deception of that? But it happens. Even with good Christian people. Who do not know better.
I just feel led to write this. I am older, I have made many mistakes myself, in vanity. But I think I have learned a few things as well.
We must guard our spirits. We must try to go back to the old ways. Yes keep your physical body healthy, and take good precautions to care that you look healthy, and well groomed. I was going to say take “pride” in your appearance. But that again, is a characteristic, that we must see God hates. Pride puffs itself up. It says, I am better then you. Its just wrong.
All I know, especially in these times, everything seems to be centered around peoples looks, their money, and even in the body of Christ, people are not seeing it.
Recently, I saw a page about a famous pretty woman, and she ranted and raved, about how pretty she was, and that she never had surgery to enhance her looks. It just seemed oh so conceited.
What a terrible example we have given our young women. Our girls. It cheapens them. It lowers their value in the sight of God. What happened, to modesty, innocence? Chastity, yes, it may be old fashioned. But with std’s and sin, that does not promote saving yourself for marriage, our society is in trouble. Being vain, only contributes to this.
I just hope you take this to heart. I know I have repented, for thoughts about myself, that must seem so vain in the sight of God. My own other sins, and just things…. Concerning clothing, and yes appearance.
We all have to work on our souls. One may be beautiful on the outside. Which people do look at, but God looks at the heart.
What does He see, when He sees us? It is an on going process. In repentance, and innocence, and modesty.
I know, people don’t talk about holiness. But it is important. Our spirits, our hearts, should only try to reflect Christ. Be beautiful because of who Christ is in your heart. You do not need to imitate anybody else.
Beware of the spirit of idolatry, and vanity.
Blessings, and love,
I hope these scriptures, bring some light to this subject.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30
Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Ezekiel 28:17
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name: bring an offering, and come before Him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. I Chronicles 16:29.
Ezekiel 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playest the harlot because of thy renown, and pourest out thy fornications on every one that passed by: his it was.
There are spiritual dangers, when people, and yes Christians, do not see sin, and call it for what it is, and for whatever reasons, whether it is being politically correct, or rebellion, or even a lack of knowledge, they are setting themselves up for a fall. A big fall!
And they defend sin, and call it “judging”, and they do not see the warnings from God, and yes other Christians, who stand up for truth.
The reason, I say, “so called” Christians, is because lately, I see a strong trend, of those who say and claim they are Christians, and they believe in God, but they are disobedient to God, and His Holy word, and they are actually rebellious, and defend the lies from the devil.
To me these type of people, have become pawns for the devil. And people do not even see it. They do not see the deception, or the disobedience, to God, and they are actually striving against the truth. They are striving, and fighting against other Christians.
I see it more then ever, and I see, the deception. I guess it is a strong sign of the end of times. I see how many, are twisting and taking the gospel, and ignoring it. Or the watered versions, of gospel, they are using, is so taken out of context, that they have no true foundation, to stand on.
I see it from the top! Prominent “so called” Christian leaders, who may have a sense of sin. And they curse, with scripture, but its not what God really says. According to King James scripture.
Or those again, who defend sin, and attack those who stand on the true word of God. Its a mess out there! And God, must shake His head, at those who could be doing good for the Kingdom of God, but they have no true moral compass, or a sense of what pleases God, and what does not! And because of that, they are in spiritual danger.
I have been in more battles, with “so called” Christians lately, that my concern has really taken a shift, to see this and call it for what it is! Because more “so called” Christians, are being called from the devil! To defy holy word, to attack other brothers and sisters in Christ, and they are lining up, with their rhetoric, that is part truth, and part lie. They are pawns of satan. And maybe calling them this, they will see the deception and repent! And maybe throw away their pride, and apologize, so God truly can bless them. Yes I hope the person, who did this to me reads this.
For they are being used by the enemy. Twisting scriptures. Yesterday, I got such a response as this. As a “friend” on FB, attacked my post, where a church, was compromising biblical truths, and principles, and taking the stance, that in this changing society, we as Christians, need to change our stance, to be more friendly, and more politically correct. And I called that garbage! And I called it for what it is, we are to “come out from among them.”
