August 7, 2014

The Opposite Of Love Is Not Hate...


We cannot really state that the opposite of love is hate.  It would be accurate to say it is the most extreme opposing emotion toward love.  I am sure you have heard it said, you cannot hate someone you do not care about.  This is because you must feel something good or bad.  So what would be the opposite of a loving emotion?

If you did not read the segment from the 5th, referencing the movie "Face/Off,  click here before continuing.  All these pieces will complete our full view on wisdom and discernment (at some point, anyway). 

To help us think this through, we will be looking at a snippet on indifference, written by  Leslie Vernick :a biblical author and counselor whom I really appreciate.
The opposite of Love isn't hate; it is indifference.  Indifference says I don't care enough about you to give you my time, my energy, or other resources to show interest, care or love toward you.  Indifference says how you feel or what you want doesn't matter to me.  Indifference says you are not a person to love, but an object to use.  Indifference says I don't need to change anything to make our relationship better for you if it's okay for me.  Indifference says you exist for my benefit and when you don't please me or benefit me anymore, you are replaceable or disposable.  
Leslie goes on to correlate what is, in her opinion,one of the most horrific abusive marital indifference stories in the bible: 
A Levite and his concubine wife were traveling home when they stopped in the town of Gibeah for the evening.  Expecting the typical Jewish hospitality, they waited in the open square of the city, hoping someone would invite them to spend the night in his or her home.  As evening descended, an old man spotted the couple and graciously took them in.  While the two men were enjoying getting aquatinted, vile men of the city surrounded the home, beat on the door, and demanded the old man bring his quest outside so they might ravish him.  
The old man pleaded, "No, my friends, don't be so vile.  Since this man is my guest, don't do this disgraceful thing". (Judges 19:23) What he said next shocks us to our core.  He said, "Look, here is my virgin daughter, and his concubine.  I will bring them out to you now, and you can use them and do to them whatever you wish.  But to this man, don't do such a disgraceful thing." (verse 24)
The men of the town refused to listen to the old man, so the Levite grabbed his concubine wife and shoved her out the door.  All night long the men of the town raped her, taking turns until dawn.  Broken and bleeding, she stumbled back to the doorstep where her husband slept and there she collapsed.  
The Scriptures say that when her husband opened the door to leave, there lay his concubine with her hands on the threshold.  He coldly said, "Get up; let's go" (verse 28) But there was no answer.  He tossed her lifeless body on his donkey and took her home.  Later on, he cut her up into twelve pieces and sent on piece to each of the twelve tribes of Israel, portraying himself (not his poor wife) as the victim of a horrible injustice.
To sum up Leslie Vernick closing statements:
The husbands focus was to gain his own security.  While the traumatic event she experienced that night was dreadful Leslie wonders if this womans greater suffering wasn't her own husbands indifference toward her.
Obviously, this man looked differently face to face, on the outside, than what was real in the depths of his heart and mind.  What if God stripped off our faces and replaced them with what we really are on the inside??
Isn't that a terrible, horrible, hideously frightening thought.  Take a few days and read back through the past information.  Allow God to search your heart and test your mind.  God willing, we will all have another day to allow a little more of His character to mend our fatally torn identities.

In Christ,
Kisses,
Candace


Book Quoted: by Leslie Vernick _The Emotionally Destructive Marriage

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August 5, 2014

What Did You Hope To Gain From That?

I am not an advocate of guns, but the scene from Face Off really does help tie together some of our topic pieces.  We are continuing to study discerning what is in our midst, as God expects us to do:

 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1


As a boundary for this, we are leaning on these verses from our studies: 

Jeremiah 17:9, 10 The heart is deceitful above all else and desperately sick, who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and test the mind to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds."  

As we have discussed many times: everything we exert any emotion, time, energies toward, we are attempting to gain something.  What we do not always do is take pause to get a heart beat....a pulse..on what our hope is...what we hope to gain.

The problem is, if we are disguising our intent we become like that character; it makes for a stronger cover.  This is why God must search our hearts and test our minds.  He must expose things so that we have an opportunity to come to our senses.  At first, He will sit us down for a private screening, just between Him and us. When we continue for too long, we can be certain that in time there will a very public exposure.  

