Skewed

The New

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ! —assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:17-24).

A while back I was praying and asking God questions about the state of one’s mind, really about mine. I asked Him, how wounded is the mind and where are all the thoughts that are hidden that I cannot get at? A while later I heard the word “skewed”. I began to ask myself what I thought it meant and then began searching the bible and dictionary.

Skew

Verb past tense: skewed; past participle: skewed make biased or distorted in a way that is regarded as inaccurate, unfair, or misleading. “the curriculum is skewed toward the practical subjects” synonyms: distort, misrepresent, pervert, twist, falsify, bias, alter, change; informal doctor, put a spin on “anyone can skew the data to their own advantage”

I think the interesting part of the definition of the word skew is this example: “Anyone can skew the data to their own advantage”.

How deep in the mind are our thoughts buried? Imagine this; a huge apartment complex with thousands upon thousands of rooms. In each room there are more rooms. In every room are shelves, on the shelves sit memories, thoughts, secrets, and many belief systems. Have you ever wondered why, out of the blue, you had a strange thought and said to yourself, “Where did that come from?”

The tarnished, unbelieving, and sick mind is thousands of years old. This mindset has separated us from the Spirit of God from the beginning, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Why has the mind been allowed to be defiled, changed, and filled with miscommunication so easily?

The Fall

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die…”

What happened in the Garden of Eden with Eve? Why was the serpent allowed to deceive Eve and get her to think differently? How was she able to get Adam to go along? Just as it was back then, so it is today. We are easily swayed into thinking that a lie is a truth.

Today

In this present-day, having a normal conversation with the general populace is strange. Most people these days will argue a point that might start out as a simple conversation and if it is not what they believe, it becomes a debate. They will interject their own thoughts and cut people off when they are talking, not allowing people to finish their thought. (I know this because I have experienced it). Their belief system has been skewed by their own agenda, using the data they have accepted and created. Most of the conversations I have witnessed switch into different conversations from where it began. (It is like talking to many people at one time) Reference: Double-Minded Series. MC Chapel Fellowship

When It Began for Me?

Please realize I mean no disrespect to my parents. I know that in my mother’s womb I felt rejection from both parents. I was angry about it when I was born. My parents said I didn’t look like either of them and that I was an ugly baby. In my baby pictures, I look lifeless and angry. So whatever words were spoken over me, I accepted, acknowledged, and created thoughts in my mind. I allowed my mind to be skewed.

Growing up I was labeled as a gullible child. People would giggle and say, “You believe anything anyone says!” I thought it was funny and I used it as an advantage… by being the “silly one”. But as I got older, I realized that I believed a lot of things that were not true. Now I know why.

Did she hear a thought from some corner in her mind?

While at the store a couple of weeks ago, I was in line and noticed the box of soda waters I was purchasing was busted open. I warned the cashier about the condition of the box. I sensed that I needed to be careful with her while explaining this. She turned to me and said; “Well if they fall, out I won’t pick them up.” In her mind she thought, if they fell out, I was expecting her to pick them up. She got upset and her attitude changed. What part in her mind heard my simple explanation and what part heard something different? Did a skewed thought process quickly come forward with an answer? Was this a thought with a feeling that was created somewhere in her lifetime. A defense thought, perhaps?

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness…” (Ephesians 4:22-24).

Jesus laid the foundation for us to be healed rightly from what society calls bi-polar, schizophrenia, and all the other medical terms regarding mental illness. This is explained through-out the new testament and is referred to as double-minded. The heart and mind are components that work together and both need to be healed.

God wants us to Himself

God wants you to worship only Him and has a plan where you can end this separation of God and man and be completely restored to Him. And how did He do this? He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of all mankind.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)

Called to Be Holy

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy…” (1 Peter:1, 13-16)

Image of the apartment complex in the mind.

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What Kingdoms of This World Has Satan Offered You?

What Spiritually Traps You?

Within the last decade, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and many other social-media websites have become a pandemonium battlefield. They have developed a place for people to meet people, vent, express, criticize, cyber-bully, and share nearly every detail of what is going on in their lives. I am talking right down to a women’s menstrual-cycle, a man’s impotency, suicide (discussing whether it is wrong or right), and how to raise or not raise your children. Not to mention debates on wars, politics, religion, alcohol, drugs, makeup, stress, love and hate, sexual orientation, and more.

One of the spiritual kingdoms that Satan has had help with creating, is the social internet. Satan has been given the kingdoms of the world, so do you believe he has taken full advantage of the social internet? The internet is helpful, we use it every day to search for things, buy things, it does help, and it has become a necessity.  However, the social part of it has become a spiritual trap, and it has become for many an invisible friend. Why do people share/expose so much about themselves?

