Love Doctor  

One of the many lessons I learned during Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training (many years ago) was that only a doctor could pronounce someone dead. As an EMT, I could report a patient as having no signs of life but the emergency room physician would have to pronounce the person dead. In addition, the medical examiner would determine a more definitive time and cause of death. However, as an EMT, me saying a patient had no signs of life did not mean the patient was not officially dead, especially when multiple facts substantiated it.

I said all of that to lay the foundation for the following. You don’t need a love doctor to formally pronounce a relationship dead, especially when it has no signs of life. Additionally, in a relationship, either person can declare it dead. Some people have a warped view that a relationship is not over until he or she says it’s over, as if that person is the relationship’s love doctor. Let me be the love coroner by giving you some feedback on the cause of death of that relationship. If you believe a relationship is not over until you say so, you have the kind of mentality that is one of, if not the contributing factor to the death of the relationship. It is a sign that you viewed the other person as a possession instead of a partner. One of the things a coroner looks for is conjunctival petechiae (bloodshot eyes), which, when foul play is involved, indicates potential death by asphyxiation. Sometimes it is easy to tell that one person almost choked to death in a relationship because leaving has given the person a chance to start breathing again. It is an awful sight to see a relationship suffocating the life out of someone.

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A person does not need to be a love doctor to see when a relationship is dead. Oftentimes, a key indicator is because only one person is fighting to save the relationship, as if administering CPR or using an Automated External Defibrillator. One of the implications of a doctor pronouncing a person dead is that it signifies the end of all attempts to resuscitate the person, or to keep the patient on life support. When the doctor “calls it”, all treatment stops. Many relationships are legally dead but they only look somewhat alive because they are on life support. For those of you who are Christians, stop asking the Lord to resurrect a dead relationship, especially one you had no business being in at all. When the Lord “calls it, leave it alone because it is dead. Have you ever noticed that towards the end of Jesus’s life we hear about Mary but not Joseph? We can assume that when Joseph died Jesus let him remain dead, to rest in peace, despite what Mary may have wanted. You will have no peace if you do not let a dead relationship rest in peace. Jesus did not raise everyone from the dead. We also see that based on His response to the man who wanted to go bury his father before following the Lord. You may think some of my comments have been insensitive, but keep in mind that Jesus told the potential disciple, ‘Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.’ ~ Luke 9:60 (KJV) Similarly, some people are not doing the working of the Lord because they are trying to maintain or resurrect a dead relationship instead.

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A collection of poetry about heartbreak.

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Sugarcoated  

The following is a continuation to the previous post called “Honeyed”. The Lord recently showed me something very disturbing in a dream that I am now inspired to share with you.

 

I saw a woman who was so obsessed with a man that she stalked him and kept ignoring the numerous times he had rejected her. She was convinced they were meant to be husband and wife, and that they would somehow live a life with a fairy tale ending, despite the obvious contradictory evidence. Her incessant actions caused the man to snap and he began hitting her with the intent of killing her, just to make her stop and go away. She was curled up in the fetal position on the ground and you may not be able to tell what caused the man to stop. He was delivering blows to end her life so she would end her relentless pursuit, but then he felt sorry for her, when despite his rage, he realized that she viewed his violent actions towards her as an expression of love for her. He could not believe his eyes as he wondered what in the world had the woman been through to make her view an act of violence towards her as an expression of love. What made her view him rejecting her as an invitation to disregard his feelings and boundaries to continue pursuing him?

Arguably, equally as disturbing as everything I have described, I saw people (observers) who found humor in the way the woman had been harassing the man. They did not try to stop her. Yet, even though they did not encourage her, they were very complicit in her actions and were basically pushing her to her death. She viewed their silence as consent to her actions, and so did the man. They even failed to intervene while the man was about to pummel her to death. It reminds me of so many crimes nowadays where people stand by and watch, while possibly broadcasting it on social media, but won’t try to stop it or even call the police. Edmund Burke is quoted as saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Ladies and gentlemen, if you feel as if someone’s abusive actions towards you or your abusive action towards another person is a sign of love, you need professional help. In the dream, the man’s original thought was to shoot her five times in her chest to put her down like the animal she was acting like. But since he employed a slower method of inducing death, he got the chance to realize what was going on inside of her. Quite frankly, she was so far gone (mentally), I believe if he had shot her that she would have viewed it as a sign of love too.

On a cautionary note, be careful of anyone who has no respect for the boundaries you have established and possibly continually reaffirmed. A person who does not know how to take “NO” for an answer is someone you need to distance yourself from. I did not include how far the lady had gone in the dream to violate the man’s boundaries, but she could have easily have killed herself in the process of trying to get to him. Again, people stood by and did nothing.

I know this post is very heavy and I am not sugarcoating it. Many things start in a person’s childhood, so, if you have a child, please model what love is supposed to look and feel like. Consider the ways you express your love to your child. In addition, take note of the romantic relationships you have around your child. If you have someone who is abusing you around your child, even if that person never does anything directly to your child, he or she is indirectly abusing your child by abusing you. Never sacrifice your child so you can be in a relationship, especially with a man or woman who is not your child’s biological parent. Sometimes it is best to kill a relationship in order to save your child. I will this right here before I really get started.

 

God has called us to live in peace, especially in relationships.

 

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Honeyed  

Never take advice to stay in an abusive relationship from a family, friend, or associate of the abuser, especially when everything else is telling you to get out. And worse of all, don’t listen to the smooth and potentially persuasive words of the abuser whose lips are glazed with honey, but his or her heart is full of venom. In fact, that person is abusing you by trying to get you to ingest his or her honey-coated venom. Don’t get honeyed into staying in a toxic situation.

 

I thought this post was only going to be a paragraph long but I feel the unction to continue, so please bear with me. Don’t let an abuser quote any portion of the Bible to you in an effort to manipulate you to stay in or return to an abusive relationship. Isn’t it amazing how some people get religious when they are in trouble? But then again, even satan masquerades as an angel of light at times (2 Corinthians 11:14).

An abuser who uses the Bible in an attempt to keep or get you in bondage is a hypocrite who also has no respect for the Lord. A person who uses the Bible to try to change your mind but not to change his or her wicked ways is overlooking Scriptures such as:

  • “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” ~ Ephesians 5:22 (KJV) A wife who is abusing her husband is not submitting herself to him or the Lord. By the way, emasculating a man is a form of abuse. How does she think the Lord is going to react when she asks Him to make her husband stay or to change him? Here’s a hint, when you ask the Lord to do something about someone, He may first address the issues within you. Ladies, one of the quickest ways to lose a man is to disrespect him. And if you are trying to get a man, you will most likely lose him if you disrespect his friends and/or family. On a final note, if you claim to be a “Proverbs 31 Woman”, pay attention to these proverbs: “It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.” ~ Proverbs 21:9 (KJV) “It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.” ~ Proverbs 21:19 (KJV)

 

  • “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it.” ~ Ephesians 5:22 (KJV) The Lord would not abuse His daughter, the woman He entrusted to care for. In fact, men need to pay attention to the following warning from the Lord: “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” ~ 1 Peter 3:7 (KJV) Before the Lord brought Eve into Adam’s life, He ensured Adam had a place prepared for her in which she could feel at home. Don’t expect the Lord to entrust you with one of His daughters if you are going to make her life more like a sentence at Alcatraz or Robben Island instead of a Garden of Eden. Are you going to nurture or enslave her?

Jesus said, ‘If ye love Me, keep My commandments.’ ~ John 14:15 (KJV) The following is an example of how you demonstrate that love for Jesus, with respect to a relationship, even if you are not married. “…Now I beseech thee…, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk after His commandments. This is the commandment, that, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.” ~ 2 John 5-6 (KJV) You should never hurt the one you claim to love, to include with your words. As the commandment states, “love one another”. Love will get you through bittersweet moments but love is not bittersweet.

 

To be continued…

 

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  The Threshold 

Do not get so accustomed to pushing the limits that you stop respecting healthy boundaries. There is a threshold between trying to conquer a perceived challenge and ignoring a potentially life-saving warning. Many people’s persistence prevents them from hearing “the voice of reason”, the warning that they are about to cross the line and go too far. Sadly, some refuse to listen to the obvious voice that lets them know they went too far, hence the pain and embarrassment they are now suffering.

Roaring Lion (1 Peter 5-8)

The pain one suffers after an intense workout is different from the intense pain one suffers as a result of an injury. In addition, muscle soreness recovers much faster than a torn muscle for example. It is also easier to continue exercising with sore muscles. Working through the soreness will help with recovery. Conversely, an injury may require a cessation of physical activity, especially with the affected region(s), in order to heal properly. Improper healing is a more serious injury waiting to happen. It is similar to entering into a relationship too soon after leaving a toxic one. Also, not resting an injured area may result in a more serious injury or delayed healing. That is reminiscent of forcing a relationship to work but making it worse instead, or, revisiting things that continue to break your heart.

There is an idiom in Jamaica that states, “Trouble nuh set like rain.” Which means, unlike the obvious rainclouds that indicate a coming rainstorm, the onset of trouble is oftentimes seemingly without warning. However, the Lord has many ways of warning us of pending disaster, but many people fail to listen or perceive His warnings. We have to be more like “…the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.” ~ 1 Chronicles 12:32 (KJV) Or, at least be like the other children of Israel, who did not have that gift, but were wise enough to heed the counsel of the children of Issachar.

