May the love of Jesus Christ abound in your heart!
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor,
Him I will destroy;
The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart,
Him I will not endure.
I know that I have a lot of work set before me in terms of continuing with the series on women of the Bible and writing my last post relating to Black history month, but I truly want to take the time to speak on something that has been heavy on my heart. In some posts, I have spoken of individuals who have been slandering me. The Lord is now leading me to share the whole story...
It began the summer of 2018. I was in a place where I was contemplating what the Lord wanted me to do next in regard to my productive life. I became inspired to obtain a graduate degree in theology. - I shared this privately. - I had wanted to study theology ever since my freshman year of college. I did not want to major in religion in college because it would not allow me to focus on the Bible. So, I wanted to go to theology school after college. More specifically, around my junior year of college, I wanted to attend the Princeton Theological Seminary. Yet, the Lord spoke to me through His Word to show me that to do so would be to eat from the forbidden fruit of knowledge. So, I turned from that plan. Senior year, I came to fully understand that the Lord forbid me to attend the seminary because it was not firmly grounded on biblical principles. All in all, summer of 2018, I revisited the concept of attending theology school. This time, I wanted to do it all online through Liberty University.
So, I looked through all of the information. I filled out the application, and I requested for my official transcript to be sent to the LU admissions office. I also had to have my pastor fill out a form of approval. So, I met and sat down with my pastor and explained to him my interest in attending theological school and explained that I would be focusing on biblical studies. Then, I also explained that I needed him to sign a form of approval and asked if he was willing to sign it. He told me that he saw my walk with God was blameless and that he would sign the form. He did what he said he would do. He signed the form. After all was completed, I was accepted into the program.
So, what was the problem? Personally, I realized that the cost of the program was much more than I anticipated, and I had to analyze whether the money that I would have to invest was worth it. That led me to pray to the Lord more about whether or not He wanted me to complete the program. After a lot of thinking, I considered if obtaining a graduate degree in education would be better because there is a greater assurance of profiting from investing in a degree in education than investing in a degree in theology. I also considered going back to the classroom as a general educator and considered these two different programs one after the other. For about a year and a half, as I continued to grow in my current work as an enrichment educator, I was just really thinking about what God actually wanted me to do. Then, I came to experience personal stress which caused me great heartache. Though the Lord restored what I lost, there was a lot of regret that I had to let go of and a lot of forgiving that I had to do. From there, I applied for a position, which I did not obtain. After that, the Lord led me down to the path that He planned for me the whole time. The Lord has been speaking to me that it is Him who knows the plans that He has for me. Not me or any other. Him. So, He fulfilled His plans for me, and I am at awe!
Yet, why has it been my desire to study theology? My critics have said that to study theology will not get me into heaven or will not be the source of my anointing. Of course not. Salvation is in Christ alone and not in works. Anointing comes from consecration to Jesus Christ. The purpose of studying theology is to become filled with knowledge of God, and my desire aligns with this purpose. Ever since I was a child, I have been thirsty to know the Lord and His Word through revelation by the Spirit and the contents of His Bible through study. What really brought in the fire into my heart to study the contents of the Bible in depth though is a conversation that I overheard during my freshman year of college. I went to one of my history courses, and when I got there I was a bit early. There were some other students waiting for the professor as well. I overhead one student speaking about the history professor with much awe. This student explained how the history professor had such great knowledge of history and is able to teach it well and profoundly without any notes. Right then and there, my heart spoke towards the Lord: If a history professor can have such devotion to the knowledge of the subject, should I not have even greater devotion to my knowledge of my Savior? I wanted to know the Bible very deeply. I know that I would never come to know it all completely, but I most definitely wanted an overview as I continued to study, meditate and grow in the Word. It ended up to be that the Lord Himself placed this desire in me. It was not His will for me to do it through the Princeton Theological Seminary or Liberty University though. Yet, He has placed the avenue before me. Now, I am able to gain a full overview of the Bible at a much, much lower cost. This is not the complete fulfillment of His plan for me though. This has been like the salad to a main dish. I have been enjoying both the salad and the main dish.
