TEMPTATION – THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL

This post comes from the gospel of Mark 1:12-15  because this is what Jesus went through leading up to Easter- the temptation in the desert. I have called this the ultimate betrayal because that’s what satan does with his empty promises. He betrays you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Temptation comes to all of us and there is a very appealing side or instant gratification to it, otherwise we wouldn’t be tempted. But have you ever stopped to think of the consequences of temptation?

Desires……  we all have them and they come to us often and sometimes instantly. Have you ever heard that soft voice that only you can hear?? It’s often those split second decisions that can make or break us. But are these desires a right when they’re going to break God’s laws and affect you and other people in a negative way??????????? I don’t think so!

You may think, oh well nobody will find out!!! But God knows and eventually the darkness will come into the light!

Desires aren’t all bad. You know the desires are for good when they are in keeping with Jesus’ teachings, when they’re aligned with God’s will, when they bring glory to God.

If you’re not sure, then ask God to show you what is right and wrong in a way that you understand. Keep in mind that if there is unforgiveness, unrepentance and lack of faith, they become blockages to hearing that soft voice from God.

Repentance, forgiveness and prayer can align you with God’s will.

 Jesus went into the desert for 40 days, He was tempted by satan, He was hungry, He was thirsty, He was lonely as He had nothing and the temptation was strong, so strong that Jesus was weakened by it, weakened by the Satan’s attack on Him. But Jesus knew of Satan’s empty promises, He fought the temptation.

Imagine if Jesus had given into temptation???? Jesus’ integrity and credibility would have been compromised. There would have been no death on the cross,  no resurrection and no new life for us for our eternal destination.

Jesus fully human and fully divine lead by example and chose to stand up for the truth. Jesus was comforted by angels after satan left Him.

The sad thing is that satan has many people believing that he doesn’t even exist. If you are one of those, you are deluding yourself. We live in a physical world and a spiritual world where satan is at war with God, there is a spiritual battle going on at all times, day and night. Stay awake and be alert!

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The same goes for us, satan is the master of deception, he’s in the business of ruining souls, destroying families especially the mothers because of their child rearing abilities and attacking the Fathers – the bread winners and caretakers of the family.

The more you give into temptation the stronger the hold Satan has over you. It leads to more temptation and to repeat the negative action.

These negative actions can become a problem or an addiction. How many criminals become repeat offenders? Drug addicts who keep on taking drugs even though they know it will destroy them?  Alcohol abusers who drink and drive? Compulsive liars who keep on lying to cover their tracks and then forget what they have said prior, bullies who keep on offending, adulterers who betray their spouses and families etc., etc., etc., how long is a piece of string???????????????????????

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Life is a challenge! Life is a test! God does not force Himself upon us. His ways are gentle, God is the perfect gentleman. We plan for a new car, a new house, to travel, where to go on the weekend, what movie to watch, etc. Why not have a plan for eternity?

Avoid temptation at all cost, but when you give in to it repent and make amends immediately.

The Öur Father- the prayer that Jesus prayed in the garden at Gethsemane is a prayer that does have everything:-repentance, forgiveness and protection. If you pray the prayers below daily, they will help keep temptation away, because Satan hates prayer and worship to God.

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Ash Wednesday 14th February_ Jesus a homage

A HOMAGE TO OUR SAVIOUR AND OUR HOPE 

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How can I add more prayer or service to my life this Lent, as part of my trip to the desert with Jesus?

Take this season as a chance for genuine repentance.

Let us remember Jesus who went into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights and fasted, prayed and fought satan so that we may have entry into His Kingdom.

Jesus with a human and a divine nature, who sacrificed, suffered and died for man’s indiscretions, who paid the ransom for all our lives so that we may have eternal life.

The one who is Lord and God, teacher, lawgiver, healer, miracle worker, restorer and our only hope.

Try one, two or some of these ideas as you enter this lenten season. 

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WE NEED WARRIORS FOR CHRIST IN THIS FALLEN WORLD_Jim Caviezel thinks so

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If you don’t know that we are living in  a spiritual battle, then you’re kidding yourself! The enemy- Satan,  is having a field day fooling  people, making them believe that he doesn’t exist. Make no mistake about it, he is alive awaiting to ruin the souls of those who are weak, have little or no faith and who don’t live a godly life. “We are a culture in decline, our whole world is entrenched in sin! “ says Jim Caviezel.

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Matthew 3:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”[a

The world as I see it now, is changing at an alarming rate. Society is moving towards a fluid gender, redefining marriage, euthanasia, abortion, lack of freedom of speech, fake media, secularism, drugs, depression and anxiety, crime etc. I know by talking to people and from observation, that we are entrenched in sin!!! The world still needs to be saved.

Here’s the catch!!! When Jesus comes again, it will be His final. There is no salvation beyond death. We all need to wake up and go back, back to the truth, because it’s only the truth through Jesus Christ, that will set us free.

Thank God for Mel Gibson who directed his first religious movie with the “PASSION OF THE CHRIST”and who is now in his final stage of completing the sequel- “THE RESURRECTION.” His first movie “THE PASSION” became the most popular independent movie ever made.