We are not to stop and change, our stance! Sin is sin. Yes, we are called to love the sinner, but we are called to hate the sin. And with that we are to warn others, and that is what I did. I was not judging anyone in particular, but I was judging the “sin” of this pastor, and the church, he represents.
But instead, what I got from this “so called” friend, and Christian, that we are to love one another, and to not throw stones! And judging, would come down on any one who does that! Excuse me, I am loyal to what God says! We are called to judge righteously. See John 7:24 from a King James.
And thats the whole problem, with many “so called” Christians, that they do not see what God says, and they are in disobedience. And if you throw a stone at me, I will not just take it! Don’t be surprised, if I throw it back.
Because I do actually hate sin. I may love the sinner, but I hate sin, and I see how it steals from any one of us.
If any one challenges me, they better have King James scriptures, to back it up. Because you cannot take part scripture, no matter how true it is, and make it try to look like I am the bad judgmental Christian, because you cannot see the deception and yes, the lies of sin. And that is what the devil wants to do. I will show you what God says! I will use my true sword of truth!
And I warn others to use a King James bible, and many do not see it as well, and they think you are judging them. But yet, I am telling them what God says, do not change, add or delete word. And I am warning them they have rubber swords, but if a person, wants to disobey God, I can only try so much.
I am glad, I know scripture, I am glad I know truth, because I know what pleases God, and I will be loyal to that!
I am actually irked this morning, as I write this, because I see so many “so called” Christians, and if they know truth, they do not stand for it. They are silent. And if they know part truth, they take that part, and distort it, and actually come against the agenda of God. What is God going to tell you when you stand in front of God?
God says, KNOW YE NOT THAT THE UNRIGHTEOUS SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD? BE NOT DECEIVED; NEITHER FORNICATIORS, NOR IDOLATERS, NOR ADULTERERS, NOR EFFEMINATE, NOR ABUSERS OF THEMSELVES WITH MANKIND. I CORINTHIANS 6:9.
And as an added thought, concerning the conversation I had with this person who was defending sin, homosexual sin. This is what God also says concerning it, in the church.
THERE SHALL BE NO WHORE OF THE DAUGHTERS OF ISRAEL, NOR A SODOMITE OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL. THOU SHALT NOT BRING THE HIRE OF A WHORE, OR THE PRICE OF A DOG, INTO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD THY GOD FOR ANY VOW: FOR EVEN BOTH THESE ARE ABOMINATION UNTO THE LORD THY GOD. Deuteronomy 23:17-18.
And for the sake of clarification, homosexual, is not in the King James bible, and the word sodomite is the same as a homosexual. The word homosexual is a modern word.
Look I don’t understand the nature of this sin. Why some think they are born that way. But it is a curse. And it is a sin, and you have to get to the root of sin, and repent, and give it to Christ to cleanse someone. But enabling sin, and defending it, is wrong.
And I don’t hate people, but I do hate the sin. I see, and hear so many reports, of people, victimized, by sin. Innocent children. Babies abused. By even the nature of this. For it repeats itself. Over, and over again. And if I could show people to beware of sin, and not accept it. Not enable others as well, by defending it, maybe, someone could be free. But to promote it, to allow it, and to accept it, when God says be free, be clean, and come out of that. And of all places by a pastor, and the church he represents. He is a wolf in sheeps clothing. Well, there is a chance for change. And this is where I got challenged. Because we all have the choice. We all have to obey, or disobey. And I will obey God. And call it sin!
WHEREFORE COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, AND BE YE SEPARATE, SAITH THE LORD, AND TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING: AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU, AND WILL BE A FATHER UNTO YOU, AND YE SHALL BE MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS , SAITH THE LORD ALMIGHTY. II Corinthians 6:17-18,
Don’t they see, they will not be blessed? Don’t they see, that you have to trust God, and obey Him? Don’t they see, the spiritual dangers of this? God says, submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee. But no, they start fighting with other Christians, and calling it judging, when all I really was doing is warning my brothers and sisters in Christ. And yes other Christians who are in the true word, see this. And they face this same dilemma.