I say it is because we are conforming to this world, accepting what is not real vs. what is real, following a people and their beliefs, getting caught up with worldly gadgets.

“Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8-9)

 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:11).

How did we become prisoners?

I had a dream, and in the dream I was in a prison. Though it was not the same as a normal prison, it was a place where people were being held against their will… Or were they?

In the dream, I thought to myself, ‘I need to get out of here.’  I was looking through a small aperture into the room across from me. In the next room was a friend I went to school with. I called out to her and said, “Hey, we need to get out of here.”

I broke down my door and as I walked out of the room, I felt as if there was no time to waste. I went to the door where my friend was and began to try to help her get out. I realized the door to her room was now open, but she began to stall as if she forgot something. I knew if I didn’t leave soon, I would get trapped again and be put back into the room. So I left. I walked down a hall that led to an opening into another room.

When I walked into the open room I looked around and thought to myself, ‘this is an enormous building’. It was the size of a factory of some sort. I noticed the people who were trying to keep us there had some of our possessions that were lined up on shelves. All the items I could see looked personal and fragile. I began walking around inside the building and watched as these folks, even though they knew I was there, were moving items out of the building. I began yelling, “why are you doing this?”

I was upset. I thought, ‘how could they do this to us’. I lifted up my right arm and swept it across a shelf where some of the items were place. As I watched the objects fall onto the floor, I looked around nervously, thinking I was going to get in trouble. I knew it was time to leave. I walked out of the building and was glad to leave without any problems. Once I was out, I began walking down the street and I passed the house where I grew up. The last thought I had been, ‘I hope my friend made it out’. Then I woke up.

As I lay there thinking about the dream. I began praying and asking God what it meant. I was reminded of the social-media sites and how they had trapped me. The personal possessions were bits of my life I had shared through comments that had I made on Facebook, along with pictures I posted, and anything else that was private which I had revealed to the social media world. Even though you may think the stuff you post can be kept private, it cannot. When I had my Facebook account my excuse was, “It is for friends and family.”  After a while, for me, it became a place to show off and express my Christianity and so on. Though I never preached to anyone, I posted Christian memes and photo statuses… that didn’t help me or anyone else get closer to Jesus. So I deactivated Facebook.

Also when I had a Facebook account, there were many times I wanted to leave a comment about what a person had posted, mostly on their misguided religious/churchianity posts but other topics as well.  And even though I never said anything, I felt something inside that I didn’t like. I knew I had to work on issues concerning what other people believed.  I knew that was the trap – how my participation in these social-media sites was making me feel.

On Facebook the same morning that I had the dream, I came across the person who was in that dream. I’ve known her since we were in middle school. We do not have the same beliefs about Jesus, and I am truly glad to let the friendship go. I know that the dream was a warning for me to let go of people who have no place in my life and to quit being involved in the social scene online. It is now the way of the world and what is sad is that today there are a lot fewer face to face conversations.

I know that we are running out of time and people keep digging an unfathomable hole further into Satan’s trap. All we can do is pray for those that are stuck in Satan’s trap and those who are seeking the Lord diligently and trust God for them. Please ask God to show you where your heart is attached to the world’s strongholds. We are preparing to be the ones that God uses to help the lost.  Satan’s time is short so he is working extremely hard and fast to destroy God’s children, and he is doing a good job!

We are in the end times – work out your salvation and be a good minister of Jesus Christ.

A Good Minister of Jesus Christ

If you put these instructions before the brethren, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the good doctrine which you have followed.  Have nothing to do with godless and silly myths. Train yourself in godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

 Command and teach these things. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you.  Practice these duties, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress. Take heed to yourself and to your teaching; hold to that, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4, 6-16).

 Servant

America, Home of the Selfish and Land of the Wasteful !

Am I Glutinous ?

“I, I am the Lord,
and besides me there is no savior.
I declared and saved and proclaimed,
when there was no strange god among you;
and you are my witnesses,” says the Lord
. (Isaiah 43:11-12).

This past week Mark and I along with our team at MC Chapel Fellowship had the privilege of finally meeting Pastor Gideon, who is from Africa and lives in the town of Eldoret. We have known him since 2002. Pastors Chuck and Mark had prayed years ago for a way for Pastor Gideon and his team travel to America, but it was not yet in Gods timing. Years ago, Pastor Gideon had been searching online for sound teaching on the “Cross”. He said that not many preachers at that time were teaching about the Cross. When he typed in “Message of the Cross”, that was when he found our ministry. That is when our friendship began.