Mel Gibson took a real gamble with the first one, he wasn’t in it for the money because he stood to lose everything,  but for his passion for Christ. The same could be said  for the main actor- Jim Caviezel who plays the role of Christ. If you listen to his testimony, you will hear that he had  a calling , he even has the same initials JC.   Mel Gibson told him in a phone conversation that he may never work in Hollywood again after making the movie, but again for his passion for Christ,  Jim Caviezel went ahead with it. Just listen to his testimonies below!!!!! All I can say is what followers of Christ both of these men are.

Jim sacrificed his health to complete the two movies and not because he had to, but because he wanted to. How many people can boast that they are true followers of Christ and have taken up their crosses willingly for Christ?

You may think that the health issues Jim had to endure during the movies were collateral damage. Not quite! When the enemy knows you are about to change, convert, build, evangelise for the Kingdom of God, be sure that the enemy is going to try and derail, disturb, destroy, mame, kill etc…. however he can, for whatever  will raise and build up the kingdom of God. But Jesus conquered death and ransomed his life for ours. There is power in the name of Jesus Christ. But you have to want it, pray it, live it.

The movie is in its third year of production and it should be coming out this year I would think, during this Easter season which ends with the feast of the Ascension- the fortieth day after Easter Sunday, commemorating the Ascension of Christ into heaven,  according to Mark 16:19Luke 24:51, and Acts 1:2. As it is written in “The Apostles Creed,” Jesus descended into hell, (imagine the battle scenes there) to collect his faithfuls from the Old Testament because prior to Jesus’death and resurrection no-one could enter heaven. Jesus ransomed Himself so that we may have new life with Him.  Hence death and new life comes through Jesus Christ only.

Below are some excerpts, testimonies and interviews so that you can judge for yourself.

Then, if you want to be a follower and not just a fan of Christ, stand up for the truth, be a warrior for Christ, make your life a little uncomfortable,  pray, fast, worship the God who died to know you_ JESUS THE CHRIST!! The alpha and the omega.

Never, Never, Never, give up! Just smile!

 

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YOUR LIFE IS WORTH LIVING, YOU COME FROM THE MOST HIGH GOD.            The God who loves you unconditionally, others might not get you, not understand you but God does, He has given us His Son Jesus who rules this world, ready to come to your aid in prayer.

Never, Never, Never, give up!!!!!

Just know that you carry Adam and Eve’s original sin, we all do, and with that we carry burdens, so we are flawed from the start and it’s through baptism that we come into God’s family. There is nothing that is so bad that God and His Son Jesus Christ won’t understand. There is absolutely nothing you have to do to earn their love and favour, except submission to Jesus in prayer.

We all go through the bell curve in life, the ups and downs, no-one is immune to this. Sure! It gets to us, but then we pick ourselves up and keep going.

Knock! Find! Ask! There will always be someone there to assist you. To answer your call, to answer your cry. YES!!!!! An irrevocable YES!!! Why??? Because God does not go back on His promises. Jesus does exactly what is in the WORD.

I’m not saying that Jesus is going to come down from heaven and fall in your lap. No! Not that!!!! Jesus will meet you where you’re at, through other people or through his angels. He is the omnipotent, the redeemer, the healer, the saviour. How can you lose??

This life is passing and we’re not really meant for this world, this is just a short interlude compared to eternity. So why give up????? For every problem there is an answer.  For every problem there is a solution. JUST SMILE!!!! You are worthy of your inheritance in heaven.

Sure have a cry but never, never, never give up. I know that life can be painful but the greatest pain is with God and your family and friends left behind. I say God, because He sheds tears, He feels your pain,  when His children lose their way and think that He wouldn’t come to our aid, He agonises with that, because He is our Father, our true Father even when others here on earth hurt us, we can allow God to be our perfect Father or Mother. Family and friends will go on blaming themselves for the rest of their lives, it ends up being a slow, painful and guilt ridden life for them.

Please say this prayer in the meantime and see a christian psychologist, pastor, priest or counselor.

Prayer Against Suicide

I leave you with one of my favourite songs called “SMILE, “courtesy of Youtube, Chris Botti and Steve Tyler. written by Charlie Chaplin.

REMEMBER YOU ARE  A CHILD OF THE MOST HIGH GOD.

 

Free to choose???? Every action has a reaction!

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No, I’m not prophesying the end of the world, but be aware that every action you take is accounted for.  All good works aligned with biblical teaching are planting seeds that will blossom in the life to come. Not half truths though, in God’s realm there is no grey area, you’re either for Him or against Him.

You make a mistake, take a wrong turn, make bad choices?????  No problem!!!!! Nothing you could ever do would make God turn away from you. Like a father who wants the best for his child, God’s love is unconditional.

Pick yourself up and keep trying. God knows what’s in your heart.
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Do not lose focus on eternal salvation. To God through Jesus, is the only way. God has raised His Son Jesus above all other names.

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MEN_________ STAND UP AND BE COUNTED!!!!!!!

