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Faith Unleashed


Faith is a tricky thing. It actually grows when you don’t realize it.
The more time you spend with God, reading his word and praying faith seeps in and makes a home.

Coming from a no-faith place, I remember telling God I didn’t really understand it much less have any.

He quietly led my thinking to the simple everyday tasks or actions we take where faith is automatic or taken for granted like,

Sitting on a chair
Driving a car
Eating or drinking food or liquids believed to be healthy
Lying down on a bed

Faith is taking these natural acts and transferring it to God. In other words trusting God whoever made the chair we are sitting in isn’t going to collapse with us in it.

Certain areas of faith are harder to put to the test than others. It shouldn’t be but it is.

Why is it easier to believe God for that perfect job than healing?
Why do we trust him more for protection than providing our every need financially?

There is no difference. He promises all we need no matter what it is which covers everything from a new car battery to food on the table.
The more a person has tends to lead to self-sufficiency which removes the need for God. One thing for sure is if you find yourself in that league, be prepared. God keeps him promises; even the one that says, “God giveth and God taketh a way.”

Many in the Bible were graced with the label as “faithful.”
Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Esther, Job, David, Solomon, Samson, Daniel, Mary, John the Baptist.

Then there were those who had faith grow as the word was written about them or by them such as Paul, John and the other disciples. Mary Magdalene and the two sisters Mary and Martha who observed the raising of their brother from the dead. Watching a scene like that would make anyone’s faith explode!

The times we are living in are in need of Abraham’s, Moses’, David’s and Esther’s.

So where does God go to find such examples?now-faith-is-the-substance-of-things-hoped-for-the-evidence-of-things-not-seen-hebrews-11-1-kjv
How do we know anyone like them even exists?

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The Liberated Woman: Eve, Esther, Ruth etc. etc. etc. (Part 3)


The role models of women in the Bible are unshackled, resilient and persistent.  Their place in society was often met with adversarial issues but many rebuked them.female praying with bible

These chosen suffered greatly just as women do in modern society but rose to unknown heights due to God’s power in them.

The truth is we are not all Eve, Deborah, Mary or Mary Magdalene. However, that does not restrict us from becoming all God plans for us nor does it diminish our position.

In modern society Joyce Meyers is most likely the most well-known woman preacher in the world but she didn’t get there by living a “Pollyanna” life. No, her testimony reveals the first 25-30 years of her life were plagued by sexual and emotional abuse by her father while her mother did nothing. The anger, resentment, bitterness, pain and hurt was all she knew until she met Jesus.  I recommend listening to her testimony if you have never heard it, but get a box of Kleenex before you do.  If there is a current observation of God’s ability to change a person, she is it.

The “feminist” movement in the 60’s was a woman-made evil that led many of us to wrong thinking.  Few women have lived up to this hierarchy of royalty by becoming the CEO of major companies, star-studded actresses and political grandeur. Sadly, if you aren’t a part of this elite group, consider yourself a failure.

The question has always bothered me if for centuries women didn’t work outside of the home why now? Because the feminist deemed it so.

The lies started that women could have it all. Oh….the idea women have some great inexhaustible amount of physical energy to not only procreate but financially be a breadwinner.  Lot of good that does if you have a dead beat dad or ex-husband.  Get thrown into the lion’s den of single moms/dads and that theory can fly out the window.  Nonetheless, the married woman carry’s the weight of family reserve, doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc. etc. etc. and holding down a full-time job.  Oh, is being a wife and mother a full time job in itself? And if I am correct don’t children hang around home until at least the age of 18 +++++++?

Before some of you begin screaming I will get to the Proverbs 31 woman eventually. Hear me out first.

During my years as a single parent I almost killed myself. Trying to live up to this dilemma of super woman only left me with illness, depression and wondering why everyone around me expected more of me than I had to give. It left me empty, hopeless and fearful of failing.

I was so busy trying to do it all, I lost my identity.

I was so busy trying to survive the feminist agenda I began to hate it.

I was so busy fighting for anything to fill my emotional state of disrepair I didn’t know God didn’t expect half of what I was trying to accomplish.

Maybe some of you are saying, “I don’t think it is that hard.” Fine. Where were you those 12 years of me being a single parent? I could have used some help.

The truth is this is not Biblical. During that time I questioned God over and over not realizing the garbage being preached from platforms of “feminist junkies” didn’t apply to me. Actually it doesn’t apply to anyone. It is a fairy tale from hell.

If God created distinct differences between man and woman why are feminists trying to entice women to be men?  When did they decide women didn’t need anyone or anything? Who came up with the idea women are self-sufficient and invincible in their own right? (Romans 12:3)

“I am woman, hear me roar,
In numbers too big to ignore…Helen Reddy, May 1971

If women are declared to be self-sufficient according to the “feminist” it is a slap in God’s face.

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”

To be continued…

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The Liberated Woman: Eve, Esther, Ruth etc. etc. etc. (Part 2


The greatest liberator of women is Jesus.

Eve has many firsts.

