Monday, September 29, 2014

*Excerpt from Embrace Your Spirituality Part 5: LIVE FREE

Watch World Events

*We are told to watch world events because we have no way
of knowing when JESUS CHRIST will return.
While you are waiting remember these two major points,

Point 1 – The Battle in Heaven (Satan was thrown out.) The Angel, Michael
And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels’ waged war, and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the Salvation; and the Power, and the Kingdom of our GOD and the Authority of His CHRIST have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our GOD day and night. “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. “For this reason, rejoice O heavens and you who dwell in them.  Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”
And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth. So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of GOD and hold to the testimony of JESUS. Revelation 12:7-17 NASB []  

Point 2 – Jesus Mentions Satan’s Losing Battle
Some Greeks were among those who came to worship during the Passover festival. They went to Philip (who was from Bethsaida in Galilee) and told him, "Sir, we would like to meet JESUS." Philip told Andrew, and they told JESUS. JESUS replied to them, "The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I can guarantee this truth: A single grain of wheat doesn't produce anything unless it is planted in the ground and dies. If it dies, it will produce a lot of grain. Those who love their lives will destroy them, and those who hate their lives in this world will guard them for everlasting life. Those who serve me must follow me.
My servants will be with me wherever I will be.
If people serve me, the Father will honor them.
"I am too deeply troubled now to know how to express my feelings. Should I say, 'Father, save me from this time [of suffering]'?  No! I came for this time of suffering.  Father, give glory to your name."  A voice from heaven said, "I have given it glory, and I will give it glory again." The crowd standing there heard the voice and said that it had thundered. Others in the crowd
said that an angel had talked to Him. JESUS replied, "That voice wasn't for my benefit but for yours. "This world is being judged now. The ruler of this world will be thrown out now. When I have been lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people toward me." By saying this, He indicated how He was going to die. The crowd responded to Him, "We have heard from
the Scriptures that the Messiah will remain here forever. So how can you say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up from the earth'? Who is this 'Son of Man'?"  JESUS answered the crowd, "The light will still be with you for a little while. Walk while you have light so that darkness won't defeat you. Those who walk in the dark don't know where they're going. While you have the light, believe in the light so that you will become people whose lives show the light."
After JESUS had said this, He was concealed as He left. Although they had seen
JESUS perform so many miracles, they wouldn't believe in Him. In this way the words of the prophet Isaiah came true: "LORD, who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD'S power been revealed?" So the people couldn't believe because, as Isaiah also said, "GOD blinded them and made them close-minded so that their eyes don't see and their minds don't understand. And they never turn to me for healing!"  Isaiah said this because he had seen JESUS' glory and
had spoken about Him.
Many rulers believed in JESUS. However, they wouldn't admit it publicly because the Pharisees would have thrown them out of the synagogue.
They were more concerned about what people thought of them than about what GOD thought of them. Then JESUS said loudly, "Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me. Whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I am the light that has come into the world so that everyone who believes in me will not live in the dark. If anyone hears my words and doesn't follow them, I don't condemn them. I didn't come to condemn the world but to save the world. Those who reject me by not accepting what I say have a judge appointed for them. The words that I have spoken will judge them on the last day. I have not spoken on my own. Instead, the Father who sent me told me what I should say and how I should say it. I know that what He commands is eternal life. Whatever I say is what the Father told me to say." John 12:20-49 GWT []
Please make note of those two things
when you think about GOD’S timetable.
Both of those points occurred centuries ago, yet we are still waiting for JESUS CHRIST’S return and the Word of GOD that was given to the first Christians still apply
to us now. It will also apply to each generation after us until JESUS CHRIST returns.  
Forget about what an antichrist or unbeliever is saying and focus on what your spirit believes after the conversion from a nonbeliever to a believer of GOD and JESUS CHRIST. Your nature will become a holy nature as it should because you are a reflection of
 GOD’S holiness. The Holy Spirit of GOD will teach you about what is holy and right and as you grow you will accept that truth, not the falseness of this world.

Do Not Love This World
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world,
you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for
physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see,
and pride in our achievements and possessions.
These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave.
But anyone who does what pleases GOD will live forever.