The longer we refuse Him, the deeper the Holy Spirit grieves within us; remember He lives within us and never leaves, even when we ignore His presence. The more the spirit grieves, the more grief we become burdened with. Satan takes this opportunity to fuel our fear and we become tormented by things which are not real.  If we believe the words of Christ, His peace will bring us back to our senses.  This is what Christ meant when He said not to fear because He had over come the world.  

John explained to us in 1 John, when He said we are not of the world, we are of Christ - He (Christ) is our confidence.  It is not that we love God so much, or believe perfectly: it is because He loved us before we ever had opportunity to reject Him and He sent Christ on ahead to be the only appropriate sacrifice for our rejection: 

 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because as He is, so also are we in this world.  There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.  

We fear because we do not want to be exposed for what we really intend to gain.  It is our intent to be victorious,  ergo we strive.....and seek out ways to get it.  Overtime, it just becomes habit and those habits become dark layers, veils, curtaining off His glorious light shining our way.  These are not new things we are discussing; but a continuation and a preface to what we will be studying.  I will let Paul close out and set up where we are going: 

Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling  you these things? and you know what restrains him now....so that in his time...he may be revealed.  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so till he is taken out of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed......whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is ...the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan..with all power and signs and false wonders and the deceptions of wickedness for those who perish.....because they did not receive the love of the truth....so as to be saved.
And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, (who are those, the ones) that took pleasure in what God disapproves of.  

So what do we do, since we live around a bunch of delusionionalists? Most of the people close to us should have heard the truth if we are serving well.  We are warned about chasing after a rebellious person and how they will turn to ravage us when we get in their path.  But do not fear....if it be God's will to keep me here we will surely continue on :)

Because He love us!
Kisses,
Candace



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August 1, 2014

When It is Worse Than Expected

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As I was studying the letter Paul wrote to the followers in Corinth, 2 Corinthians, one verse specifically begged me to slow down and explore its depths:

You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections ~ 2 Corinthians 6:12



Paul was speaking from his heart to people he cared a great deal about.  He was appealing to their renewed conscience, asking them to pause and really think beyond what they felt.  Just as Christ did when he said, "if you have ear, hear".

Recently we studied situations where God told His children to stop focusing on the threats, as if they were really going to happen.  He did not say to be passive either. When I first studied this, immediately a movie scene popped to mind. Many of you may not have been old enough to remember the movie "When a Stranger Calls".  It was one of the last psychological thrillers I watched on the big screen.

In my mind was the scene where Carol Kane was receiving a call from Sargent Quinn revealing that they were able to trace the location of the person threatening her was enough to make me question if I ever wanted to even answer a phone when I was alone again.  What made it so terrifying was the fact that when it was traced they found out the call was not coming from outside her locked doors, but from within the very house she was in.  Paul was stating: the threat is not outside, here where I am, it is inside, with you....inside you.

God said we are "His House" and He abides in us.  We are not alone in our house, but God is not the enemy.  His heart is opened wide to us and He implores us to realize exactly what Paul was stating. For us to  be able to fully understand the content, I felt it behooving to study the original Greek words translated into English.  The word restrained was translated from stenochoreo, meaning: to hem in closely - cramp, distress.  And splagehnon was translated to affections; which is defined as: an intestine, bowel, inward affection, pity or sympathy.

I began this study back in April, and today as I was reading my notes, it was not the movie scene which popped to mind:  While on vacation I had a stomach bug which was excruciating, no doubt the experience must still be fresh in my mind.  Immediately upon reviewing this I vividly imagined a severe intestinal virus.  It is something inside of us, even though it came from our environment; then it wreaks havoc on our whole body - hopefully not on those near us.

I believe this is a large enough bit for one day - think and pray about this.  We will move on soon enough.

Have a wonderful weekend; my prayers are that we each realize: in Christ we have a new mind and are able to be transformed now.  Please pray for understanding and the ability to change the way you act to align with  the Holy Spirit indwelling you.  Or to have the Spirit of God come in and make a home with you.