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Woman
Wife
Mother
First and only woman born without sin
Dressmaker
First mother to a murderer
Eve appeared, she was not born
She was born a perfect and complete woman
Eve was never a child or a daughter
She was the first person ever tempted by Satan
The first sinner
Eve is called, “The Mother of all the Living”

Miriam was the older sister to the “Deliverer” Moses saving him from infant death

Sarah was the founding mother or matriarch of the Tribes of Israel

Rebecca was the wife of Isaac and the first woman to seek God directly for answers to her condition

Esther saved the Jewish nation

Deborah was a prophetess, a judge of wisdom and could be considered the first woman General.

Ruth was the great-grandmother of Israel’s great king, David

Mary, the mother of Jesus. Enough said.

Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute as some have written. She was healed by Jesus and the first person to witness the resurrection. She is called “Apostle to the Apostles” because Jesus told her to go tell the disciples he was alive.

Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist and Mary’s cousin.

The Samaritan Woman met Jesus at the well and had the longest recorded conversation with the Messiah.  So taken by his presence she became a true force of spreading the “living water” he told her about.

Wife of Pontius Pilate had a dream and told her husband to have nothing to do with this man named “Jesus.” Of course he didn’t listen and the rest is history.

The woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus garment and was healed. Against all strict law she was forbidden to be in public, much less touch anyone. Yet, Jesus called her “daughter.”

Jesus rescued the woman caught in adultery saving her from immediate death by stoning. He did not condemn her; he told her to “go and sin no more.”mary magdalene

There are other women of the Bible with legacies worth reading.

God is the author of freedom for women. Outspoken, strong and tested these women play a role to follow. They didn’t keep their mouths shut or sit at home eating Twinkies and knitting all day. NO…..they defied man made laws that oppressed them and took great risks for the sake of truth.

So…what did the role of Christianity do for women? And how should we apply it today? to be continued…..

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A Rock, A Robe and A Rope


People who surrounded Jesus before, during and after his death came from all facets of life.

Photo by Randy Harrison
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The roles played were important. Some having direct influence on his death, others played distant occupiers of the day. Then of course were his immediate family and closest friends.

As the Bible teaches us about each one, there are many questions. As time passes and as we grow, we become different characters just as some of these did.  God gave us the stories of each one to help us relate in our everyday sufferings and victories.

From John the Baptist, the forerunner to Christ, to Mary and Joseph who were his earthly parents.

Peter-The Backstabbing Rock

Mary Magdalene The Sinful Saint

Judas Iscariot-Officer of Betrayal

Pontius Pilate-Author of the Crucifixion

Roman Soldiers-Casting Lots

The Two Thieves-The Least of the Least

The Tomb Guards-The Binding Liars

Joseph of Arimathea-The Sanhedrin Disciple

Thomas-The Doubtful Believer

The Disciples-The Transformed Twelve

Peter wept bitterly after the 3rd rooster crowed.

Mary Magdalene became a “celebrated disciple” and the first to see Jesus after he arose.

We all know what happened to Judas Iscariot.

Pontius Pilate washed his hands of his blood.

The Roman soldiers wanted his robe.

The two thieves were considered useless in society.

The Tomb guards witnessed one of the greatest miracles recorded and yet denied it to save themselves from death.

Joseph of Arimathea was an honorable counselor who disagreed with the crucifixion of Jesus.

Thomas simply didn’t believe the whole Jesus theory.

The Disciples were ordinary men who God used to become extraordinary.

How did those who didn’t believe react later if and when they discovered the truth of what they had done?

How did they live with themselves?

Did they wake up and look in the proverbial mirror every morning and go about their lives as normal?

Or were they stricken with grief over their sin and iniquities so much so their lives were beaten down with guilt?

Were they chosen by God to play those evil roles of sending the Savior of the world to his death?

To be truthful I see myself in most of their characters. Unfortunately I am Peter who denied him; Thomas who doubted him and Mary Magdalene who was filled with evil.

I see myself questioning his guilt or innocence as Pontius Pilate did.

Maybe I wasn’t like the Roman soldiers who wanted his robe; but maybe I would have. After all, in a way Jesus had become a celebrity.

I can see myself in Joseph of Arimethea who had compassion and wanted to give him a burial tomb especially since I didn’t try to stop his crucifixion in the first place.

But more than any I see myself as Judas.

Years ago I would have sold Jesus out for a few coins. I would have crept behind the ideals he taught and gone behind his back with a desire to bring him down.

I would have buried my conscience to deny his truth to save my reputation from being linked with one who declared himself the Son of God.

The story is too unbelievable; too reckless in the sense of guarding one’s honor and prominence.

The story is too bizarre for one who never heard it before to grasp it outright.

Jesus’ life, death and resurrection cannot be mirrored by any movie or tale of mystery.

Yet, it is what it is.

A truth to behold; a fact of history and a relationship given to mankind in a scene of horror that leads to love.

Unraveling the characters that may have been born to play these memorable parts is a definition of who we are. They were people like us only marked for their transgressions for the whole world to see.

We may never know how Judas Iscariot may have lived his life had he not taken it.

I took my end of my rope to the cross and left it there.

As far as I know it is still lying on the ground beneath the feet of Jesus.

And that is where it belongs.

Photo by Randy Harrison
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http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/faith-2/

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