*Excerpt Taken from “Part 5: Live Free” of My Latest Book
Embrace Your Spirituality… Live Free...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Excerpt from Part One: GOD is Spirit: My Out of Body Experience

In Part One: GOD is Spirit: My Out of Body Experience 

Since the fall of Adam and Eve, we have been living under a curse
of deceit with Satan and his cohorts fighting every good thing in our lives.  The world is full of negative spirits.
Our battles with each other are really our battles with the influences of negative spirits.  Most of the time, we fail to realize this but this is a spiritual war between the good and the bad.  We are fighting against the ugliness of deceit and sin (negativity), which will result in death if we buy into it. We have to choose which way we want to live and we have to choose whether we want to have a relationship with the GOD that created everything and everyone.
Apostle Paul wrote this to the Christians at Corinth: But I thank GOD, who always leads us in victory because of CHRIST. Wherever we go, GOD uses us to make clear what it means to know CHRIST. It's like a fragrance that fills the air. To GOD we are the aroma of CHRIST among those who are saved and among those who are dying. To some people we are a deadly fragrance, while to others we are a life-giving fragrance. Who is qualified to tell about CHRIST? At least we don't go around selling an impure word of GOD like many others. The opposite is true. As CHRIST'S spokesmen and in GOD'S presence, we speak the pure message that comes from GOD. 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 [1]GWT 
Remember that your victorious life is via GOD,
and not through anything else.
Your successes are made via His abilities in you.  We are nothing without Him but dust.  Sure it seems like we are in control but we will never be in control.  At the drop of a dime, death comes and we can never stop it.  It is not up to us. According to the word of GOD in the book of Acts, …we have life and motion and existence in Him…Take a look at this verse: For in Him we have life and motion and existence; as certain of your verse writers have said, For we are His offspring. Acts 17:28 [2]BBE  I love the Weymouth New Testament translation: For it is in closest union with Him that we live and move and have our being; as in fact some of the poets in repute among yourselves have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' Acts 17:28 [3]WEY Yes I love that verse, let me repeat this portion, “…it is in closest union with Him that we live and move and have our being…”  This means that from the beginning of our creation, we have existed via GOD.  We can build multiple spacecraft and take all the trips to space and beyond in them for centuries, but GOD has to release us from our physical bounds to truly see and experience the universe and all of its’ cosmic splendor.  It is a spiritual thing therefore physically with these bodies we can never truly grasp the magnitude of GOD and His power over the universe.
In 2007, I experience an out of body episode.
I was lying on my bed when my spirit floated out of my body
and zoomed through the sky to the heavens. 
My spirit floated through space and it was incredible.  It floated though out the stars and planets in our universe. The experience was exhilarating, indescribable and I absolutely loved it.  As, I stated earlier,  “It  is a spiritual thing, therefore, physically with these bodies we can never truly grasp the magnitude of GOD and His power over the universe.”  My spirit floated out of my body zipped around in the heavens and later returned to my body and I felt myself leave and return.  I share this from time to time with my family and friends but I often wonder if they believe that I imagined it?  I understand how it feels to know that you experienced something as grand as that out of body episode but there is no way to prove it.
GOD knows and my spirit knows that I experienced it.  As a Christian, you have to trust GOD.  The religion of Christianity is based on faith and GOD is our faith.  It is by the grace of GOD that we are given the power to choose to serve Him. Apostle Paul said:  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (According as it is written, GOD hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. Romans 11:5-8 KJV    
*Excerpt Taken from Part 1: God the Spirit of My Latest Book
Embrace Your Spirituality… Live Free...

[1] GOD’S Word Translation - GWT
[2] Bible in Basic English Translation - BBE
[3] Weymouth New Testament Translation - WEY

Sunday, September 21, 2014

*We are in Control of Our Destinies but GOD Is Destiny.

*We are in Control of Our Destinies but GOD Is Destiny.