Do not get caught in a situation like when Jesus said, ‘When it is evening, ye say, ‘It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering.’ O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?’ ~ Matthew 16:2-3 (KJV) Learn to discern the sign of the times, to include when you need to separate yourself from those who refuse to listen about their coming judgment. You do not want to be a part of the collateral damage.

Humble Pie
The Lord exalts the humble.

 

I won’t leave you hanging so to speak. So here are some helpful hints to let you know that hell is about to be unleashed in your life, or the life of another:

  • You are living in sin. Whenever you violate the Lord’s Commandments, you give the devil access into your life. Many people erroneously think this only applies to the Ten Commandments. However, it also applies to other things, such as forgiving others like how the Heavenly Father forgives us (Matthew 6:14-15). Remember, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” ~ Ephesians 4:26-27 (KJV) Many people are giving place to the devil by holding on to their anger, and even worse, by plotting and/or seeking revenge against the transgressor. Seeking or taking revenge is for the wicked, in part because the Lord will not defend them; they will reap what they have sown. The righteous can rest assured because the Lord said, ‘To Me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.’ ~ Deuteronomy 32:35 (KJV) The Lord will prosecute the wicked who persecute the righteous.

 

  • “These six things doth theLord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” ~ Proverbs 6:16-19 (KJV) As a result, if a person has been slandering you, his or her judgment draws nigh.

 

  • Trying to ruin another person’s life to take him or her away from his or her God-ordained destiny, such as using any form of witchcraft. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” ~ Galatians 6:7-8 (KJV) Many people are seeking prayer and/or sympathy for the fruits of their evil deeds.

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  • There are certain things, where even if the Lord does not give me specifics about their judgment, people who engage in such things inevitably bring calamity upon themselves, their cohorts, and their families. Sodom and Gomorrah were not cities with adults only. But rather, what the adults did had a negative impact on the children who were on path to grow up to be like their parents. Prolonged sin usually results in hardened iniquity. If you believe that was only an Old Testament example, take a look at Revelation 2:18-23.

 

  • “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” ~ Proverbs 16:18 (KJV) “But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, ‘God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.’ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” ~ James 4:6-7 (KJV) Many people will not listen to the voice of reason, oftentimes the Holy Spirit of the Lord, which is why they pay the price. The Lord used Daniel to warn king Nebuchadnezzar about his pride, but the king chose to learn the hard way instead (Daniel 4).
Holy Spirit Led
The gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit IAW 1 Corinthians 12 and Galatians 5:22-23.

It is easy to see the calamity hanging over some people’s head like a storm cloud. Similarly to how the water from the ground evaporates, condenses into a cloud, and then precipitates as rain, we reap what we sow. As the saying goes, “When it rains, it pours.” Many people are crying in the outpouring they were told was coming, but they kept going across the threshold the Lord had emplaced for their safety. But with choices are consequences, especially for those who try to mock God. Sadly, some people have not yet figured out that their lives are not what it could be, simply because they keep sowing seeds of discord and they are reaping what they keep sowing. A part of why some have not figured out why calamity keeps striking is because the consequences of our actions are not always immediate. I won’t go into details, but I recall committing a sin and the Lord’s judgment overtook me two years later. I paid dearly but I learned greatly. I can attest that God is not mocked and He will avenge; He will not let anyone tarnish His name (Isaiah 48:11). Woe unto those who think they have gotten away with anything!

‘Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.’ ~ Revelation 18:4-6 (KJV)

 

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“Mercy Rule”

When it comes to divorce, the easy answer is, “God hates divorce”, and that is what many ministers will tell those who are contemplating getting divorced. “Somehow” even though very Biblical, I cannot give such a cookie-cutter answer. Brace yourself because the following may cut across the grain of your application of Scriptures. While this dissertation addresses divorce, it is meant to serve as an example of what Jesus meant when He said, ‘Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.’ ~ John 7:24 (KJV)

Undoubtedly, God hates divorce because He clearly said so (Malachi 2:16). Unfortunately, the devil tries to counterfeit and/or corrupt the things of the Lord, to include marriage. There are Christians who have gotten in bad marriages, and it may seem as if there is no way out, besides adultery, but both parties are being faithful. However, despite being sexually faithful to each other, it is now painfully obvious that the union was of the devil, and he has one or both people trapped. In some cases, what seemed like two lovers of and believers in Christ getting married is now apparent that the other person was an imposter, an emissary of the devil. The other way out of a marriage is death, but it may seem as if the other person has the lifespan of a Galápagos tortoise. Moreover, to compound to that, each day with the person is seemingly taking away from your lifespan, which is a part of the devil’s plan. Many people have committed suicide in an effort to escape from such demonically arranged unions.

The Lord is serious about divorce because He is serious about marriage. The message I am inspired to convey is no way meant to take away from that. But rather, it is to encourage you to have a personal relationship with the Lord because sometimes He may have to remove you from a situation in an unconventional manner when the devil has you bound. [Okay, take a second to catch your breath after reading that…] I must also caution you that while the following may be like an escape clause, it is one the Lord uses sparingly, and most likely limited to dire situations where the life of one of His sons or daughters is at risk. The Lord is not going to condone getting divorced for trivial reasons such as weight gain, “falling out of love”, snoring, etc. In addition, before I delve into the issue of getting divorced, let me first address getting married. While people know that God hates divorce, they may not consider that He hates doomed marriages, especially the ones the devil puts together in an effort to steal, kill, or destroy a person’s destiny. Many people can testify that they got into a horrible marriage because they ignored the Lord’s warnings. The Lord gave those warnings in an effort to avert a looming disaster.

 

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Getting married is a choice, or it is supposed to be. Consequently, do not let anyone use witchcraft to pressure or manipulate you into getting married. I have heard many incredible testimonies of how the Lord brought two people together in holy matrimony. Tragically, I have also seen where people misused the Lord’s name to get a spouse (and somehow though it was pleasing to the Lord, and He was going to bless the “union”). For the record, the Lord is not going to force two people to be in a relationship. In Genesis 24, Abraham commissioned his servant to go and find a wife for his son Isaac. The servant asked what if the woman was not willing to be Isaac’s wife. Abraham said an angel of the Lord would go and help, but, if the woman was still not willing to be Isaac’s wife that the servant would be released from the oath. So, even though the Lord was going to use an angel to find a wife for Isaac, not even in those days, He was not going to force them to be together. So, if you believe someone is your God-ordained spouse, but you are trying to force the person to be with you, you are engaging in witchcraft. If you force someone to be in a relationship with you, to include a marriage, you may end up in a marriage where you are asking the Lord to get you out and He will most likely have you stay to suffer the consequences. Conversely, if you use witchcraft to manipulate a person into getting married but that person wants out, the Lord may create a way of escape for that person… I implore you to include the Lord in your decisions, especially regarding whom you should marry. The Lord may not always tell you who to marry, but please do not ignore Him when He tells you who not to marry. One of the things that may count against you in what I am about to present is if the Lord clearly told you not to marry someone and you disobeyed Him. There are times when the Lord’s communications are not very clear (Numbers 12:8), so if He warned you in such a manner, the level of grace He may extend to you will most likely be greater. Many things play a role in the Lord’s decisions, and even when we may not like His decisions, the Lord is a righteous judge.

The devil has used to the Lord’s hatred of divorce to keep many Christians in awful marriages. It may seem impossible to get a pardon from the Lord in the matter since Jesus said:

“And the Pharisees came to Him, and asked Him, ‘Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife?’ Tempting Him.

 And He answered and said unto them, ‘What did Moses command you?’

 And they said, ‘Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.’

 And Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.’

 And in the house His disciples asked Him again of the same matter. And He saith unto them, ‘Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.’” ~ Mark 10:2-12 (KJV)

“It hath been said, ‘Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: but I say unto you, ‘That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.’” ~ Matthew 5:31-32 (KJV)

“And I say unto you, ‘Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.’” ~ Matthew 19:9 (KJV)

 

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Maybe you can see where God’s grace is needed in this issue already. For example, what if you are on your first marriage but your spouse was previously married to someone who is still alive? Does that mean your marriage is adulterous in the Lord’s sight, and your spouse should divorce you and return to his or her first spouse? Because, if that were the case, you would end up becoming a divorcee, and if someone were to marry you then he or she could be considered an adulterer. But if you think that provides a playground for the devil to use the Lord’s Words to ruin lives, there is more. Also, note that the Lord did not make a provision for a person who got divorced before becoming a Christian. In addition, what if someone has been married twice but both spouses had been married before, and their previous spouses are still alive? Yes, we need to refer to the Scriptures, but we need Jesus, the righteous judge, to render His verdict on an individual basis. I can imagine that the Lord hates divorce in part because it makes things so polluted and convoluted.

Christians oftentimes site adultery as a Biblical grounds for divorce. Even though it is, it does not mean they are commanded to get divorced in the event of adultery. Quite frankly, and this is me speaking, some marriages need to end because lives are at risk, but the one who poses the threat is faithful. The end of that union may not have to be a divorce but a permanent separation. Some people would much rather get out of that toxic relationship and remain single if necessary. The devil has founded many religions so he has emissaries who know how to fake holiness, to include remaining faithful to prevent the other person from escaping. However, that does not mean the Christian should go and have an affair to create a biblical ground for getting divorced. That will get the Christian in trouble with the Lord, and like David discovered, the Lord may forgive you of your sin(s) but there will be consequences (2 Samuel 12). Some Christians have had to deal with infidelity in their marriages but the Lord still did not release them from that marriage.