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

When Pastor Chuck received the email a few months ago from Gideon, he shared with the team that Gideon had been blessed with travel plans to come to the United States with a group. He was supposed to arrive in Canon City on October 1st, but God had other plans, he instead arrived on September 27th. God opened the door and it happened fast. What I have experienced in the last week will forever be imprinted on my heart. Gideon was the most humble person I have met. His love for God is real and he is dedicated to preach the gospel to a nation of orphans and a lost people. He said that a lot of the people he began preaching to asked, “Who is this Jesus?” “Is he like a president, who we can vote for?”. Many had no idea who Jesus was. He began preaching right out of High school. He blessed us with a sermon this past Sunday along with his testimony. I encourage you to listen to it, he shares the story of how God used him at a very young age and how his ministry began in Africa.

The night Gideon arrived I was already asleep, his traveling time started about 5:00 am that morning, and he didn’t arrive until after 11:00 pm at night. I didn’t get to meet him until the next morning. When I got up to greet him, it was as if I had known him for years. His presence was a peaceful one. We began our journey to come to know him personally. He shared freely of his life and what he was all about. Mark and I took him to some of the main attractions in Colorado. He was amazed by its beauty. As he told us his story about his life in Kenya, I kept thinking to myself, “I am so selfish”. Even though I would give you the shirt off of my back and love you unconditionally, it was the deeper sense of selfishness and greed that was brought to mind…

Even though America is on its way to a national breakdown, we do have more than we need every day. Gideon shared through-out the week many things about his country. How they have no stoves, refrigerators, washing machines or toilets. They wash their clothes in the river and bathe there as well. Everything they eat has to be eaten that day or it will spoil. He has no shelves of canned food or items that may sit for weeks.

His conversations reminded me of this passage:

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law or not” (Exodus 16:4).

Gideon’s dedication to God is much more involved than the American Christian. There are no televisions or electronics to interrupt during the day or night. They spend their time praying for help, health, food and clothing. Praying for the orphans and praying for the people to search out God. Knowing that God takes care of Gideon and his family daily helps me to believe this man is truly seeking the Lord. Though there is internet available for some of the preachers and available in certain areas, it is not like America, where we can’t live without.

As the week went on, pastor Gideon told us that Americans traveled to Africa to help, but people just couldn’t spend enough time there to help at all. The government in Africa is corrupt and doesn’t help the people of Africa that truly need help. Amazingly it is also a land of greed in many parts of the country. The Government lives well and allows the people to suffer with many illnesses and diseases.

As I listen to most of Gideon’s stories,I grieved inside. I believe that this man is doing a mighty work for the Lord and he is blessed in many ways, differently than we are. I see Gods mighty hand in the work Gideon is doing in Africa. Please take time out of the day to pray for Gideon, his family and the work he is doing for Africa.

The native language in Gideon’s area is Swahili, however English is the most important language to them.

“Swahili, also known as Kiswahili, is a Bantu language and the first language of the Swahili people. It is a lingua franca of the African Great Lakes region and other parts of Southeast Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo…” (Wikipedia 2015)

Chuck and Gideon

chuck and Gideon

Gideon and Mark Mark and Gideon

Gideon and wife Pastors Gideon & Evelyn

Look at the birds of the air

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The world is falling apart. Are you trusting God for everything, down to the very pillow you lay your head on at night? Look at the birds of the air…

I took a picture of two birds in our front yard a week ago; they had been swarming around a tree as if they were protecting something. They would fly high in the air and then would swoop down low as if they were going to attack. However, I stood still and they finally calmed down.

The trees in our neighborhood went into shock after a really cold week of weather. Colorado had extremely warm weather for the later part of winter. The buds started to sprout in late February because of the warm winter. Then a snow storm came and it was so cold that everything froze. When spring finally came, these particular trees did not produce their leaves as normal.

But what did sprout in the tree was a bird nest. My husband noticed it about a month ago, and we all took turns looking into the nest and being amazed how it was designed. The nest was made of twigs carefully placed together. It was nestled nicely into a few branches of the tree and in the middle of the nest was soft material, making it look like a fluffy pillow.

A couple of weeks after that of course there were eggs, six to be exact. Then along came little chicks. We all peeked and sure enough these little baby birds with hardly any feathers, crying as if they were hungry (I am sure they were), were as precious as can be. The mother and father birds were on guard even more. Through-out the day I could hear the two fighting off other birds, cars that drove into the driveways, and anyone that came remotely close.

As I thought about the care these birds had towards their tiny little babies – in all of the weather we have had (There was a lot of rain, wind, and lightning) and as these little birds were protected, sheltered, and fed – I was reminded of Mathew 6:26.