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I’m not a feminist because I don’t believe I was put on this earth to outsmart or outdo men or vice versa. Men are smart, women are smart, it’s no contest. It’s just that God put men and women together differently, biologically and emotionally. He wanted to build societies that would flourish and prosper with both men and women working to their God given potential.

God has made men differently to women,  He meant for both men and women to live side by side each embracing the other’s unique gifts and talents to better themselves, their children and society. We all know that strong individuals make strong families, strong families make strong communities, strong communities make strong societies.

I believe that God had a plan, a plan that would  have our lives all mapped out for us, a life that would bring glory to Him, peace, joy and prosperity to mankind, if we cared to follow that plan.

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But we haven’t!!!!! Ask the person beside you if they know the ten commandments?  Sure, they might be able to recite one or two ( keeping in mind that today’s basic common law has come out of the bible) but I doubt very much whether they would know the rest.

I don’t believe we have strong societies today. Crimes up, suicide up, human slavery up, poverty up, broken families up, drug abuse up, depression and mental problems up, not respecting authority up etc… I wouldn’t  say this reflects strong, happy and prosperous societies ?????????? WHY????? Because people are confused as to what their unique roles are, what the boundaries are, what their confines are then we are emotionally and physically spoiling our children and then poisoning their minds with radical, gender ideologies and theories and the waters get muddier by the day.

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Now, I’m not attempting to profess that life is easy. No!!! Life is not easy,  but it sure is easier when you stay within your confines. Now I have worked as a professional for over thirty seven years and I have had a great professional career in teaching. I have had to liaise with many different students, people, groups,  committees, organisations, each knowing their roles within them and sharing a common set of beliefs. This was all for the prosperity of its people and staff.  I’m proud to say that I knew my confines, I spoke up when it was appropriate and allowed democracy to lead the way. All this making it easier to function and  continue to work there on a daily basis. I am proud to say that I have just retired from my job, leaving it all behind with a sense of achievement and respect from my contemporaries.

This hasn’t come automatically, I have had to work at it everyday and maintain a positive outlook and live my professional life within my confines. I have had to live through many reviews, follow rules, policies, amendments, adjustments, improvements, etc…….. I know that I had to respect authority, my leaders, my contemporaries and the community I served.  I had to keep a professional relationship with them all and uphold and maintain a common set of beliefs and standards. If I didn’t, well then…………… I really shouldn’t have been there, I wouldn’t have fit in and eventually I would have been shown the door.

We all have other interests and extra curricula activities as adults and children, we  choose to belong to various sporting/interest groups, dance/ hobby, arts clubs etc… Well!!!!! They too have rules and standards they expect their patrons and subscribes to uphold. How else would they be able to function ?????? The same could be said for most of us, where our behaviour and attitude would dictate whether we belong or not belong to a particular club or group.

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Going back to the statement above about men standing up and being counted, we need strong men( and women) now more than ever. But how do we do that, you might ask???????  I think I have well established the notion that a common set of beliefs, rules, regulations and standards are part of belonging to a group and keeping it orderly so that it can function and prosper. Similarly, for the smooth running of our lives, we need to follow rules and standards, the ones that God has set out for us. The ones that Jesus exampled to us-  JESUS- who modelled how men and women should live, think, act and behave. Mary chosen by God to be the mother of our Saviour, modelled how women should act and behave. So, instead of complicating our lives with garbage that Hollywood, the media and society thrusts  upon us, we can say NO and not alter our beliefs to fit in with society’s, but increase our  faith in God and look to Jesus and biblical truth for the answers we need.

I don’t believe that Jesus expected us to all die on a cross like He did. As a matter of truth how much do we owe Him for that? We owe Him everything, for choosing death on the cross so that we may have eternal life in heaven with Him. What Jesus expects of us is to look up to Him and aspire to be more and more like Him everyday through submission to Him,  prayer, abstinence, forgiveness, repentance and a willingness to have a relationship with Him.

Please pray with me if you believe this and wish to make changes in your life.

         GOD BLESS YOU ALL

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DENZEL WASHINGTON & MARK WAHLBERG both say that we need God in our lives

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As the new year begins, are there things in your life you need to prioritise?        Below are some reasons that might inspire you to start.

HERE ARE TWO ACTORS I HOLD IN HIGH ESTEEM

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Life is short and you can leave your mark here on this earth by your actions, no matter how little and insignificant they may seem, there are gifts that God has bestowed upon you that no one else on earth can fulfill. You can do the little things in a great way to start.

Then allow God to guide you and take you forward with prayer, repentance and forgiveness, without them your faith journey will struggle.

Say this prayer out loud 

“Dear God, I want to be a part of your family. You said in Your Word that if I acknowledge that You raised Jesus from the dead, and that I accept Him as my Lord and Savior, I would be saved. So God, I now say that I believe You raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive and well. I accept Him now as my personal Lord and Savior. I accept my salvation from sin right now.

I am now saved. Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is my Savior. Thank you, Father God, for forgiving me, saving me, and giving me eternal life with You. Amen!”                                 ( courtesy Dr. Larry Hutton)