Another Scripture that complicates the possibility of getting divorced is:

“And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, ‘Let not the wife depart from her husband: but and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.’ But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.” ~ 1 Corinthians 7:10-11,15 (KJV)

There are times in a marriage when things get challenging and getting divorced may seem like the best choice. But the Lord does not want divorce to be an easy “solution”; particularly for an issue He could help the couple resolve. There were times when Jesus seemingly bent the rules, but He did not when you look beneath the surface. That was a part of why He said, ‘If a man on the Sabbath day receive circumcision, that the Law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at Me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the Sabbath day? Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.’ ~ John 7:23-24 (KJV) On the surface, it may have appeared as if they were righteously upholding the Law where the Lord said:

‘Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.’ ~ Exodus 20:9-11 (KJV)

There are times when two or more of the Lord’s commandments collide so we need Him to decide which one takes precedence. For example, I previously mentioned a person using witchcraft to manipulate a person into getting married. And that witch can rightfully tell the victim that God hates divorce. But the Lord also said, ‘Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.’ ~ Exodus 22:18 (KJV) What do you think a witch would choose if the Lord gave that person a choice between getting divorced or suffering the consequences for practicing witchcraft? Again, it is important to not give cookie-cutter answers, especially since the Lord judges every case individually and righteously.

The Scriptures tells us that it is permissible for the unbeliever to depart, and that the Lord has called us to peace. But what if the unbeliever won’t leave because, as a messenger of satan, he or she gets pleasure from ensuring the believer does not live in peace? Again, the Lord takes divorce seriously because He takes marriage seriously. The Lord also takes adultery very seriously, so much in fact that the penalty is death. However, Jesus mercifully made a way of escape for the lady who had been caught committing adultery (John 8:1-11), even though the adulteress should have been put to death in accordance with Leviticus 20:10 and Exodus 20:14. That may have seemed like a clear violation of the Law, but the Lord had also said, ‘I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.’ ~ Exodus 33:19 (KJV) Sometimes we get in a bind and we need the Lord’s grace and mercy, we need Him to implement what I have been inspired to call the “mercy rule”.

   

Second Chances: Worthy of Redemption
Love conquers all.

Sometimes it seems as if people forget that Jesus does not condone our sins, yet He is merciful and will forgive us of our sins without condemning us for them. A person who is convicted of a crime may file a motion to have the judge seal or expunge that record. In either case, if successful, the petitioner can legally deny ever being convicted to a crime. A sealed record still exists but is harder to access while an expunged record is destroyed, as if the crime was never committed. Do I really need to go any deeper with the parallels to the redemptive power of Christ’s blood to seal or expunge the record of your sins, in His court?

 The following is a beautiful example of how the Lord seals or expunges a person’s sinful records:

“And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

Now when the Pharisee which had bidden Him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, ‘This man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him: for she is a sinner.’

 And Jesus answering said unto him, ‘Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee.’

And he saith, ‘Master, say on.’

 ‘There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?’

 Simon answered and said, ‘I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most.’

And He said unto him, ‘Thou hast rightly judged.’ And He turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, ‘Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest Me no water for My feet: but she hath washed My feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest Me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss My feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed My feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, ‘Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.’

 And He said unto her, ‘Thy sins are forgiven.’

 And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, ‘Who is this that forgiveth sins also?’

And He said to the woman, ‘Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.’” ~ Luke 7:37-50 (KJV)

So, if you are on your second marriage and your spouse is on his or her fifth, and the Lord has mercifully given the both of you a fresh start, please, don’t take that opportunity for granted. Never lose sight of what the Lord has forgiven you for, and never go back to a relationship the Lord has rescued you from, especially if He told you to never return. You may have missed the warnings that were not so clear and gotten in trouble, but when He lets you out, don’t you dare go back in. The Lord hates divorce but He is not merciless. If you cried out to the Lord and He had mercy on you, like how He mercifully forgave the sinful lady who anointed Him and wiped His feet with her hair, thank Him and move on.

Those who have been married to their high school sweetheart for the last 30 years, or may never have been married, may not agree with those previous statements. In fact, they may vehemently oppose those remarks because they did not need God’s grace in the matter like others. Or so they may think, because the Lord also said, ‘Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery’: But I say unto you, ‘That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.’ ~ Matthew 5:27-28 (KJV) In one way or another, we all need God’s grace. Take note of David’s reaction when Nathan told him about the rich man who had taken a poor man’s only sheep. The king pronounced a judgment of death, until he was told he was the rich man. Then he sought the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy instead (2 Samuel 12).

 

 

Breakthrough: When Jesus Sets You Free
Breakthrough: When Jesus Sets You Free

Jesus is oftentimes referred to as Lord and Savior. Some people need His saving grace when it comes to being bound in a demonically arranged marriage. They need the Lord to do something similar to what He did when He healed the lady who had a spirit of infirmity. By the way, rather than rejoicing that she had been delivered from the demonic oppression, the Pharisees chastised the Lord. But the Lord put them to shame when He retorted, ‘And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?’ ~ Luke 13:16 (KJV) Despite my proclamations about God’s grace, I must caution you that the “mercy rule” is not one to take lightly. For as Jesus said to the man He healed who had been crippled for 38 years, ‘Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.’” ~ John 5:14 (KJV) God’s grace is never freedom to sin, but rather, it is freedom from the devil’s bondage and freedom from sin. Do not abuse God’s grace, especially when He goes to great lengths to give it to you.

I could have ended this discourse with my previous statement. However, I feel led to keep going deeper to give further insight regarding how the Lord may make a decision in your case. In doing so, I will also provide additional Biblical precedence for the Lord’s seemingly controversial rulings.

Firstborn sons were to inherit the bulk of the inheritance and receive the father’s blessing, yet there were the following exceptions:

 

  • Ishmael was Abraham’s firstborn son, yet the Lord instructed Abraham to follow Sarah’s desire to put away Ishmael and his mother Hagar (Genesis 21). Even though the Lord would bless Ishmael, His covenant would be with the younger brother, Isaac. Ishmael’s descendants have an issue with Isaac’s descendants to this day, but their real issue is with the Lord’s decision (Genesis 17). On the surface, it may not seem fair, but who are we to argue with the Lord once He has made a decision?

 

  • Jacob (Israel) received the birthright instead of his older (twin) brother Esau, for as the Lord had said to their mother Rebekah, ‘…the elder shall serve the younger.’ ~ Genesis 25:23 (KJV) One of the things Esau discovered was that his father’s actions were irreversible.

 

  • Rueben was Israel’s eldest son, yet the birthright went to Joseph, Israel’s 11th In fact, Israel took Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh as his own, similarly to how Rueben and Simeon were his first and second born, respectively (Genesis 48:5). As an added twist, when Israel blessed Joseph’s two sons, he gave the blessing of the firstborn son to Ephraim instead of his elder brother Manasseh (Genesis 48).

Whenever you have an issue, take it to the Lord first because His ruling may contradict your pastor’s. But just like how your pastor will have a Biblical justification for that answer, so will the Lord. I strongly recommend that you obey the Lord; He is never wrong, to include when His decisions are controversial. Jesus is a righteous judge, and He instructed us to ‘Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.’ ~ John 7:24 (KJV) When it comes to marriages, many people erroneously assume all marriages were ordained by the Lord, and that both parties entered into the marriage willingly. As previously stated, some marriages were snares orchestrated by the devil to destroy a believer’s life and destiny. Similarly to the woman who was bound by a spirit of infirmity, the devil uses marriages to his children to bind children of God. Arguably, what is even worse is when he and his cohorts act as if the Lord is supposed to let them get away with their evil deeds. Jesus said, ‘What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.’ ~ Mark 10:9 (KJV) But that does not mean all marriages are of the Lord. A homosexual “marriage” is not of God yet it is a marriage that people can apply those same words to. Furthermore, many heterosexual marriages are not of the Lord either. In retrospect, many people who are in those ungodly marriages can now clearly see how the Lord tried to stop that union. In some cases, they knowingly disobeyed the Lord and now they know why He tried to stop them from getting married, without violating their free will.

 

Holy Spirit Led
The gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit IAW 1 Corinthians 12 and Galatians 5:22-23.

In the matter of a divorce, what happens if a professing Christian is in a homosexual “marriage” but then loses his or her homosexual desires. Should that person remain in the marriage because God hates divorce? Sometimes a commandment of the Lord will usurp another in a particular situation. That is a part of why every situation requires a holistic review, and most certainly the Lord’s judgment and guidance. In another scenario, so while God hates divorce, what happens if a married couple discovers they were first brother and sister before they became husband and wife? Scripture tells us that ‘The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.’ ~ Leviticus 18:9 (KJV) So which precept is going to be more applicable, God hating divorce or His commandment against incest? Or, should they remain married but stop having sex? The “mercy rule” is vital in times when God’s grace is needed, even in less extreme cases than those cited. In the cases the individual clearly heard from the Lord, possibly on the wedding day, to not get married, but he or she disobeyed Him and is now regretting that rebellious decision. Yet, even for those who knowingly rebelled against the Lord, He is merciful to forgive those who confess their sins, even if He does not make a way of escape from that marriage. The implementation of the “mercy rule” is solely at the Lord’s discretion.

