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Tears of a Saint

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My heart hurts. The tears flow. I don’t know how to stop the evil in our world. I have begun to doubt that God is really in control. How can He be when the most innocent of innocent are slaughtered at the hands of the most evil and vile of what is known as human beings? How can the Highest of Highest stand by and allow these monsters called intelligent beings rip from the womb the most innocent of His?

My heart cries and there seems to be no answers. I scream, “Come Lord Jesus, come and stop this madness!” Yet I see Him not on the clouds of heaven racing toward earth to save us from the insanity that has crossed this land.

Is He in control? I have to remind myself through faith because He died on the cross to save us. I have to hang  onto the faith that He has instilled within me through His Holy Spirit and the trials and tribulations that He has brought me through. I have to hang on to His promises.

Can I finish this race with confidence that I will see Him in Paradise? Can I rest assured that He will greet me with open arms because my thoughts are so confused and the enemy invades. The doubts, the fears, the anger, and the hope, are all  intermingled with the tears streaming down my cheeks.

There is a Rock and a Life line that I must cling to or drown in this sea of evil, pure unadulterated evil! Can I make it that long? Can I hang on long enough to hear the trumpet sound?

I hope so.

I have to.

I will!

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Psalm 46:1 – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

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In every Christian’s life there will be times when we just cannot understand what is taking place within our world. Doubts can and will arise and it is then that the enemy will invade and convince us, or try to convince us, that all we have believed is wrong. That we have been fed a pack of lies and we can no longer trust what is truth. If we allow those thoughts to take root we will lose all hope. We will lose the strength and perseverance that the Lord gives us. We must cling to the Word of God and cling to His promises. Don’t allow a lack of understanding to squelch the truth of God and all that He is and all of Who He is. Stand strong on the faith that has been instilled through the Holy Spirit and lean not on your own understanding.

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The Heavens are Angry

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Jan. 24, 2019 11:37 a.m.

The heavens are angry and My wrath shall be poured out. My children are crying, their hearts are ripped apart. For good reason!

Listen up My children for the day of redemption is very near. Pray as you have never prayed before, for the enemy has taken control of those who serve him.

Listen not to human reasoning for the human mind is corrupt. Proof of this is in the latest of laws in your country and My wrath shall be as no one has ever seen.

Take heed you heathens from hell for your days are numbered. You think you have conquered Me but you have seen nothing. Laugh and rejoice at your evil attempts to control what is mine. You shall see the fires of hell in a split second so beware of what you have done.

Your time on earth will soon close and all of eternity faces you. Pray My children. My little ones will be with Me but for now let the tears flow and your hearts will be healed.

Thus sayeth the Lord.

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Characteristics of a Trafficker

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It’s human trafficking awareness month, and today we’re looking at common characteristics of a trafficker. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with this list… and share it with your tweens and teens. Be sure to encourage them to talk to you if they ever find themselves in a relationship with someone who shows any of these characteristics.

Common characteristics of a trafficker (male or female):
– Seems to come out of nowhere, with no ties to others in your community
– Jealous, controlling, violent
– Significantly older than the intended victim and those already in their grasp
– Makes promises that are too good to be true
– Encourages victims to achieve their goals by engaging in illegal activities
– Buys expensive gifts
– Vague about their profession
– Pushy or demanding about sex
– Encourages inappropriate sexual behavior
– Talks openly about financial matters. Makes their victim feel responsible for trafficker’s financial instability.

**Please keep in mind that this is a list of things often seen in traffickers but is by no means a catch-all list. A trafficker may show none of these signs. Likewise someone may show all these characteristics and not be a trafficker. Always trust your instincts!

If you or someone you know has been victimized by a trafficker, these resources are available 24/7:
* StreetLightUSA Hotline: 1-623-377-9062
* BeFree Textline: Text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE)
* National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
* National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678

 

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The Importance of Setting Boundaries in Your Life

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Many people believe that it is selfish to set boundaries.

However, it is important for you to set boundaries in your personal life and professional life. There are many ways that you can benefit from setting personal and professional boundaries.

Save Stress 

If you do not set boundaries at home or at work, then you will quickly find yourself getting overwhelmed. You may end up being drained and not having any energy to do anything else. If you set boundaries, then you will be able to reduce your stress.

Your Own Needs and Met 

When you constantly put other people before yourself, you will likely neglect your own needs. Setting boundaries is one of the keys to making sure that your emotional and physical needs are met. You are more likely to get your needs met if you ask other people for help.

More Compassionate 

Many people think that setting boundaries is unfair and mean.