Yes warning them. Not judging them. I have had enough sin in my own life, to scream and tell my brothers and sisters, watch out for the deception. Stay away from the fire! You will get burned! Watch out for the lies from the enemy. I have had these kind of battles, because I cannot fathom, why Christians, who know the truth, cannot see the deception in defending these lies. I tell many of them REPENT!
I have had my methods challenged, I have been told, they did not like my style! Well too bad, because I will be obedient to God, and you don’t like it, thats your problem, my loyalties are to God first.
Because you are not seeing the whole picture. You are being deceived. When any one comes against the word of God, and will deny it and defy it, yes they are in spiritual danger. This is disobedience.
More then they know. For God is not mocked. And the fear of God, that I talk about should be evident in all of us. And more specifically that is in my King James bible says ‘FEAR GOD”!
God has that power to throw many into hell. Salvation is not secure, when you disobey God! And yes folks this is scriptural. Read Revelation 22:18-19 from a King where it talks about changing Gods Holy word, one can be denied access to the Holy city.
And Read Ezekiel 3 and Ezekiel 33, where we are called to warn one another! Because a righteous person, will die, if they disobey! Remember Christ is the way, the truth, and life. John 14:6. But if one is in sin, and does not repent, they lose their gift of salvation. They lose their way to the Kingdom of God. No ifs, buts or maybes. Sin will separate you from God.
So yes, I do love, but my love has to be God first. It cannot be compromised, and it cannot give place to the enemy.
But no, many of these people will not admit this, due to their pride. They will not repent, let alone apologize to someone who knows truth, and they want to make a person an outcast. They will not admit the error of their ways, so they can grow. So they can be cleansed truly, and their garments white. They want God, but they do not want to trust Him, and obey Him.
Well I will trust and obey! And I pray to be a true voice for Christ, because I know now the difference!
SHE OBEYED NOT THE VOICE: SHE RECEIVED NOT CORRECTION; SHE TRUSTED NOT IN THE LORD; SHE DREW NOT NEAR TO HER GOD. Zephaniah 3:2.
No wonder Christ told us, they would throw us out of the churches. No wonder, He said we would be hated. No wonder….
Well, to each their own. You can tell people, truth. But if they do not receive it. I shake the dust off.
Recently, I wrote I am not as gracious as I used to be. And only when Christ prompts me to be courteous I will. But I will not let someone, take the love I have for God in obedience, and stomp on the truth that saved me. The sacrifice of Christ was too great. I will speak up!
And first I will say, why are you becoming a pawn for the devil? In fighting me. Because you are fighting God. And HE never loses a fight…..
Please Note: I just said a prayer, frustrated, and God gave me this scripture as I asked for encouragement. So I am adding it here…Don’t think He will not take His wrath. He will.
AND I WILL PERSECUTE THEM WITH THE SWORD, WITH THE FAMINE, AND WITH THE PESTILENCE, AND WILL DELIVER THEM TO BE REMOVED TO ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE EARTH, TO BE A CURSE, AND AN ASTONISHMENT, AND AN HISSING, AND A REPROACH AMONG ALL THE NATIONS, WHITHER I HAVE DRIVEN THEM: BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT HEARKENED TO MY WORDS, SAITH THE LORD, WHICH SENT UNTO THEM BY MY SERVANTS THE PROPHETS, RISING UP EARLY AND SENDING THEM; BUT YE WOULD NOT HEAR, SAITH THE LORD. JEREMIAH 29:18-19.
Blessings, Elena Ramirez
I call it a spirit of depression, because it is. And when you understand, why things come and happen, you can fight it effectively. You can get to the root of the problem.
I address, this in view of what has happened recently, to the beloved, Mr. Williams. And my disclaimer is this, for I do not know what “demons he dealt with”. But there is one name greater then any demon, and that is Jesus Christ. But I do understand the evil of it, and I will explain further.
But I do so carefully, because as I see how it took the life of this beloved man, I am careful, because one never, ever knows what someone is going through, or has gone through. This is one reason, we should always be sharing the gospel, and our own testimonies, because Jesus has made a difference in our lives. And, this is why we must offer love to one another, as Christ commanded, and yes be very careful with judging. Please I repeat, be careful, how you judge a matter or a person.