The other aspect of marriage is that some people do not get married of their free will, which may cause the Lord to implement the “mercy rule”. Genesis 29 tells the horrific story of how Jacob was in love with Rachel but ended up marrying her older sister Leah instead. Jacob did everything that outwardly seemed as if he was in full agreement with the union, to include consummating the marriage. But as we know, Jacob woke up the following day, and when he came to his senses and saw the light, he knew he had married the wrong person, a woman he actually hated. Ladies and gentlemen, there are people who are as sinister as Leah’s father Laban, and as desperate as Leah, to use witchcraft to get a spouse. Witchcraft is a work of the flesh to cause a person to do something against his or her will (Galatians 5:19-21). In some cases, even though still a work of the flesh, witchcraft may involve the use of impure spirits to obtain that objective. Sadly, and even tragically, some people have gotten married to someone they felt was their God-ordained spouse. However, the ruse was because a devil pretended to be an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) and deceived one or both parties into getting married. Many ministers have fallen into the trap of joining people in what they call holy matrimony; yet oblivious to the fact they were helping to form a covenant with the devil. The “mercy rule” is a tool for the Lord to break those demonic covenants.

Some ministers have even counseled couples based on the fact that they are married without judging righteously. It is important to examine how the couple met and what fueled their decision to get married. A sign that a marriage is most likely not of the Lord is if both parties cannot (honestly) agree that the Lord ordained it. The person who says the relationship is not of the Lord may say he or she never had peace prior to the “union”. The individual may even report being physically and/or spiritually manipulated into believing the sense of Godly peace would come after getting married. However, in some cases, there was never any peace, and it became readily apparent that the marriage was a terrible mistake from the onset. By the way, the one who was ensnared into the marriage may be willing to get divorced, even if it means never getting remarried. Conversely, the other person may be vehemently opposed to getting divorced, despite how the other person feels. That latter individual may cite Scriptures to justify his or her opposition to getting divorced, and may thereby appear outwardly righteous. But sometimes just a little discernment will help to uncover a more sinister agenda. Even the devil used Scriptures in an attempt to mislead Jesus and derail His destiny (Luke 4:1-13). Also, lest not forget that Jesus chastised the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. They looked outwardly clean and righteous but were full of uncleanliness, extortion, excess, hypocrisy and iniquity (Matthew 23:25-28). Some people got and are in marriages as a result of extortion by a person who is a covert monster.

One of the signs of (true) love is being willing to let go. Be very mindful of a person who claims to not want to grant a divorce (if applicable) because it is a God-ordained union. Sometimes the marriage is idolatrous, and that individual would not be willing to let go, even if the Lord was simply testing the person like He did when He asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22). What Abraham was willing to do was what God eventually did. The Lord let go of what He loved the most. ‘For God so loved the world, that He GAVE His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ ~ John 3:16 (KJV) God gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, out of love. Be careful of anyone who claims to be in love but is unwilling to let the other person go. That form of idolatry may indicate why the Lord is choosing or chose to implement the “mercy rule” (see Exodus 20:3-6). Even the prostitute whose son was stolen by another woman was willing to give him up rather than for him to die. The other prostitute had no love for the child so she would have preferred to have the child killed so the other woman would suffer too. Be careful of a spouse who gets pleasure from seeing his or her partner suffer.

King Solomon’s wise decision regarding the case between the two prostitutes is symbolic of how the Lord separates fact from fiction (1 Kings 3:16-28). Both women were claiming to be the mother of the son, which was impossible, yet they each had a convincing story. If a man and a woman cannot agree on the source of their marriage, something is definitely wrong. When Abraham sent his servant to get a wife for his son Isaac, it was readily apparent to Rebekah’s family that it was of the Lord. The Lord made it known to them via one of His angels (Genesis 24). Always be discerning to look for the Lord’s hands in a union, if the Lord is absent then the devil is probably present. In another example, when Joseph was going to quietly divorce Mary, the Lord sent an angel to reassure Joseph that her pregnancy was of the Holy Spirit, and for him to take her as his wife (Matthew 1:18-25). Be careful when one spouse tries to convince the other, or you, that the relationship is of the Lord. That is a form of manipulation (witchcraft), especially when the Lord has not spoken to the other person directly, or even worse, when the Lord has made it clear but the other person is defying the Lord. Remember, ‘Can two walk together, except they be agreed?’ ~ Amos 3:3 (KJV) When you examine the story of how Elijah was taken to heaven, every prophet knew that was going to be Elijah’s last day. They were all of one accord, from Elijah to Elisha, and even the prophets they encountered in Bethel and Jericho (2 Kings 2).

 

"Labor Pains"

 

One of the signs that the Lord’s hands are in a relationship is peace. Jesus is the ‘Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9:6) who provides peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). I am confident that Hosea was at peace when the Lord made one of His many “controversial” decisions by telling the prophet to go and marry a promiscuous woman (Hosea 1:2). The same thing goes for an even more “controversial” decision when the Lord told Hosea to go and redeem the woman who had left him and was living with another man (Hosea 3). One of the things that made the Lord’s second decision so controversial was it seemingly contradicted the Law on divorce and remarriage (see Deuteronomy 24:1-4). But God’s decisions were based on Christ’s relationship with the Jews who would first reject Him but He would pay the price to redeem them (and us). So again, peace is one of the hallmarks of a God-ordained relationship, “for God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…” ~ 1 Corinthians 14:33 (KJV)

Another sign of an ungodly union is if the woman proposed to the man, or pressured him to marry her, to include feigning a pregnancy. When things go outside the Lord’s created order, look out for Jezebel and her father the devil. Ruth expressed an interest in Boaz but she never pursued him, it was he who pursued her (Ruth 3-4). It is “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.” ~ Proverbs 18:22 (KJV) While the Lord may bring a woman to a man, as was the case with Eve and Adam (Genesis 2), and Rebekah and Isaac (Genesis 24), He is not going to have a woman chase a man. A marriage that starts outside of God’s divine order does not have to worry about trying to keep devils out because they are already in it. A good rule of thumb is anything that starts wrong will probably end wrong. Whenever you look at a relationship, and especially a marriage, start with the foundation.

The Lord sees and knows all, which is why He may implement the “mercy rule” to extricate His son or daughter from a marriage that was from the devil. The Lord takes divorce seriously because He takes marriages very seriously. However, sometimes the “mercy rule” is implemented to prevent Him from losing one of His sons or daughters to the devil. King Solomon started off on the right track, like his father David, but he married women the Lord had commanded the Israelites not to marry. The Lord had forbidden marrying those people because He knew they would turn the Israelites’ hearts away from Him. Solomon, a king who had encounters with the Lord, began worshipping idols and made places of worship for them, because he was involved in ungodly unions. Do you really think the Lord would have objected to Solomon divorcing those women, or simply sending them away (which would have been worse for them because they could not remarry while he was still alive), in an effort to preserve his relationship with the Lord? [Take another break to catch your breath after that one also…] Keep in mind that king Solomon’s ungodly unions with believers in other gods caused a rift in his relationship with the Lord. The rift even resulted in a rift in the country that became the divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah (1 Kings 11). The “mercy rule” is meant to avert a worse disaster as a result of an ungodly union.

One of the many reasons why the Lord allowed Jacob and Leah’s union to stand was because she was going to help give birth to a nation. Leah gave birth to six sons who would be the six patriarchs of the tribes that formed the nation of Israel. Also, even though the Lord could have worked around it, they had consummated the marriage. The term consummate means to make a marriage legally complete through sexual intercourse. By the way, without getting too graphic, in today’s age, I need to elaborate that sexual intercourse refers to a man’s primary sex organ entering into a woman’s primary sex organ in a manner that could result in reproduction.

I mentioned Solomon’s ungodly marriages and there were other similar cases, but those Israelites handled it differently. The Israelites put away (divorced) their foreign wives and their children when they realized those unions had put them at enmity with God (Ezra 9-10). Some marriages are of the devil because he knows the marriage will have serious negative impacts on the person’s relationship with the Lord. By the way, we know that marrying an unbeliever is called being unequally yoked, but the same may apply to marrying a believer if your God-ordained destinies will take you in opposite directions. In addition, it is one thing to marry an unbeliever. But it is even worse to marry someone who believes in another god, a god he or she may be more committed to than you are to your God. That marriage will be steeped in spiritual warfare because only one god will reign supreme in a marriage. Every god is jealous and possessive, and the true and living God will not yield His glory to another. For as He said, ‘I AM the Lord: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images.’ ~ Isaiah 42:8 (KJV) In addition, the apostle Paul stated, “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV) Sometimes it is impossible for two people to get along because their gods won’t get along, especially when one serves the true and living God. One of the reasons why the Lord sent the prophet Hosea to get his unfaithful wife was to symbolize Him redeeming Israel from other gods, so he paid the price to redeem her (Hosea 3:1-2). So Christ, having paid the price to redeem His children, is not going to let devils keep those who belong to Him.