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

I know that we have read this scripture above many times, and for me it is a constant reminder to work on the issues of my heart concerning trust. But, how deep do the issues of the heart go? When we read scripture, do we just skim it thinking we understand and go on? Or do we allow God to minister to us and help us understand the deep-rooted unbelief thoughts, feelings, and emotions?

Maybe think about this; even though we have jobs and material items, food, cars, and homes. What if all those items were gone in an instant? Would you trust God to take care of you? Would you panic? Would you know what to do?

The birds’ instinct was to build a nest, make it strong and sturdy enough to withstand wind, rain, and other elements through the day. What if the birds’ nest was torn apart and there was no place for the birds to keep their babies? Would they rebuild on the instruction of the Lord? Do they know the Lords voice? If a bird knows how to keep their little chicks safe, wouldn’t you want to truly trust that God would take care of us, down to the very pillow we lay our head on?

Allow God to get at the deep-rooted issues of your heart. Ask God to show you how to work on these issues.

Keep your heart with all vigilance;
for from it flow the springs of life
” (Proverbs 4:23).

My Pillow Became My Friend

The pain was like the recovery of an accident

A friend I knew years ago had been in an accident, he had crashed his motorcycle. He flew over the front of his bike, his body rolled along the road before he finally landed in a ditch. Both of his arms and legs broke during the crash. The doctor had to put a metal plate into his arm to replace part of a bone; his whole body was bruised from neck to toe. (Thank goodness for the helmet). His recovery time took over a year. I imagine the pain he endured during that first month or so had to be excruciating. Medications were necessary to help manage the pain, imagine if he did not have medications to help deal with the pain.

My pain

I screamed and cried into my pillow as if I was dying. I think that I was around the age of eleven when I started to cry in my pillow, it became my good friend and a way to release the pain. I realized how sad and disconnected from my life I was. What was this pain I was going through? My body was changing and I began to think about who I was and what my purpose on this earth was. Does everyone feel this way or did some people know who they were at that age…

I knew a few of my friends were experiencing the same issues as I was, and I do remember them struggling. Did they know what they were going through? I tried to talk to one of my parents about my life and how I was feeling. They couldn’t explain or connect on my level; it was difficult for them to understand my pain. It was as if they had disassociated that part of their life, due to them experiencing the same thing. My parents looked the other way; they basically said, “I don’t know what to tell you”. I know that this was a time I needed my parents the most. It was a very discouraging time.

” Lo, sons are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward
” (Psalm 127:3)

When I was eleven, a friend’s mom told me that I should be wearing a bra. I thought to myself, why didn’t I know this? By the time summer started, I had started my period, and again I was clueless as to what it was happening. Imagine this child that was clueless about bras, periods, and the feelings and emotions of who I was and what my purpose was. Everything was spinning around in my heart and mind. There was no outlet, no comfort and no answers. So I SCREAMED in my pillow. There were many times I cried in front of people, but I wouldn’t let my tears be seen. I would cry silently, as if no one could hear me. All of these painful memories and feelings got shoved aside and I began to disassociate from them. I began to live in the pain but cover it up with events and create some type of happiness.

The pain is real

After I started to follow Jesus, I began to deal with the childhood pain. It seemed as though I was experiencing the same type of pain as my friend’s motorcycle crash recovery. My body hurt as if I had rolled down a hill tumbling fast and crashing into a ditch, every bone hurt as if it was bruised. I was emotional and everything was dismal. I cried about everything. This time instead of screaming in my pillow, I cried out to God. As I began to heal the Holy Spirit guided me through the painful memories and feelings I had shoved away. I finally began to deal with the issues of “who am I” and “what is my purpose on this earth”. I forgave my parents for not being able to be the parents they should have been. I had compassion for them because I realized they grew up in an abusive environment and in turn raised me the same way.

The development stages of life for a child are important and as parents we are to guide a child along the way with biblical examples and teach them how to deal with feelings and emotions that come up during their life. Raising children this way is a job that God has given us. However, for me and for many others it was not that way. I have learned through many years of counseling and getting to know Jesus that the things that happened to us as children were for a reason. I believe it is for us to help others going through similar trials. Though, I am not to do it for them, instead give them tools, God’s tools, His word.

And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise “. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7) (emphasis mine)

My job is to work out my salvation, work out those hurts, work out the “who am I” and “my purpose in this life”. What Jesus did on the cross has led us to now. This is what he means by picking up our cross and following Him daily, hourly, every minute of the day… As I have heard many times Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.