I pray this for all who believe and trust in the Lord,
Kisses,
Candace


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July 18, 2014

Really....And You Are Going To Do It Anyway?

Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. 1Peter 4:4

The bible tells us some things are mysteries.  It promises to those who are saved all mysteries are revealed.  God promises that if we lack wisdom, to ask for discernment and we will understand.  We like to believe these are statements for all people, yet the truth is God does not want all people to know everything: people who will use wisdom to hurt others, who betray others and deal treacherously or act out in deceit. Through this He is demonstrating patience and giving them a chance to turn back.

We also believe everyone who hears the same words we hear, perceive what's righteous.  We believe the holy spirit of God will be working within all of our lives to produce His nature.  However, those thoughts are silly and immature, not wise at all.  God tells us to always discern the spirits, watch for real things which allude to invisible, intangible truths.  God tells us to watch for natural signs not illusions, delusions, trickery or fancy talk.  He said to realize that what is around us will seek to persuade us. If it cannot get us willingly to go along it will provoke in other ways.

In Matthew chapter 13 the disciples asked Jesus why he said to the listeners "If you have ears, listen!" when what He was saying was not real clear. Jesus explained that if people understood they would be given more and more is not to be given to those who are not seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.  It is a safety feature.  Christ was not mocking people, He was charging them to seek wisdom, not piece together their own knowledge.  The answer is not real obvious....when you cannot see beyond the nose on your own face. It takes an eternal perspective, because if all we can see is what is ending then we have no vision at all of eternity: meaning we are desperately sick and need healing.

We all have liked what is bad for us in some way or another.  We all have been bitten by deaths bitter sting and called it sweet.  Peter wrote that we did these things in ignorance, but now we must see the world in it true light.  We must keep our sight on what is happening, what we are now gaining; not on what has been lost.  Christ gave up perfection to be slathered and burdened with our shamefulness.  But he did not regret it because he understood eternal life.

Christ saw others reviling and taking great pleasure; doing every shameful things known to man. He watched people gain riches, rise to power and even fame.  He counted them as pitiful, broke and in need of a saviour. In peace and God's name, Jesus spoke to truth to every person, but some He called out their names.  He made claim that He lost not one of His and knows our name.

Some of us are living and some are dying; though we all appear to be human, it is our spirit which alters everything.  God created everything: the heavens, earth, eternal glory and hell.  He created us to be like Him and He allowed the devil to have his own domain as well.  Why does it appear at times that evil is not being held back, though God promises He is aware and will not turn back from His purpose? Why God makes these plans and alignments, I cannot say for sure, yet I know it to be true.

Christ said evil ends in the fire of His fury, being kindled through the vengeance of His jealousy for His beloved. He promises to the saved we will be rescued but to the ones headed into captivity they will go.  Jesus will not fight, shout, crush the weak or snuff out even the smallest of hopes.  Yet through the strength of God's loving kindness, he will end all conflict with his final victory and His name shall be the hope on every ones lips.

O please ask if you do not hear, ask to be saved and He will save you; ask to be healed and He will gladly heal.  Seek Him in all of His glory...right now, before this day passes too.

Review:


  •  As obedient children do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behaviour; because it is written "You shall be Holy for I am Holy."I Peter 1:14, 15, 16


  • And corresponding to that baptism now saves you - not the removal of dirt from the flesh but an appeal to God for a good conscience- through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.I Peter 3: 21, 22 


  •  Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men....but for the will of God.1 Peter 4:1
For His Glory Alone ~ Kisses,
Candace

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July 10, 2014

God Does Say "That's Enough, NO MORE!"

Jeremiah 15: 6 "You who have forsaken Me", declares the Lord, "You keep going backward so I will stretch out My hand against you and destroy you: I am tired of relenting!".