 

Round 2: The Battle Continues...
A collection of poetry on life’s battles, to include cancer.

The “mercy rule” is an extreme measure, one the Lord uses sparingly, but He can and does use it. Sometimes the Lord knows that if two people stay together it will end in a homicide, suicide, or a murder-suicide. It is a difficult thing to deal with telling two people to stay together because God hates divorce, and then the marriage ends in bloodshed, something the Lord was trying to prevent. In some cases, the one who ends up committing murder is the one the Lord was trying to extract from the marriage, His son or daughter. You may be annoyed with me referring to some people as the Lord’s sons and daughters. However, despite being God’s creations, we are not all his sons and daughters. Keep in mind that Jesus said:

 

  • ‘Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.’ ~ John 8:44 (KJV)

 

  • ‘Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.’ ~ Matthew 23:15 (KJV)

 

Please do not mistake this dissertation as an argument for getting divorced, especially under frivolous conditions. This is more of an argument for taking marriage seriously, having a relationship with the Lord, and to lessen the possibly of being deceived and remaining deceived. But just in case you get snared, maybe the Lord will impose the “mercy rule”, as was the case when He found a way of escape for the lady who had been caught committing adultery, a transgression for which her and her lover should have been lawfully executed (John 8:1-11). Yet the Lord, even though He did not condone her behavior, He did not condemn her for it either. Instead, Jesus told her to go and sin no more. Those the Lord has forgiven of much tend to love Him even more for extending that grace and mercy to them. I begin to close with the following reminders of God’s love, as exemplified through His mercy and grace, which is the inspiration for what I have been calling, the “mercy rule”:

 

  • “And theLord descended in the cloud, and stood with him [Moses] there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord.And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.’” ~ Exodus 34:5-7 (KJV)

 

  • “And He said, ‘I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of theLord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.’” ~ Exodus 33:19 (KJV)

 

  • ‘I even I, AM He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.’ ~ Isaiah 43:25 (KJV)

 

  • ‘For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.’ ~ Hebrews 8:12 (KJV)

 

If you know the Lord has extended the “mercy rule” to you, and like the woman who was caught committing adultery, you know He rescued you from certain death or another form of calamity. Even though the Lord may have washed your sins away, you will have to wrestle with condemnation from devils. Those stubborn devils would love to make you feel condemned to the point where you would even return to what the Lord rescued you from. Please, don’t fall for that because you will most likely end up in a worse position than before. In addition, the Lord may not be as merciful in the future because you would be operating in willing disobedience against Him. The Pharisees were correct in the judgment for the woman under the Law, even though they did not mention the same judgment applied to the man based on Leviticus 20:10. But one of the things that counted against them was they were violating another Law by tempting Jesus (God), as a way to accuse Him (John 8:6). The Pharisees seemed righteous but they were being hypocrites, which is something that displeases the Lord. So, while they were focused on the woman committing adultery, and trying to use it as a snare against the Lord, Jesus was more focused on their hypocrisy and them violating the Law which states, ‘Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God…’ ~ Deuteronomy 6:16 (KJV) The Pharisees seemed holy but their actions were of the devil, about whom the following Scripture says, ‘…the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.’ ~ Revelation 12:10 (KJV)

When the Lord forgives you, He truly forgives you. When the accusers come along, keep in mind that “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” ~ Romans 8:1-2 (KJV)

A Test of My Faith
Endure life’s fiery trials.

 

Notes: Despite the length of this discourse, it only featured some of the things the Lord may use when determining the outcome of your case. Jesus is a righteous judge, and He will judge your case accordingly. Again, the “mercy rule” is not for frivolous divorces. I implore you to seek the Lord before getting married and follow those instructions, even if He gives them at the last minute. A cancelled wedding is better than a scheduled divorced. There is room at the cross for those who are going through a divorce, and it is not an unforgiveable sin, but let us work together by preventing divorces by preventing ill-advised marriages. There were people who knew Laban was about to deceive Jacob into marrying Leah, yet they said nothing. As a result, Leah ended up in a marriage with a man who hated her. She suffered the consequences for her desperate and deceptive actions by being condemned to a life of misery. So please, if you see something, say something. Divorce is a major problem in the world, to include in the church. Many marriages end before the photographer and/or videographer finish editing the files from the wedding day. Sometimes the wedding officiant knows the couple is not right for each other yet proceeds with the ceremony… So many things factor into people getting divorced, to include like when Leah married Jacob even though he was in love with Rachel. You may recall Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. The Lord said the man she was with was not her husband (John 4:16-18). Many people are in a similar situation because they are married to someone whose heart truly belongs to another, which is why the marriage was in trouble since its inception. But that is something for another discussion… So while the Lord hates divorce, I for one believe that it grieves Him when He sees two people who are about to get into a marriage with disaster written all over it. Particularly when the devil is about to put one of His sons or daughters in bondage. While marriage is a covenant, sometimes a person is making a covenant with a devil instead of a person and the Lord. As a result, the “mercy rule” allows the Lord’s sons or daughters to divorce the devil and break every covenant they knowingly or unknowingly entered into with him.

If the Lord has extended the “mercy rule to you regarding an ill-advised “marriage”, you should be able to relate to the following:

 ‘Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: BUT TO WHOM LITTLE IS FORGIVEN, THE SAME LOVETH LITTLE.’ And He said unto her, THY SINS ARE FORGIVEN.’ ~ Luke 7:47-48 (KJV)

Anatomy of a Heartbreak: When SAMson met Delilah
A narrative of recovering from heartbreak and reaching Jesus in the process.

 

Bonus Material 

 

“Setting The Captives Free”

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘What sorrow awaits you women who are ensnaring the souls of My people, young and old alike. You tie magic charms on their wrists and furnish them with magic veils. Do you think you can trap others without bringing destruction on yourselves? You bring shame on Me among My people for a few handfuls of barley or a piece of bread. By lying to My people who love to listen to lies, you kill those who should not die, and you promise life to those who should not live.’

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘I AM against all your magic charms, which you use to ensnare My people like birds. I will tear them from your arms, setting My people free like birds set free from a cage. I will tear off the magic veils and save My people from your grasp. They will no longer be your victims. Then you will know that I AM the Lord. You have discouraged the righteous with your lies, but I didn’t want them to be sad. And you have encouraged the wicked by promising them life, even though they continue in their sins. Because of all this, you will no longer talk of seeing visions that you never saw, nor will you make predictions. For I will rescue My people from your grasp. Then you will know that I AM the Lord.’” ~ Ezekiel 13:18-23 (NLT)

On that note, I present the following videos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Aloe Ministries: “Glorifying God. Exposing the devil.”

 

Covenants  

Please, do not take covenants lightly. In addition, there is a price to pay for entering into an agreement (covenant) that is based on deception, in part because deception is a form of witchcraft. Both the deceived and the deceiver will have hell to pay, metaphorically and literally. An agreement (covenant) that is based on deception is of the devil, and he will cause both parties to suffer. When the Gibeonites (Hivites) deceived the Israelites into entering into a covenant with them, which was against the Lord’s command to utterly destroy the inhabitants of the Promised Land, to include the Hivites (Deuteronomy 20:17), they brought a curse upon themselves and their descendants (Joshua 9:22-23). Unfortunately, one of the mistakes the Israelites made was to enter into the covenant without consulting with the Lord about the true identity of the deceptively cloaked Gibeonites. We also see the negative impacts of a deceitful covenant based on how Leah deceived Jacob into marrying her (Genesis 29-30). Also, in addition to Leah’s years of personal suffering, keep in mind what happened to their daughter Dinah (Genesis 34).

Survival
Survival

 

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” ~ Galatians 6:7-8 (KJV) For as much as I can speak about how Leah and her father Laban deceived Jacob into getting into that marriage, lest not forget that previously, Jacob’s mother Rebekah had convinced him to deceive his father Isaac so he could get his older brother Esau’s blessing (Genesis 27). Every seed reproduces after its kind, so be careful of the seeds you sow (Genesis 1:11-12, Matthew 7:15-20, etc.). Many people are weeping because they are reaping what they sowed, and the consequences may span generations. Lest not forget that your children will reap from what you have sown. Sadly, some people willingly bring curses upon themselves, and even their offspring, as was the case in the following example:

“When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, ‘I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.’ Then answered all the people, and said, ‘His blood be on us, and on our children.’ Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.” ~ Matthew 27:24-26 (KJV)

6, 3, 40, Forever

I would be remiss if I did not state that if you entered into a covenant with the devil, whether knowingly or unknowingly, willingly or unwillingly, if you seek the Lord, you will find Him. Yet, I must also warn you that the devil will try to do everything within his power to hold you to that covenant, but don’t let him. God is not going to hold you to a covenant you made with the devil because He is “…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” ~ 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) Keep in mind, ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son [Jesus], that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.’ ~ John 3:16-17 (KJV) And, ‘If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.’ ~ John 8:36 (KJV)

I close with the following reminders:

  • ‘No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.’ ~ Jesus (Matthew 6:24 KJV)

 

  • “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)

 

  • “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, ‘I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate’, saith the Lord, ‘and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters’, saith the Lord Almighty.” ~ 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (KJV)

 

  • “…The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” ~ 1 John 1:7 (KJV)

God, The Love of My Life (2)

 

 

Bonus Material: 

“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 1 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/eISTMrktxcs

 

“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 2 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/g-hAFrZg9P4

 

“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 3 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/dVS3FkYEgVk

 

Witchcraft in Christianity: https://youtu.be/LipzCfedhZY

 

Marriage: God-ordained vs. God-endorsed: https://youtu.be/Goc8vsaTWNw

 

Spiritual Warfare Prayers: Restoration of Relationship (Marriage): https://youtu.be/PFN1AEUGVJI

 

“Setting The Captives Free”

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘What sorrow awaits you women who are ensnaring the souls of My people, young and old alike. You tie magic charms on their wrists and furnish them with magic veils. Do you think you can trap others without bringing destruction on yourselves? You bring shame on Me among My people for a few handfuls of barley or a piece of bread. By lying to My people who love to listen to lies, you kill those who should not die, and you promise life to those who should not live.’