King David says it all with:
The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof;
the world, and they that dwell therein.
For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established
it upon the floods.”  Psalms 24:1-2 ~ KJV

I find pleasure in knowing that my Father is the creator of everything because I know that as long as I “Ignore Reality and Trust GOD” I will be taken care of. “The Sky is the Limit.”  You can walk, talk, and think knowing that GOD’S grace is keeping you alive and GOD’S grace is what allows You to accomplish the goals that you have set for your life. 
Again, I will repeat this: We are in control of our destinies but GOD is destiny and I will repeat this from the previous excerpt: “One thing that will never change in your life is the constancy of the existence of GOD.  He is in everything and in everyone… I find pleasure in knowing that my Father is the creator of everything because I know that as long as I “Ignore Reality and Trust GOD” I will be taken care of. “The Sky is the Limit.”  You can walk, talk, and think knowing that GOD’S grace is keeping you alive and GOD’S grace is what allows You to accomplish the goals that you have set for your life.  Our spirits seek the connection with GOD all of our lives, but many of us try to fill that void with physical things that will never be able to quench that thirst.  The only way to quench that thirst is with the spiritual because it is a spiritual thing that we are trying to quench.
     Explanations may be hard in many cases, but each of us will have to experience individually the liberation of knowing that GOD exists and He will communicate with you spiritually if you would allow it.  I can quote scriptures from GOD’S words but each individual will have to seek Him an experience their own personal liberation. We are all created with a [1]zeal for something.  When I was growing up, I possessed a zeal for music, so I asked GOD to bless me with the ability to sing and He honored that request.  I have a beautiful contralto voice that was a gift and at age 10, my fifth grade music teacher noticed it and that was the beginning of a long love of singing gospel music.  Later in high school, my choral teacher hoped I would try out for a music conservatory because she felt that I had an operatic future.  I chose the United States Air Force and sang in groups, bands and solo in many military activities and events, I often wonder what will have occurred if I had taken the music route.  Perhaps, I would be singing opera somewhere today.  The point is this: we are all created with a zeal for something and mine was music.  Some people call their zeal a gift, so my gift is a contralto voice and the love for music. 
Concentrating on your spirituality will assist you in developing a positive relationship with yourself and with GOD if that is your choice.  Every religion requires quality study and meditative quiet time with God and your spiritual self; King David is our greatest example for showing how important [2]meditation and quiet time is with GOD and your spiritual self.  He was able to write 150 Psalms and these Psalms are great for meditation thousands of years later. 
  …I love the word of GOD.  I know that when I take the time to study it, GOD’s Holy Spirit ministers to my soul and spirit.  King David was blessed with an abundant and prosperous life and he made mistakes just as we make mistakes, but he loved GOD and was not afraid to confess it.  I truly believe this is the reason he was gifted with a zeal to write those 150 Psalms for our benefit thousands of years later.  Praise GOD! Meditate and spend quiet time with your Creator: GOD.
     Meditation has been around for centuries and the benefit is individual.  Quiet time is comforting and refreshing to your soul and spirit.  I have learned far more about GOD and my spirituality by spending quiet time studying the bible and prayer than I have attending a church.  Many times you are distracted by other things going on around you in the church during the sermon, whereas, one on one bible study with your spirit and the Holy Spirit is less distracting.  Many times, I find myself saying “Okay GOD, now I know why I experienced that situation”.  When I was being instructed to be an evangelist during the early 1980’s, we were taught to fast, pray and meditate a lot.  I learned so much.  I was ordained under a Pentecostal minister and he was operating with so many spiritual gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12.  During my ministry training period, I was anointed so much by studying the bible, praying and fasting and I was gifted with the Holy Spirit from that period until this day.  The gift of speaking in tongues was one of my gifts and I still pray to GOD this way when I am alone.  I feel closer to Him when I pray this way.
GOD is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
John 4:24 NIV

You have to “Embrace Your Spirituality” and begin to “Live Free”.
You control your destiny, but GOD is destiny.

*Excerpt Taken from Part 1: God the Spirit of My Latest Book

[1] Zeal - : eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something : fervor

[2] meditation - The English meditation is derived from the Latin meditatio, from a verb meditari, meaning "to think, contemplate, devise, ponder, meditate".