Let us transit to those who have been attacking me. When the main individual stood behind a pulpit and spoke through a microphone spiteful words meant for me because I wanted to go to theological school, I was stunned. For, what this person expressed to me face to face was extremely different than what they expressed towards me behind the security of the pulpit. It was hatred done through hypocrisy. Of course, over time, more individuals joined him in attacking who I was as a person. First, it started off with my desire to attend theological school. Then, it went on to my intelligence and my knowledge set. Then, my good character. Then, my relationship with my mother and my sentimental life. Finally, it came to be at a place where this individual and those who joined the individual attacked me on every single thing there is about my life. Whenever they would see me prospering in something, they would say hateful things to bring me down. Of course, they failed. They would use any word that I spoke or wrote against me. They would come here to this website to read my posts and use my words against me. They would do things by using the Lord's pulpit. They would do this as they "led" worship, as they "prayed" a prayer or as they "preached" a sermon. I know that I am using past tense, but truly, it is still going on.
I responded in three different ways. First, when they would manipulate the Word of God to attack me, I would go into the scriptures, and I would teach them what the Bible really says. For, it truly bothers me to see the Word of God mishandled. Second, when they would say something evil of me, I would defend my character. Third, I would exhort them. I would explain to them that their ways were hateful and that they needed to love. I would explain to them that they were sinning and needed to repent. When outside preachers would come and the Holy Spirit would use them to defend me and to exhort them, I would rejoice because I saw the love of my Father, and I would believe that they would finally change. Yet, they only mocked the words of the preachers and even attacked some of the preachers and continued in their sins. After many, many months of exhorting them privately, I decided to speak of their sins on Emery in Christ. I had hoped that they would come to be ashamed and would change. Yet, they continued in their sins. The Lord sent another preacher right after to confirm the words that He led me to write on Emery in Christ, and continued to exhort. Some started to change, and I began to rejoice, but then they all fell back to the same sins. I was left disappointed.
So, after speaking a million words of exhortation by the fire of the Holy Spirit, I no longer felt His fire to continually speak against their sins. Instead, I felt Him leading me to love and encouragement. Not that His love was not in the exhortation. Instead, in love, there are two sides. Exhortation and encouragement. No, He is not telling me to encourage them. Instead, He has been helping me to delve into His love to encourage me. It is like when a soldier comes from a battle. He needs to recuperate. Through exhortation, I have been battling. Now, through encouragement, the Lord is restoring me and healing my wounds. His love is healing my wounds. It has been absolutely amazing.
So, I have actually been going through three major tribulations for about a year and a half. The first is my productive life in the sense of understanding the next great step the Lord wants me to take. He promised it to me through Psalm 23. He gave it to me. - Alleluia! - The second was people slandering me. The Lord already warned me about it through Matthew 5:11-12. Now, I am resting in His love. - Praise the Lord! - The third was completely spiritual. The Lord set me free. - Jesus is King! -
Does this mean that those individuals have changed? It seems like most of them are the same. Maybe few have changed. You know... it really shocked me to see who joined in hatred through hypocrisy. Some of these individuals... I saw as true brothers and sisters in Christ. I saw them as friends. I thought that they truly, truly loved me and cared about me and were sincere towards me. For some, I thought that they were leaders not just in name but in action. For some, I thought that they were truly spiritual and not putting on a deceitful act for people to see. For some, I thought that they truly knew the love of Jesus Christ and loved me. Yet, they showed me their true colors. For few, to see that they never actually loved me hurt so much that I shed a few tears. Pride, jealousy, hatred and hypocrisy truly do defile people, and this breaks the hearts of those who have to bear it. Yet, the Lord have continuously strengthened me and have continuously caused me to soar as the eagle. None of them have been able to destroy me with their words. That is because the Word of God is greater than the mere words of man. Mankind is like a flower to dwindle away, yet the Word of God shall never pass away (Psalm 103:15; Matthew 24:35). Therefore, I have only been fired up to reach greater heights. It has been a beautiful blessing from my Lord, Jesus Christ, and I thank Him.