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘I AM against all your magic charms, which you use to ensnare My people like birds. I will tear them from your arms, setting My people free like birds set free from a cage. I will tear off the magic veils and save My people from your grasp. They will no longer be your victims. Then you will know that I AM the Lord. You have discouraged the righteous with your lies, but I didn’t want them to be sad. And you have encouraged the wicked by promising them life, even though they continue in their sins. Because of all this, you will no longer talk of seeing visions that you never saw, nor will you make predictions. For I will rescue My people from your grasp. Then you will know that I AM the Lord.’” ~ Ezekiel 13:18-23 (NLT)

On that note, I present “Relationship Reality Check: Ungodly Marriages, Godly Divorces” (https://youtu.be/I68YT8KLu_E)

 

Dark heARTS  

I recently received an assignment regarding apostolic authority, with respect to combatting the dark arts. It was confirmation that my recent studies are in accordance with the Lord’s will. The studies are ongoing, but I am taking some time to share the following preliminary findings. I venture say this is not where you would expect me to start on such a topic. Today’s focus is on professing Christians who are either knowingly or unknowingly practicing the dark arts.

It is easy to say dark hearts practice the dark arts. However, the devil will lure those with broken, prideful, deceived, lonely, or any other heart malady into the dark arts. There are different levels and points of entry into the occult. Some people were dedicated into the occult as babies, or even before conception, but others got into the occult later in life. For example, those who were hurt and made a vow that no one would ever hurt them again. We know the Lord is close to the brokenhearted, but the devil will also try to exploit such an opportunity. If you have made such a vow, it is important to know that you cannot control who may try to hurt you. In addition, the moment you decide to take control of things, especially the actions of others, you have just extended an invitation to the devil for demonic assistance. Arguably, on its basic level, witchcraft is the employment of methods to control and/or manipulate others, to include by using Scriptures, but it can become demonic. You may initially try to do a seemingly noble thing by preventing people from hurting you. Yet, even that includes keeping them in subjection to your will instead of their own will, or, the Lord’s will for their lives. The preventative aspects tend to become retaliatory by trying to hurt those who hurt you, even though vengeance is the Lord’s. When you give the devil a foothold in your life he will turn it into a stronghold. That is a part of why it is so important to cast down vain imaginations (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Breakthrough: When Jesus Sets You Free
Breakthrough: When Jesus Sets You Free

Anytime you start working against another mentally capable adult’s free will, you are engaging in witchcraft. I say that again, anytime you start working against another mentally capable adult’s free will, you are engaging in witchcraft. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, one of the things He said was, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.’ ~ Matthew 6:10 (KJV) Jesus spoke of the Heavenly Father’s will being done. The Lord epitomized that in Gethsemane when He was grieved unto death prior to His crucifixion, and He asked the Heavenly Father to remove the cup from Him (Matthew 26:38-44). But Jesus relented by basically saying, not His will but the Father’s will be done. Many professing Christians are lording over the lives of others by imposing their will, regardless of what God thinks. Consequently, to some degree, they are engaging in the dark arts.

One of the ways professing Christians engage in the dark arts is via prayers, sometimes even seemingly Godly prayers. Do not think it strange when witches try to infiltrate a religious organization that they try to become intercessors, or, they use the intercessors. Many hardcore occultists know and use the Bible, sometimes to the shame of many Christians. A common, yet oftentimes overlooked, example of a “witchcraft” prayer is asking the Lord to restore a marriage, after all, God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). With that being said, people may delve into prayer without first trying to determine the Lord’s will. Few can fathom the thought that the Lord may have had reasons for allowing the union to dissolve, with no intention of bringing them back together. Let us take some time to examine that statement.

Ahab was an evil king, but he became worse after marrying Jezebel (1 Kings 16:30-33). Do you think the Lord would have objected to Ahab putting her away if that was what it took to build a relationship with the Lord? Let me add this, Jezebel was seemingly the most influential but she was not the only woman in the king’s life, as evidenced by his 70 sons (2 Kings 10:1). Now back to the matter of Ahab possibly putting away or even divorcing Jezebel; yes, there is a difference. Take note of when Elijah prophesied about Ahab and Jezebel’s death. Ahab humbled himself before the Lord and repented, but Jezebel did not (1 Kings 21:17-29). Jezebel is the type to stick to his/her faith until the end (1 Kings 19:1-2). That is a part of why Jesus described some people as being sheep while the others are goats (Matthew 25:31-46). They are both God’s creations, they may look and sound alike, graze in the same pasture (church) under the same shepherd (pastor), but the Good Shepherd is coming to divide them.

King Solomon was in a similar situation to Ahab. Even though the Lord is against plural marriages, He allowed it in times past. So, Solomon’s 1,000 wives and concubines was not what caused him to lose favor with the Lord. On the contrary, it was the ones who led him to worship other gods (1 Kings 11). Solomon, the one the Lord chose to build His temple, also built places to worship other gods. The devil still tries to get Christians to marry his sons and daughters in an effort to destroy their relationship with, and work for, the Lord… While this is not an argument for divorce, it simply illustrates how those kings would have been better off putting away or divorcing their mates to save their relationship with the Lord. We see an example of that in the following:

“Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore. And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, ‘We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the Law.’” ~ Ezra 10:1-3 (KJV)

A Place Called Hell

Many people have made marriage into an idol. As a result, they will use you to help them pray to obtain, retain, or regain that idol; one the Lord never wanted them to have. So please, whenever you receive a prayer request, ensure you pray for the Lord’s will to be done instead of a person’s. Many people think they are praying to the Lord but they are conjuring impure spirits instead. There are some prayers the Lord will not listen to or answer (Jeremiah 7:16, 11:14, 14:11-12), which is where the devils come in. Also, please keep the following in mind:

“From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” ~ James 4:1-3 (KJV)

Learn to recognize the idols in your own heart and the hearts of others. As a general guideline, whatever you think about or pursue more than the Lord, that is an idol. Do not consume your time with praying for the Lord to give you or someone else an idol. When the Lord allows you to have an idol, it is going to teach you a very harsh lesson.

God, The Love of My Life (2)

Leah knew Jacob did not love her, yet she was willing to do what it took to get him and keep him (Genesis 29-30). Jacob was her idol and her crushed her. Please examine her reactions after she had given birth to Jacob’s first four sons:

“And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, ‘Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.’

And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, ‘Because the Lord hath heard I was hated, He hath therefore given me this son also’: and she called his name Simeon.

And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, ‘Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons’: therefore was his name called Levi.

And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, ‘Now will I praise the Lord’: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.” ~ Genesis 32-35 (KJV)

If what I am about to say about Leah seems coldhearted, I am. I do not tolerate witchcraft, especially when used to destroy another person’s life in an effort to advance one’s own ungodly objectives. I also know there are Christians who are patiently waiting on their God-ordained spouse, like how Rachel waited for seven years, but then people used witchcraft to block or delay that union. Also, a part of exerting apostolic authority is letting the Holy Spirit of the Lord lead you instead of your emotions. Many people will beg Jesus to not send them to hell, but His decision may seem coldhearted because it will not be based on emotions. The Lord blessed Leah (with children). But, He never let her feelings cause Him to turn Jacob’s heart away from his beloved Rachel to her instead; God is just. Yet, some professing Christians are using witchcraft in an effort to turn another person’ heart, a violation of their free will. The Lord saw Leah’s afflictions, but He also saw how she got into that position. Again, God is just.

Leah said the right thing after giving birth to Judah, which seemingly indicated she had released Jacob from being the idol of her heart. However, Jacob was still an idol in her heart as evidenced by the following: “And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son. And Leah said, ‘God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons’: and she called his name Zebulun.” ~ Genesis 30:19-20 (KJV) That demonstrates how people struggle once they have an idol in their heart, which is why some people struggle to move on after a relationship ends. Why would Leah try so hard to obtain the love of a man who was clearly in love with another woman, and she knew he hated her?

Jesus said, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’ ~ Matthew 22:37 (KJV) It is impossible to love the Lord in such a manner when you have an idol in your heart, especially while using witchcraft to obtain, retain, or regain it. If you find yourself, or someone else, pursuing an idol in such a way, the door is wide open to engaging in the dark arts, and the practitioner will even use the Word of the Lord to justify it.

Humble Pie
The Lord exalts the humble.