And I bring it up, because I have dealt with depression in my life. In my own life, I have seen it, and yes even in my mothers. And I saw she never did overcome it, sadly, even to her, death. For her depression, made her so angry, that she died sad, angry, and miserable.
And I am opening myself in some ways, yet, I am keeping a sense of privacy, as I express this, because I also guard myself.
But depression, does come from the pit of hell. We do deal with demons. And when someone says that, it is not far from truth, because it is truth. And if people could understand it, as a spirit first, then you can combat it. You see, the enemy the devil, comes to kill, steal and destroy, and if he can do that, he will win. Jesus, knew, that the enemy came to hurt us, in all aspects of our life, so Christ became the penalty of sin, to take the “legal” right from the devil. But the devil will still try and hurt us, so we have to know how to take the word of God, and we have to know how to fight a good fight of faith, by giving it to Jesus.
What has worked for me, and again this is my disclaimer, but if one does have it, they can fight it. By prayer, yes, even fasting, and praising God. You see, when we seek God, who is a “spirit” and we worship Him, in spirit and truth, we can have a weapon, to fight the enemy. Gods enemy hates praise. He hates it, so when we praise God, and I say doing this openly, and as often as possible, God enters into the situation, and wards the devil away and takes the spirit of heaviness, and depression from us.
Joy, is replaced with a sense of trust in God, and the victory is ours. The demons leave.
I have learned, and I know, even many of my friends see, I praise God often, but this is my main weapon against the enemy. Prayer and praise to God. I give glory to God, in anything, because I do battle depression.
I have dealt with something, most of my life. And I still have hope God will rectify this situation. I know it needs His hand to make a way, in the provision of it. But what keeps me sane, balanced, and yes joyful, is that my commitment is to Him, with all my being. With all that I can, I pray, praise Him, give Him glory and honor. Maybe now some can understand, why I do it so often.
You see, we have power of life and death in our tongues. Read Proverbs 18:21 King James. When we openly speak, and articulate praise to God, this principle goes in effect, and the victory is ours. I speak this, because it has worked for me. Friends, the “wisdom skill” is this. To avoid depression, speak, and give God glory, as you pray. I know to the atheist, to the unbeliever, this is nonsense.
But to those who believe, the foolishness of this brings the power of God. I don’t care what the atheist, or non-believer thinks. This is my saving grace by Jesus Christ. Knowing Gods Holy word, my King James Bible, is my weapon, my sword of truth, and I trust it with all my being. I daily take Gods word, for strength, and understanding. To know God, to know what pleases Him, and as I do, I find the armor of God is placed on my heart to protect me, with love, for He is love. It protects my mind, no depression is not what I have, as I seek God, and praise Him, with all my being. So yes, I speak glory to God!
Friend, this is a very deep, and profound thing, but if you have problems yes try this, I also recommend you get good spiritual counseling, that is King James Biblically sound, and that you do not walk in the valley of the shadow of death alone. So yes, find help! Pastors, friends, in Christ, and Christian counseling, etc.
Do not give into the temptation to commit suicide. Do not! This is a permanent solution to a problem that can be rectified by Jesus. This is my wisdom key for you, I pray, you find peace, for this is what Christ has promised. I do understand, you, and I know sometimes, you feel there is no hope. But there is. Jesus is that hope.
I understood this, that is why I wrote my two books, How To Have Faith, and Behavioral Curses That Change with Jesus. I understand. I want to help you, even in this brief post. But go to God, go to Him, cry repent, and seek Him, and yes repentance is good for the soul, it is a cleansing. There is so much more, but Jesus is that cure for depression. Much love, Jesus I adore you! And thank you for saving me, and showing me a better way.
God bless you friends, may this Wisdom Skill bring you hope….Elena Ramirez
PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU, MY PEACE I GIVE UNTO YOU: NOT AS THE WORLD GIVETH, GIVE I UNTO YOU. LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED, NEITHER LET IT BE AFRAID. JOHN 14:27.
Pride will steal your blessings, and I need to write this.
There are so many Christians who are Christians, and believe in Gods word, but when an offence comes in, or a disagreement, what happens, is that pride takes over.