However, it can actually have the opposite effect. In fact, psychologists have found that people who set boundaries are more compassionate.

Letting people know about what is and is not okay is respectful and kind.

Better Relationships 

Setting boundaries will allow you to have better relationships with everyone around you. Conflict is less likely to occur if everyone already knows what is acceptable. You will have a more peaceful environment in the home and the workplace. Everyone will be happier as a result of this.

Less Resent and Anger 

If there are no boundaries, then people will likely start to walk all over you. This will cause you to feel angry and resentful.

However, if you communicate to ensure that your needs are being met, then you will likely have less anger and resentment.

Peace of Mind 

You will be able to avoid letting people take advantage of you if you set boundaries. This will give you peace of mind. You will be less likely to suffer verbal and emotional abuse at the hands of anyone if the boundaries are already there.

More Time and Energy 

Being a person that says yes to everything and everyone can be draining. However, you will have more time and energy if you set boundaries. If you say no to people and things that drain you down, then you will be able to spend time doing more of the things that you love. As a result of this, you will be happier and healthier.

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Liberals Furious! Johns Hopkins Chief Psychiatrist: Transgender Is A ‘Mental Disorder’

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Liberals Furious! Johns Hopkins Chief Psychiatrist: Transgender Is A ‘Mental Disorder’

A prominent psychiatrist, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Paul R McHugh, claims that transgender individuals suffer from a form of mental illness and that Gender Reassignment is “biologically impossible.”

On the heels of the American College of Pediatrics Reaching the Decision that Transgenderism of Children is Child Abuse (click and read!), people are melting downeverywhere!

To be clear – people should be treated very seriously when attempting to rectify their feelings with surgery or dangerous hormone treatments because they do need help and fast. Can people reasonably disagree about a cure?

Can people also agree that children should not be making these choices?

Dr, McHugh also states that people who endorse gender reassignment are in fact supporting a mental disorder.

According to CNS News:

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins…

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Five Indicators of An Evil and Wicked Heart

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As Christian counselors, pastors and people helpers we often have a hard time discerning between an evil heart and an ordinary sinner who messes up, who isn’t perfect, and full of weakness and sin.

I think one of the reasons we don’t “see” evil is because we find it so difficult to believe that evil individuals actually exist.  We can’t imagine someone deceiving us with no conscience, hurting others with no remorse, spinning outrageous fabrications to ruin someone’s reputation, or pretending he or she is spiritually committed yet has no fear of God before his or her eyes.

The Bible clearly tells us that among God’s people there are wolves that wear sheep’s clothing (Jeremiah 23:14; Titus 1:10; Revelations 2:2). It’s true that every human heart is inclined toward sin (Romans 3:23), and that includes evil (Genesis 8:21; James 1:4).  We all miss God’s mark of moral perfection.  However, most ordinary sinners do not happily indulge evil urges, nor do we feel good about having them. We feel ashamed and guilty, rightly so (Romans 7:19-21).  These things are not true of the evil heart.

Below are five indicators that you may be dealing with an evil heart rather than an ordinary sinful heart.  If so, it requires a radically different treatment approach.

1.     Evil hearts are experts at creating confusion and contention. They twist the facts, mislead, lie, avoid taking responsibility, deny reality, make up stories, and withhold information  (Exodus 2:1; Psalms 5:8; 10:7; 58:3; 109:2-5; 140:2; Proverbs 6:13,14; 6:18,19; 12:13; 16:20; 16:27, 28; 30:14; Job 15:35; Jeremiah 18:18; Nehemiah 6:8; Micah 2:1; Matthew 12:34,35; Acts 6:11-13; 2 Peter 3:16).

2.     Evil hearts are experts at fooling others with their smooth speech and flattering words.   But if you look at the fruit of their lives or the follow through of their words, you will find no real evidence of godly growth or change. It’s all smoke and mirrors (Psalm 50:19; 52:2,3; 57:4, 59:7; 101:7; Proverbs 12:5; 26:23-26; 26:28; Job 20:12; Jeremiah 9:34; 12:6; Matthew 26:59; Acts 6:11-13; Romans 16:13,18; 2 Corinthians 11:13,14; 2 Timothy 3:2-5; 3:13; Titus 1:10,16).

3.     Evil hearts crave and demand control and their highest authority is their own self-reference. They reject feedback, real accountability and make up their own rules to live by.  They use Scripture to their own advantage but ignore and reject passages that might require self-correction and repentance (Romans 2:8; Psalms 10; 36:1-4; 50:16-22; 54:5,6; 73:6-9; Proverbs 21:24; Jude 1:8-16)

4.     Evil hearts play on the sympathies of good-willed people, often trumping the grace card.  They demand mercy but give none themselves. They demand warmth, forgiveness, and intimacy from those they have harmed with no empathy for the pain they have caused and no real intention of making amends or working hard to rebuild broken trust (Proverbs 21:10; 1 Peter 2:16; Jude 1:4).