Do you remember going through the ” who am I’ or “what is my purpose” as a child ? Did your parents help you through it or did you shove it away like many have? Is it now starting to affect your life as an adult?

“he reveals deep and mysterious things; he knows what is in the darkness,
and the light dwells with him”
(Daniel 2:22)

Rightly Healed By The Holy Spirit

THE SMELL ALMOST MADE ME PUKE!

While walking through Walmart a couple of weeks ago, I stopped in the middle of the aisle; because I suddenly smelled something awful. Out of nowhere, an unpleasant odor seeped into me. I grabbed my shopping cart and stooped over because my stomach was in knots and an upset feeling. The sickening smell was alcohol breath, cigarette stench and the rancid smell of a long day’s work. It felt as if I was being yanked back into my room as a teenager and was re-living those dreadful nightmares all over again. The smell was real and it was disgusting. These were tissue memories I thought I had dealt with but still remained.

This smell triggered a tissue memory, and it was very real. When I got home, I began to seek counsel from the Holy Spirit on what caused the memory to come up with that awful smell. It brought back memories back as a young teen. I had a family member that had molested me for a long time; the putrid odor had come upon in Walmart was a reminder of their smell. This young part of me was still residing in my spirit, to-day, with a painful memory that needed healing from the Holy Spirit.

I remember a friend telling me that they would rather go to a psychiatrist to get counseling instead of going to God, because, according to them, the psychiatrist is real and could see and touch them, but God couldn’t. To this day this friend is still re-living the same abusive past lifestyle over and over and our conversations are the same as when we first met. However, now, this person is angrier than ever.

You can seek a psychiatrist for help, what these doctors can’t do is heal you. They may label you with a symptom, put you on medication, suggest a lifestyle change, and some may try to convince you things didn’t happen despite the fact they really did. In fact, they might try to tell you to forget about your past. One of my family members that is/was in the care of a psychiatrist told their doctor something that happened to me (of all things) and the doctor re-wrote the story and now this family member believes this is what really happened to me. Um excuse me?

See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8)

Healing is a process; it takes days, months and yes, it can take years to heal. Also, there are levels of healing and it depends on what type of childhood trauma one had. However, some may think they had a pretty good childhood, but can only remember their life up the age of ten (figuratively speaking). The ten years before seemed to have been a blur. I can speak for myself, something I can surely attest to. I could not remember second and third grade, so approximately seven to about nine years old. It has taken me a lot years working with the Holy Spirit and a Christian counselor to get answers as to why I couldn’t remember that time of my life, also, me being patient because God’s timing is way different than ours. (2 Peter 3:8-9) (Psalms 51:6-7)

Crushed in Spirit is great book to read about the wounded spirit.

Be patient and be encouraged!

What is in it for Me?

Don’t preach that Jesus stuff to me!

While in my early twenties I had a job working nights at a restaurant in California. There was a husband and wife that would come in often, and it so happened that I was their server many times. They always tipped me well when they came in to eat and on one particular occasion the husband passed me a card that read; follow Jesus…

The last time I ever saw them they told me that there was something different about me and that they had been praying for me for quite some time. However, at that point in my life, while ignoring what they had said; I thought to myself – What’s in it for me? I have a lot of living to do, places to go and people to meet. Don’t preach that Jesus stuff to me ! Little did I know that within a couple of weeks, I would be crying out to Him to save me.

Back then, I was working two jobs and enjoying my life as a single woman. I made pretty decent money and had an apartment with one roommate. However, underneath all of that, I was an alcoholic and was covering up my painful history. On the outside I looked happy and content, inside I was living a lie and miserable. I kept myself busy so I wouldn’t think about any of my past. I Know it was my faith that had led me to cry out to Jesus. That very moment Jesus knew I would call out to Him. I woke up trembling and I started crying out, save me Jesus or I will die.(Psalm 18)

Let us pray for the people who are in anguish right now, the ones we know and the ones we don’t, just as those folks had prayed for me. Knowing what I could not see, and them having compassion for me, it was evident they had seen the suffering that was in my heart and prayed (They had Discernment).

God may be a faint light in a person’s life right now, but if we are willing to pray the Will of God for the release of Satan’s strong hold, imagine what those prayers could do. What’s in it for me? Eternal Life – I was “those people” that someone had prayed for. While growing up, there were many people who prayed for me. There was another couple that prayed for me that lived in my neighborhood, I don’t remember them, when they asked. Though back in 1993 when I saw them, they told me the same thing, there was something different about me. I thank God for those that took the time to pray for me.

Warnings and Exhortations

But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; they said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who set up divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And convince some, who doubt; save some, by snatching them out of the fire; on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh
(Jude 17-23) .