Now, I am letting go of this expectation that I have to see them change. I am not saying that they never will change, but I am not holding on to an expectation. One Sunday morning, at Sunday school, about a year ago, a person shared that it is not my poetics that will cause these individuals to change. This individual explained that they cannot love me when they do not even know how to love themselves, and they cannot love themselves because they do not love God. They do not love God because they do not have the love of God in their hearts. They do not have the love of God in their hearts because they do not know Christ. They do not know Christ because they never truly received Him into their hearts. I was offended when the person said this because I was not trying to change anyone with my poetics. I was only exhorting by the Holy Spirit as He led me. Yet, I am choosing to overlook that part of the statement to see that the rest of it was very true.
So, as the Lord speaks in Matthew 10:14, I am dusting my feet off. I spoke, and I exhorted. Whatever happens from hereon is not my burden or responsibility. The Lord cannot say that as a sentinel I saw but did not speak and warn.
I also wanted to speak on my last post. I want to say that my experience with racism was not an isolated incident. Such experiences still happen across the globe. Despite such experiences, things have changed over the decades and individuals are more aware of the humanity of all people. I must say that there is a difference between humanity and the sinful human nature. The Lord Himself said in Genesis 1:26, "Let us make man in our image." Humanity began there. Then, in Genesis 3:6, when Adam ate from the fruit, the sinful human nature took form. Also, despite my experiences, the Lord took me to Haverford College, an amazing school with a rich educational experience, and tremendously blessed me there. Again, I love Haverford College. I also met many wonderful people from all races, including White. It is important for me to share my experiences in regard to race, for it is through such discussions and more that we can improve as a society, yet I hold nothing against any particular race. I believe that natural differences in phenotypes are a reflection of God's beauty and creativity and should be celebrated and never hated.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
P.S. All Bible passages come from the NKJV unless otherwise indicated.
What is up, y'all?!
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
To answer the question that you are all wondering... Did God teach me something completely new from this series that my church is doing?
Yes, in the sense that He taught me that there is something that I missed to think about when teaching on the Armor of God. Now, there are many parts to Ephesians 6 and my focus for my series was just on verses 10 to 17. There are three major parts to that itself. First, the breakdown of what dominions, principalities and such are. I already planned on writing a post on that. Second, the ruses of the devil. Third, the parts of the armor.
I just taught on the third part. But what did I learn about the second part this week? The Word says "ruses." Plural. The devil has many tricks up his sleeves. I learned about one of the ruses. One of the ruses of the devil is to make one believe that what he is presenting to them, what is going against the will of God, will work to their benefit. I love it when preachers and teachers reference the Word when they make a point instead of speaking out of their own knowledge. The Word that was referenced was Genesis 3 verses 1 to 6. Other Biblical references included Rebecca plotting with Jacob and Delilah seducing Samson. Rebecca wanted her favorite son to be the most blessed but she turned him into an outlaw who had to keep running from his brother until he had an encounter with God. Delilah presented to Samson that she was so in love with him that it was only good for their relationship for him to trust her with anything when the truth was she was only exploiting him.
Yet, that was one point. There was another point made. This point is the importance on the unity in Christ. I will be very, very honest, I did not receive that part of the message. Why? I did not receive it because while the preacher was preaching on unity between brothers and sisters in Christ, he was singling out individuals, creating a divide. While he was preaching for unity in his words, he was preaching against unity in his actions. Now, you may be asking, "How did he single out individuals?" He said something along the lines of even if one has much knowledge, much riches, preach or sing, one is susceptible to the devil's attacks. He continued along the same line to say it even if a person is very holy, empowered by the Holy Spirit or one can jump high, one is susceptible to the devil's attacks unless they are armored up.
Why single out those with knowledge? Why single out those with riches? And so forth. In Christ, there is neither Jew or Greek. There is neither free or slave. There is neither male or female. There is neither White or Colored. There is neither intellectual or nonintellectual. There is neither rich or poor. There is neither gifted in this or gifted in that. There is neither spiritually mature or baby in Christ. There is neither very spiritual or amounting.