Idolatry is one of the precursors for witchcraft. Apostolic authority will break your heart because it will crush your idol and possibly you. Apostolic authority is about examining the root instead of simply the fruit. Leah actually had the nerve at one point to accuse Rachel of stealing her husband (Genesis 30:15). On the surface, that seems as if it was the case because Jacob had married Leah first. However, upon further examination, the record shows Jacob had made a covenant with their father Laban to work for seven years to marry Rachel (Genesis 29:18). It was via witchcraft that Jacob married Leah first, or even at all. So, rather than being empathetic to someone like Leah, a rebuke is more appropriate. Sadly, many people use Leah as an example of thinking if they can get someone into a relationship, especially a marriage, that if/when the spell is broken, the relationship will last and they will have a fairy tale ending. But let me clear up some confusion, which is one of the signs of being under a witchcraft attack. Leah suffered as a result of her witchcraft, the confusion she sowed in Jacob’s life is something she reaped in her own life. When Jacob consummated the marriage, he thought he was making love to his beloved Rachel. Every time he had sex with Leah afterwards, she would be able to discern that Jacob’s actions towards her were not loving like the first time, when he thought she was Rachel. She also had to live with the fact that Jacob was giving Rachel the intimacy she had only gotten once. Then to add to Leah’s emotional confusion, Jacob kept having sex with her even though he did not love her, and he was not cleaving to her. Leah’s plight is a potent reminder to Christians to not engage in the dark arts, they may get what they want but not like what they got. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” ~ Galatians 6:7-8 (KJV) Another aspect of having apostolic authority is to confront and expose corruption, especially in the body of believers. Apostolic authority includes shining the Light in dark places, particularly in professing temples of the Holy Spirit (see 2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

One of the devices of the enemy is to form covenants with people, to include getting them into a demonically arranged union instead of a God-ordained one. Take note of how Laban and Leah used deception to get Jacob into a covenant, even though it violated the previous covenant. The devil will use ungodly means in an effort to ensnare you in a (seemingly) Godly covenant. It is important to discern whom a person truly made a covenant with, whether it is with God or the devil. Moreover, take a look at how the Lord may choose to honor His covenant, despite what you and/or the devil may have done. For example, the Lord promised Abraham and Sarah a child, but the birth of Ishmael, through Hagar, did not nullify the Lord’s promise. The Lord said He would bless Ishmael, but He was going to keep His covenant with the promised child, Isaac (Genesis 17). The apostle Paul summarized that quandary, and the Lord’s solution, in the following manner:

“For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise… Nevertheless what saith the scripture? ‘Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.’” ~ Galatians 4:22-23, 30 (KJV)

Never confuse a work of the flesh with the work of the Holy Spirit. More on the work of the flash later… God is just and the way He implements His justice may surprise many people (see Isaiah 55:8-11, John 8:1-11, etc.).

On Trial A Test of My Faith_1

Many people have been deceived, to include via false prophecies, into thinking someone is his or her God-ordained spouse. One of the consequences is they will try to get or keep that person by any mean’s necessary, to include witchcraft. Never take a person’s words at face value. And that brings up a similar issue when Paul and Silas encountered the woman with a spirit of divination (Acts 16:16-19). Sadly, many prophetic people have either opened themselves up to familiar spirits, or, it was the source of their gift and calling to begin with. Do not let anyone pull on you to prophesy, to include you wanting to show off your gift. Those acts make room for devils to operate in your life, and you and others in your presence may not even realize it. What the spirit, through the woman, said about the men was correct. They were servants of the Most High God who were there to show them the way to salvation. It/she continued saying that for many days. However, despite telling the truth, Paul became grieved in his spirit and recognized the demon in her and cast it out. It may take some time, but having apostolic authority includes being able to recognize when dark is masquerading as light, and then confronting it. Do not be fooled by a person who prophesies accurately because they may do so with impure spirits and the wrong motives. The Lord still commanded the death of accurate false prophets, in part because of idolatry (Deuteronomy 13:1-5). I hope you have noticed a theme of idolatry throughout this discourse. Witchcraft is a form of idolatry, to include exalting the god of self.

An idol will have an evil altar dedicated to it, a point of embarkation/contact for witchcraft. For example, going to a person’s social media page and projecting evil thoughts towards them is a form of witchcraft, especially if there is a soul tie… Sometimes the evil altar is brought into the house of God when people decide to intercede against God’s will, and thereby conjure impure spirits to seemingly do a Godly thing. Judgment begins in the house of God. As a result, before addressing what dedicated occultist like Jezebel do, I had to address professing Christians who are in error and danger of hell fire. Having apostolic authority means confronting evil, especially in what should be temples of the Holy Spirit. Lest not forget:

 

  • “Now the WORKS OF THE FLESH are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,IDOLATRY, WITCHCRAFT, HATRED, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” ~ Galatians 5:19-21 (KJV) I see the Holy Spirit’s wisdom in listing these three side-by-side: “…idolatry, witchcraft, hatred…” Again, idolatry is a precursor of witchcraft and hatred and/or jealousy adds fuel to the fire. Remember, Leah was jealous of her sister Rachel.

 

  • “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and SORCERERS, and IDOLATERS, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” ~ Revelation 21:8 (KJV)

 

It is a shame what some professing Christians are doing while using the Lord’s name. That is a part of why Jesus said, Not every one that saith unto Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.’ ~ Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)

Many Christians are engaging in the iniquity of witchcraft, and it is not very far off from what occultists are doing. Christians may not be sacrificing animals and intentionally conjuring impure spirits, but they have given themselves over to the devil by pursuing the idols of their hearts. One of the gateways is via prayers that are clearly against the Lord’s will, prayers that are focused on the lusts of their heart or another’s. When the devil sees that a person wants something badly enough, he will gladly help them (if possible), but it is going to cost them more than they are willing to pay. In the case of Leah, she got a husband but she did not get the love and was thereby treated like Jacob’s concubine. Joseph was Jacob’s twelfth child but eleventh son. Yet, Jacob treated Joseph like his firstborn, in part because he was the firstborn son of his beloved wife, Rachel (Genesis 30:22-24, 37, 48).

Also, keep in mind that David, a man after God’s own heart, succumbed to the lust of his eyes and flesh. Even though he had wives and concubines, he did what it took to get Bathsheba, simply to satisfy that lust (2 Samuel 11). For that moment, Bathsheba became an idol and it crushed him and his family. The following is an example of how no one is too anointed for the Lord to discipline, to include exposing the evil they do in the “dark”:

‘Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised Me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.’ Thus saith the Lord,’ Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. FOR THOU DIDST IT SECRETLY: BUT I WILL DO THIS THING BEFORE ALL ISRAEL, AND BEFORE THE SUN.’ And David said unto Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ And Nathan said unto David, ‘The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. HOWBEIT, BECAUSE BY THIS DEED THOU HAST GIVEN GREAT OCCASION TO THE ENEMIES OF THE LORD TO BLASPHEME, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.’ ~ 2 Samuel 12:10-14 (KJV)

Holy Spirit Led
The gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit IAW 1 Corinthians 12 and Galatians 5:22-23.

I could have focused on the occultists, but like how Jesus cracked the whip in the temple of God, I too had to begin in the house of God. Too many people are professing to love the Lord yet giving His enemies reasons to blaspheme Him. It is a serious issue when there is not real delineation between the holy and the profane, such as people who engage in what I call “prophetic witchcraft” or “Christian witchcraft”. Things get even worse when some people are confronted about their sins do not humble themselves, like David. But rather, they will use their titles and/or position in an attempt to justify their evil deeds. Some even quote when David said, ‘Touch not Mine Anointed, and do My prophets no harm.’ ~ Psalm 105:15/1 Chronicles 16:22 (KJV) Yet, David, the Lord’s anointed king, did not use those words in an effort to justify himself in response to Nathan’s rebuke. Also, the king did not claim that only another king could correct him. A person is climbing up a very slippery slope when he/she refuses to take correction, particularly when retaliation is chosen over repentance. David’s predecessor, Saul, was notorious for falsely repenting. The Lord tolerated many of his evil deeds, for years after He rejected him (1 Samuel 13). But the moment Saul engaged in witchcraft, he was truly done (1 Samuel 28). If you have ventured into the dark arts, even if out of ignorance, repent before it is too late. The consequences are greater if you have read to this point but remain defiant in the pursuit of your idol.

Maybe next time I will discuss how to discern when you are under witchcraft attack. I can tell you by experience, there have been times when the Holy Spirit allowed me to discern when people were praying against me. On the surface, the prayers seemed holy. However, there is a difference between prayers that cause the Lord to send an angel with the answer or guidance, as was the case with Daniel (Daniel 10), versus when devils try to enforce another person’s request. If you are not discerning, you could possibly make a decision, thinking the Lord had sent a storm after you, like Jonah, when it was actually devils pushing you into an ungodly situation.