5.     Evil hearts have no conscience, no remorse.  They do not struggle against sin or evil, they delight in it, all the while masquerading as someone of noble character.  (Proverbs 2:14-15; 10:23; 12:10; 21:27,29 Isaiah 32:6; Romans 1:30; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15).

If you are working with someone who exhibits these characteristics it’s important that you confront them head on.  You must name evil for what it is. The longer you try to reason with them or show mercy towards them, the more you, as the Christian counselor, will become a pawn in his or her game.

They want you to believe that:

1.     Their horrible actions should have no serious or painful consequences.  When they say, “I’m sorry”, they look to you as the pastor or Christian counselor to be their advocate for amnesty with the person they have harmed.  They believe grace means they are immediately granted immunity from the relational fallout of their serious sin. They believe forgiveness entitles them to full reconciliation and will pressure you and their victim to comply.

The Bible warns us saying, “But when grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the Lord (Isaiah 26:10).

The Bible tells us that talking doesn’t wake up evil people but painful consequences might. Jesus didn’t wake up the Pharisees with his talk nor did God’s counsel impact Cain (Genesis 4).  In addition, the Bible shows us that when someone is truly sorry for the pain they have caused, they are eager to make amends to those they have harmed by their sin. (See Zacchaeus’s response when he repented of his greed in Luke 19.)

Tim Keller writes, “If you have been the victim of a heinous crime.  If you have suffered violence, and the perpetrator (or even the judge) says, “Sorry, can’t we just let it go? You would say, “No, that would be an injustice.” Your refusal would rightly have nothing to do with bitterness or vengeance.  If you have been badly wronged, you know that saying sorry is never enough.  Something else is required¾some kind of costly payment must be made to put things right.” [1]

As Biblical counselors let’s not collude with the evil one by turning our attention to the victim, requiring her to forgive, to forget, to trust again when there has been no evidence of inner change in the one who has been practicing evil. Proverbs says, “Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips”  (Proverbs. 25:19).  It’s foolishness.

The evil person will also try to get you to believe

2.     That if I talk like a gospel-believing Christian I am one, even if my actions don’t line up with my talk.  Remember, Satan masquerades as an angel of light  (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).  He knows more true doctrine than you or I will ever know but his heart is wicked.  Why?  Because although he knows the truth, he does not believe it or live it.

The Bible has some strong words for those whose actions do not match their talk (1 John 3:17,18; Jeremiah 7:8,10; James 1:22, 26).  John the Baptist said it best when he admonished the religious leaders: “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God (Luke 3:8).

If week after week you hear the talk but there is no change in the walk of that person, especially if you are also receiving feedback from the person who has been sinned against that there is continued covert harm, deceit, and manipulation, you have every reason to question that person’s relationship with God.

Part of our maturity as spiritual leaders is that we are to be trained to discern between good and evil.  Why is that so important?  It’s important because evil usually pretends to be good and without godly discernment we can be easily fooled (Hebrews 5:14).

When you confront evil, chances are good that the evil heart will stop counseling with you because the darkness hates the light (John 3:20) and the foolish and evil heart reject correction (Proverbs 9:7,8).  But that outcome is far better than allowing the evil heart to believe you are on his or her side, or that “he’s not that bad” or “that he’s really sorry,” or “that he’s changing” when in fact, he is not.

Daniel says, “the wicked will continue to be wicked”, (Daniel 12:10), which begs the question, do you think an evil person can really change?

[1] Tim Keller, Jesus the King, page 172

Escaping ‘Trans La La Land’: Dozens of Transgender Regretters ‘Come Out’ to Tell the Truth

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Escaping ‘Trans La La Land’: Dozens of Transgender Regretters ‘Come Out’ to Tell the Truth

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As the transgender movement becomes all the rage in popular culture, those who once lived that lifestyle – and are now plagued with regret – are coming forward to share their stories.

Author Walt Heyer chronicles their various journeys in his new book, Trans Life Survivors.

Trans Life Survivors showcases emails from 30 or so people, selected from among hundreds who have written me, concerning what many call ‘the biggest mistake’ of their lives,” Heyer writes in the book’s introduction.

Heyer is hardly an outsider regarding this controversial issue. To the contrary, Heyer himself endured a life-long struggle with gender confusion leading him to have…

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