There are many details of this study which have been purposefully not mentioned, here. We will be exploring those when we get to the conclusion of the broad topics.  We all know, the direction each could roll out are unending in wisdom.  We only have a few more spaces to cover, prior to excavating in one spot ;) 

Our main focus has been on finding God's intent or purpose, rather than assuming our limited knowledge is all that wise and being mislead. He promised that we could and WOULD understand this.  He also promises if we search for Him with all of our heart, mind and soul we will find Him.  Which makes sense, because if we could not find Him and His Kingdom then we would have no hope of following this verse in Matthew 6:33, 34: But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

We have been looking at the grumblings of God's children, His mercy, grace, provision and protection; ultimately His faithfulness even when we are not faithful back.  We are so very 'me' sighted.  We believe that we are not supposed to be made to do without.  Most of the time God wants us to move away from things which He is attempting to sweep out of reach, but we find a bizarre sense of comfort in the things which are enemies to peace with God and His Kingdom, at times.  We paint pretty pictures to veil what we know is real and listen to the voices of others to help us mask the truth.  

I cannot find very many of God's leaders or followers who were not told to leave things of self importance.  God does this for several reasons: He needs to protect things and we need to be able to get away from what is stopping our maturation in Him.  The Israelites grumbled when they did not have creature comforts, even though they were safe.  Did rich food, alcohol and the thought of waking up to the hand of a miserable taskmaster another day really equate to better than this? 

God promised good things and a bright future with Him.  He promises us the same thing.  He also assures us that we will see good things here in this life if we will trust Him:  Yes, Jesus replied, and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.  We cannot help ourselves it seems, we are so ruled by what we crave, how others perceive us, being one of the normal or successful ones, and entitlement that we just go with the popular mindsets.  God warns us that it's enough with focusing on the life of our soul and all that dazzles us into the hands of a miserable taskmaster.  For instance, 1 Timothy 4:8 Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and the life to come."

All through out our lives we have choices to make as a follower of Christ and Child of God.  Do I listen to truth, or do I follow my gut. Look at the following verses where God says to us:


  • The heart is more deceitful than all else. And is desperately sick; who can understand it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the result of his deeds. Jeremiah 17: 9,10 
  •  They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the Lord Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the Lord Almighty was very angry. Zechariah 7:12 
Whether we are willing to be honest with anyone else, we should fear God and be honest with Him.  He has clearly told us what is to come and that we can be saved both in this life and in the life to come.  He has stressed that this life will be difficult but not to fear. We will be taking one last step in this prior to breaking off chunks for deeper study.  I will close out with:

The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart; in the last days you will clearly understand it.  Jeremiah 23: 20, 21 



Are you willing....He has done everything else? WILL you lay down your hardness, your ungodliness, your greed, your resentment and many other "little" things (in the sight of an unholy world) and simply go the "right way"?  Mind you, it will be very abnormal to others but it is the normal way we were created to go!.

Think about it, His beloved child, in Christ,
Kisses,
Candace


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July 1, 2014

Her Life Can Save Another Child

Stepparent Abuse?  (link to Dr. Phil Episode on child abuse)   This is a very tragic situation.  Lauren lost her daughter Lily due to abuse at the hand of her ex-husbands wife.  Most of us cannot wrap our minds around someone treating another human being like; much less a to a helpless toddler in the hands of a caregiver.



Although this is disturbing to watch, if you or someone you care about deals with DV in anyway please click the link, in blue above, and watch.



I thank Dr. Phil for opening up his platform and allowing Lauren to share, and hopefully heal a bit more.



Candace

June 30, 2014

I Told You It Is Not Real

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Studying our key verses for this summer, and not hyper focusing on each person or community surrounding each, has been a challenge.  The reason it is challenging is as obvious as the nose on my face: we all have things which cause us to be shaken and react to those perceived things.  Which means that every topic when whittled down reveals one thing: we will fear; what we will fear is the question.

Isaiah 51:13 That you have forgotten the Lord your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth; That you fear continually all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, as he makes ready to destroy? But where is the fury of the oppressor?

As I was reading through Exodus, humbly, I pondered their demise.   With gratitude, I have searched for lessons we can graciously walk into without having to undergo the fears which snared His people.