That is one thing, people do not understand, and when they do that, they open the door to the enemy. I have seen it time and time again, and I take it to heart, to know, because this is one thing, that offends God. He does not bless pride.
Why does it steal your blessings? One reason, because it stops love. It stops the flow of love, and God is love.
Whenever any of us, stop love, we stop God, from working in our lives. We are stopping the blessings, and we are stopping forgiveness, and being disobedient. It automatically brings the enemy into the situation legally. We are told to give no place to the enemy to submit to God, and then the enemy will flee.
But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:6-7.
These are principles, laws, and parameters God has placed in each one of our lives, and no matter how right you are, (I have learned this) that it turns into a stumbling block, that steals your blessings.
No one, would ever purposely, stop God from blessing them, who would be foolish to do that? But unknowingly, when you have pride, with anybody, you are doing that. And when you do that, you are using a worldly sense of dealing with something, instead of doing something the way of Gods Kingdom.
Its like a child, who gets mad at someone, and instead of letting the love flow, to be understanding, compassionate, instead one gets a stone wall, of intellectual reasoning. By being bratty, unresponsive, and snubbing someone. It shows. Those kind of tactics were done when we were kids, and you either grow, or you keep doing it like a child. Who has not learned how to deal with this, and see the way to get out of pride.
Lets look at that more so, because this is the way of the world, in some cases. Being realistically intellectual in reasoning with one another. Here as an example, you may be able to relate to this, but say someone tells you, that you have offended them. Or that something you did, deserves to be looked at, to understand.
They are sad, they are wounded, or they may even just be adamant to say, hey that is wrong. So what do you do? You give a reason, you explain maybe even calmly, or with a sarcastic attitude, thats the way it is, and thats why you did what you did.
Instead, of seeing that person, actually has a llegitimate point. And instead of you recognizing it, acknowledging it, you may either ignore that person (pride) or just cut them off. You have forgotten manners, good courtesy, of just even recognizing the problem.
Stop for a moment, and look that this person, has actually made a point, and for whatever reason, if it is other factors, they need you to see this problem. Don’t brush them off, don’t snub them, don’t ignore their thought….Let love in, and don’t let pride steal your blessings.
Now, I know every situation is different, but there is something to be said, about the way, we communicate, and the way, we either work it out with or without pride.
Having pride, will not acknowledge its wrong doing. It will not admit a fault, it will not go that extra step to make a wrong right. And this my friend, is what I am trying to get you to see. I am trying to extend grace to you, to see that when you are wrong….
Go to someone, tell them perhaps, you were wrong, in your evaluation, or in the method of handling something. What you are trying to do, is to continue the flow of love. (Bringing God into it) For when you do that, you are letting go of your pride.
You are letting go, of your right to be right, and even if you are right, you are saying. I love you, this does not mean just because we disagree, that we should be at odds with one another. You are not hiding the discretion, you are exposing it to love.
You see, if we saw how God works, and the enemy works, we would be able to stop problems, curses, and even sin. Love never fails. Pride will stop love, it will stop your blessings. Let go of that anger, to be right, or to have the right to be right. It does you no good. It needs to be brought to the obedience of Christ. So His love can continue.
See this my friends, is something to know for pride will really steal your blessings. And the enemy in his twisted sense of bringing confusion, will bring part truth in any matter, to look like a lie. Or to bring pride. Don’t be a part of pride. Forgive, communicate, and be gracious, in your communications.
We all need to work on this, because it is on-going. I hope this brought some perspective, so you can get on the right path, and in doing so learning a tool of diplomacy, with compassion, understanding, to stop pride.
Just my thoughts, with love, so hoping that we all can grow. So praying, that when differences come, even in my own life, I am praying, that I will not have pride. You see, I grew up, trying to reason sometimes, and when I saw pride in a loved one, and I was rejected, I knew what it was.
That is the worst feeling, to have, because of someones pride, and when life goes on, and it is not resolved, it brings a curse. Love could have healed that, but pride got in the way. Don’t let it get in the way of your life. Stop it, God can change it. The following link is one of my popular posts on pride, just click it, and praying it also helps you.
Blessings and love, Elena Ramirez