The Mouth Speaks

With apostolic authority, there is a time to ask the Lord to forgive people because of their ignorance. Conversely, sometimes you have “To deliver such an one unto satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” ~ 1 Corinthians 5:5 (KJV) Paul wrote, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” ~ Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) Yet, look at the way he dealt with Elymas, the sorcerer (a false prophet), who resisted him and Barnabas by trying to prevent them from preaching the gospel to Sergius Paulus (Acts 13). But then again, Paul did not wrestle with Elymas; he basically knocked him out (“he layeth the smacketh downeth”). Those with apostolic authority, or are being groomed to receive it, do not tolerate wolves, whether in sheep’s or shepherd’s clothing. For as much as I spoke out about witchcraft in the pews, it comes from pulpits too. Which is similar to Balaam on the mountains, erecting altars above the Israelites, looking for a way to curse them (Numbers 22-23, Revelation 2:14). Those with apostolic authority will seek to destroy the works of darkness, to include those evil altars, instead of tolerating, or even worse, participating in it. I have said a lot and there is more I could say, but I close with the following:

  • “Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.” ~ Jude 11 (KJV)

 

  • “But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: AN HEART THEY HAVE EXERCISED WITH COVETOUS PRACTICES; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.” ~ 2 Peter 2:12-16 (KJV)

 

Do not gain the whole world (your idol) at the expense of forfeiting your soul. If you have gone astray, do not stay that way. Whatever you are doing, and regardless of when or where you are doing it, God is watching (Psalm 139).

RITW Cover
“Raised in the Wilderness: Rogue Reformers, Rallying the Remnant” is your guide to separating the prophetic from the pathetic.

P.S. See the following videos:

“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 1 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/eISTMrktxcs

“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 2 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/g-hAFrZg9P4

“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 3 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/dVS3FkYEgVk

Witchcraft in Christianity: https://youtu.be/LipzCfedhZY

 Marriage: God-ordained vs. God-endorsed: https://youtu.be/Goc8vsaTWNw

The Sound of a Fallen Tree
A collection of poetry about heartbreak.

Social Aloe Ministries: “Glorifying God. Exposing the devil.”

 

 

Tinder Kindling Firewood  

Some fires are easier to start than others, but the drawback is they won’t last long. Conversely, other fires are harder to start but they will last longer once they get going. Try setting fire, without using an accelerant, to some pine needles and then a log and see which is easier and which one lasts longer. Now, if you are trying to start a relationship, is it like setting pine needles or wood on fire? If your relationship ended, especially if it was short-lived and ended abruptly, I hope you are open enough to accept the fact that you were expecting pine needles to give you the more enduring effects of firewood.

When starting an outdoor fire, begin with a base of tinder, covered by kindling, with the firewood on top. Use the spark to light the tinder to ignite the kindling, which will in turn light the firewood. As a result, the fire starts small and burns through the more expendable items before it catches unto the firewood. Many relationships have failed because people tried lighting the firewood directly so the fire never truly got started. One person expected an inferno but the spark never even left a mark. Some people even tried starting a relationship where the spark was not transferable. It may have been like trying to light wet firewood because the person either was not ready to receive love, or did not want to receive the fire starter’s love.

So again, start with the tinder, which will quickly burn away and ignite the intermediary kindling, which will burn long enough to ignite the longer lasting firewood. It is similar to how 1 Corinthians 13:13 speaks of faith, hope and love, the greatest of which is love. The tinder represents faith, the kindling hope, and the firewood is love. Sometimes faith and hope will not produce love and you may have to move on to another type or batch of firewood. Keep in mind that fire warms and harms. So, if you are not careful, despite your very best intentions, and especially if your emotions get out of control, you may end up doing more harm than good, both to yourself and the other you may be trying to love. Out of control emotions make a dangerous accelerant to what could have been a heartwarming relationship. There is no rekindling a burnt bridge.

Cover of "Round 3: Still Fighting"
“Round 3: Still Fighting”, the follow-up collection of poetry to “Round 2: The Battle Continues…”

Social Aloe Ministries: “Glorifying God. Exposing the devil.”

 

 

Dissolution of Marriage  

There is no easy way to end a marriage. If divorce were easy, the Lord would not hate it (Malachi 2:16). Some may find that getting divorced broke everything yet fixed nothing. One of the best ways to prevent getting divorced is to avoid getting into an ill-advised marriage, and that is a plight for which I solicit your help.

Divorce ends the marriage but it does not end things such as co-parenting, child and/or “spousal support” payments, or having to deal with someone who is possessive and destructive. It also does not instantly end the love one person may still have for the other, or the previously shared hopes and dreams. By the way, isn’t it amazing how providing financial support to a former spouse is oftentimes referred to as “spousal support”, even though the marriage is over? In addition, not everyone is entitled to spousal support, and rightfully so. In accordance with Deuteronomy 24:1-4 and Ezra 10, getting divorced basically allowed people to remarry after being put away (receiving a writ of divorcement). Support ended upon the receipt of a writ of divorce, which is another part of the reason why the Lord hated it. It usually meant the woman was basically left out in the cold. And while it was easier for men to get remarried, a divorced woman was not the most desired at the time. In addition, some men had multiple wives, and even concubines. But even though the Lord allowed it, it was and still is His will for a man to only have one wife and vice versa (Mark 10:2-9).

If divorce is in your past, presence, or future, God hates divorce but He does not hate you; it is not an unpardonable sin. Sadly, whether they believed in God or not, many people (mostly women) have killed themselves as a way of escaping from a marriage, typically one that was not of their free will. There is hope for redemption after getting divorced but death is final. Like I started, there is no easy way to end a marriage, to include waiting or evoking “ ‘till death do us part”. Sadly, for some people, that seems to be the only way to end a marriage to them because they will not consent to a divorce. But their refusal to grant a divorce, as applicable, is an act of spite instead of love. Many people are living in truly miserable marriages, some of who went through with the marriage because those who could have sounded the alarm remained silent. They celebrated at the wedding even though they knew one person was about to be like a lamb to the slaughter.

Inevitably, divorce creates a wound. For some, the wound heals and barely leaves a scar, but even then, there is always a scar. On the other hand, some people get divorced and can be listed among the “walking wounded” or the “walking dead” because they never recover from it. Even years later, you would think their divorce was still being processed or only recently finalized. Some people are even holding on to the false hope of reconciliation. Yet, as noble as it may seem, the divorce may have been in part because of the way they treated their former spouse who they now seem to idolize. There is no formula for how long it takes to heal after getting divorced, but some factors will undoubtedly prolong the healing process. Some people get divorced after 10 years of marriage and recover within a year. Conversely, some people have spent years trying to heal from a marriage that lasted less than a year. Some people mourn getting divorced while others celebrate, like a prisoner who receives an 11th hour pardon prior to being executed. One of the major factors that make it hard for a person to heal after getting divorced is simply accepting the fact that the marriage is over. There is power in the judge’s pen. Whereas there are waiting periods before being able to appear in front of a judge to finalize a divorce in most places today, according to Deuteronomy 24:1-4, the man for example could have drafted a writ of divorcement the morning after the wedding and it would have been over in less than 24 hours. Needless to say, but I will point it out anyway, that was embarrassing, and in some cases, very hurtful.

So yes, there are many reasons to hate divorce. But I hope you will hate ill-advised marriages even more. And, if you are like me, you won’t be afraid to at least speak up in an effort to prevent those kinds of marriages from happening. I officiated one wedding in my life and I would not have done it if I had not seen the Lord’s hands in their union, in several ways, to include after the wedding. It has only been a few years but the couple is still together. Some marriages end before the photographer edits the photos. You may find this even more shocking, but some end without the marriage being consummated.

And again, there is no easy way to end a marriage. Some people think getting an annulment is easy but opt for a divorce instead… The dissolution of a marriage is never easy so please do your part to at least try to prevent ill-advised marriages. Whenever you hear me communicate anything regarding divorce, please note that my real target is ill-advised marriages. As the saying goes, “If you see something, say something.” Please, do not let one or even two people suffer in an ill-advised marriage.

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A narrative of recovering from heartbreak and reaching Jesus in the process.

Social Aloe Ministries: “Glorifying God. Exposing the devil.”

 

Bonus Material:

“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 1 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/eISTMrktxcs

 

“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 2 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/g-hAFrZg9P4

 

“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 3 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/dVS3FkYEgVk

 

Witchcraft in Christianity: https://youtu.be/LipzCfedhZY

 

Marriage: God-ordained vs. God-endorsed: https://youtu.be/Goc8vsaTWNw

 

Spiritual Warfare Prayers: Restoration of Relationship (Marriage): https://youtu.be/PFN1AEUGVJI

 

“Setting The Captives Free”

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘What sorrow awaits you women who are ensnaring the souls of My people, young and old alike. You tie magic charms on their wrists and furnish them with magic veils. Do you think you can trap others without bringing destruction on yourselves? You bring shame on Me among My people for a few handfuls of barley or a piece of bread. By lying to My people who love to listen to lies, you kill those who should not die, and you promise life to those who should not live.’

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘I AM against all your magic charms, which you use to ensnare My people like birds. I will tear them from your arms, setting My people free like birds set free from a cage. I will tear off the magic veils and save My people from your grasp. They will no longer be your victims. Then you will know that I AM the Lord. You have discouraged the righteous with your lies, but I didn’t want them to be sad. And you have encouraged the wicked by promising them life, even though they continue in their sins. Because of all this, you will no longer talk of seeing visions that you never saw, nor will you make predictions. For I will rescue My people from your grasp. Then you will know that I AM the Lord.’” ~ Ezekiel 13:18-23 (NLT)

On that note, I present “Relationship Reality Check: Ungodly Marriages, Godly Divorces” (https://youtu.be/I68YT8KLu_E)

 

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