A common thread for them and us is: which thought will we grab hold of, deciding to project it before us, and say "this is real and I will believe it"?  The picture I inserted is of a 3D image cleverly created by a sidewalk artist.  What is really there is a road, everything else is an illusion. You can surely see it, but it is simply an image and can do you no harm at all if you travel over or near it.

 God is like the road, He is there even though we cannot see Him.  He does not go away even when something has come between our sights, obstructing our view.  What would we do if we did not have the history of His truth, even though we had another human being telling us what God was saying, while encouraging us to continue to trust? Would we stop short, park to be safe, turn around or move forward in faith that the road WAS there, trusting we just could not see it at the moment?

We know, God did give them more than a man to see and follow; He gave them wondrous signs and surrounded them with visuals to experience.  And while a 3D artwork is spectacular it does not compare to their experience:

Exodus 13:21, 22 and the Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.  He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

I had to ask myself, " if God did not take away the cloud or the fire, then why, when the Pharaohs men drew near and the sons of Israel looked, did they behold the Egyptians marching after them and become frightened, crying out to God; instead of seeing them coming and beholding the Lord God, remembering His promises and what He had already done"?  When they cried out it was not to save them, it was to whine, murmur and blame Moses.  They screamed out Why.....Why....Why....and it would have been better for us to serve them than die here.  And there it was.....they were ready to go back and serve something that hated them, used them and disrespected them, with no remorse, than to move into God's provision within His way.

Moses, cried out "Do Not Fear!" Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord, promising they would never see them again, forever, because the Lord was going to fight for them while they kept silent.  But God responded to Moses saying "Why are YOU crying out to ME?  Tell the sons of Israel to go forward - and you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea, divide it and go! (paraphrase).

We act as though God cannot see through the clouds which He created, sends and removes.  We fear as though He does not care about the calamity going on in our midst.  We get moved by the unconscionable ways others treat us and react in reproachable ways to protect our self. All the while, we should see what is real:

And it came about at the morning watch, that the Lord looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion.  And He caused their chariot wheels to swerve, and He made them drive with difficulty; so the Egyptians said, let us flee from Israel, for the Lord is fighting for them against the Egyptians."

How is it, that sometimes, the true reality of Jehovah is more plain to our enemies, as plain as the nose on their face; yet to us He is more like abstract art which confuzzles our senses?

Think about it, pray about it....ask Him about it and please let's all try to stop whining about things that are not even real.  Let's attempt to focus on Christ and His word and less on the distorted chaos consuming our moments....for Goodness Sake.

I pray for His will to be done here on earth, today, even as it is being done in the His Kingdom.
Kisses,
Candace


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June 27, 2014

Just Turn Around, It's No Big Deal....Yet!


But I will camp around My house because of an army, because of him who passes by and returns; and no oppressor will pass over them anymore.....For now I have seen "with My eyes".  Zechariah 9:8

I took a pause from moving forward with our study, recently so that I could really study the old and new testament and take pause as I explore.  To recap, the verse below has been our focus:


The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart; in the last days you will clearly understand it.  Jeremiah 23: 20, 21 

God's truth is not vague; He tells us all have turned from His ways.  Even the disciples who were most intimate with Christ and literally walking with Him serving / witnessing fell away, just as Christ told them they would.  God himself is at the helm of all things, in control of all powers, and making allowances as He so chooses.  Obviously, having all the data of what is going on around us, then scrutinizing all movements and knowledge prior to moving, is not what should be our motive for security in going, is it?  When I read the words "For now I have seen with My eyes" my heart leaps and I feel safe.  My God knows everything and will show me the way if I will be willing to wait, listen and follow.  

I know if I pass Him by, it really is no big deal; He knows my limitations and where He is still working on correcting what I misunderstand.  Man....that really allows me to relax a bit.  "After all, He is the one who formed me, teaches me and guides me." And He will not turn back until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart.....and in the perfect time.....I will clearly understand it!"

Please take a moment to read Selah,  Seen With My Own Eyes, today and prepare for the next leg of our journey.(click on the blue underscored words to open the link or visit http://hischildbelieves.blogspot.com )

With Love, in Christ Jesus Himself,
Kisses,
Candace




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