Now, one may be like, of course there are such distinctions, especially when one will speak of male or female. The Holy Spirit breathed this scripture to say that while there are clear differences amongst us, these differences should not fill us with false pride, and we should not allow them to divide us. These differences should not cause us to single each other out, shame each other privately or publicly, distance our selves from each other, etc.
So it should have been: "No matter if you have much knowledge or little, much riches or little, no matter what gift you have, no matter you are very holy or still have on the old garments, no matter you are spiritual or fleshly, no matter you can jump or cannot jump, no matter what may be true of you, if you are not planted in Christ and armored up in God, you will be susceptible to the ruses of the devil."
I am very, very serious about this. One cannot single out groups to shame them, making them feel hated and outcasted by the one calling them out and others of the church, and tell them to unite to those of the church. One negative plus one positive equals zero.
Moving on, Jesus really wanted me to say this since Thursday night: While there are some teachings from the Bible that have two sides to have balance, there are some teachings that are simply straightforward. For example, lying is a sin. Period. There is not other side to the argument. The same goes for stealing, killing, lust, fornication, adultery, impudicity, homosexuality, slander, envy, jealously, strife, dissension, rancor, rivalry, hypocrisy, disobedience, rebellion (not in the spiritual sense), animosity, rivalry and all other sins that are listed in the Bible. Again, there is no other side. They are sins. Period.
It has also been on my heart to share how much the Holy Spirit has been moving in the church and blessing the church. The first extraordinary blessing is that a soul came to Christ in the middle on worship service even before we got to the sermon during our December 31st service. It was such a blessed service. The second extraordinary blessing came through a sister who testified on how she had to pray for a person whom she did not feel at peace with for the year of 2019. This was because our church has been blessed with this act of members randomly picking individuals to pray for during the entire year. She shared that by the end of it all, the Lord gave her the grace to forgive and be at peace with the other sister in Christ. She also shared a heartbreak that she experienced from what another sister said to her. It is so rare to see someone be so honest about such things. That is because it is hard to do and only the Holy Spirit can give such grace to a willing heart. The Word itself supports such blessed act.
Matthew 18:15-17“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
On the considering a brother or sister who refuses to repent of their evil ways against you though you have taken steps to deal with the issue with him or her a heathen... While we are to unite with our brothers and sisters in Christ, the Word says that we are not even eat with those who call themselves Christian but have PROVEN themselves to not be.
1 Corinthians 5:9-13
I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”
Yet, remember to judge yourself before judging others.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
P.S. I have been waiting to share this song. Not only is the song blessed, it blesses my heart to see a diversity of races, ethnicities and backgrounds in one room worshiping Jesus Christ.
I hate extremism, including religious extremism, but I love balance. I hate extremism because I see what can come out of it by looking at the Catholic Crusades which occurred between the 11th and 17th century, Hitler who killed millions of innocent people and did evil to many more, Islamic extremism which has brought terrorism across the world and more. I love balance because there is balance in the laws of God. There is life in the laws of God.
That I why whenever one teaches or preaches, it is good to present both sides of the argument and for the hearer to then be led by the Holy Spirit to live out the Word of God.
In Ecclesiastes 3 verse 7, His Word says that there is a time to SPEAK and a time to be SILENT. It is not always that one is to speak. It is not always that one is to be silent. The Holy Spirit will tell you if you ask Him. That is why He is here. To teach us the will of the Father for our lives. He is the one who has that unwavering authority.
In Proverbs 26 verse 4, His Word says that we are not to reply a fool lest we be like that fool. Yet, in verse 5 it says to reply a fool lest that fool believes his or her self to be wise.
In Isaiah 53 verse 7, Isaiah prophesies about how Jesus would accept His fate with silence. We see this manifest in Matthew 27 verse 14, in which it says that Jesus had no reply against any of the accusations that the governor brought before Him.
Yet, Luke 12 verses 11 to 12, Jesus Himself tells His disciples that when people bring them before synagogues, rulers and authorities, the Holy Spirit will teach them what to say.
In Exodus 14:14, in a time of great need, Moses said to the people of Israel that the Lord would fight for them and that all they needed to do is be silent.
Yet, in Mark 10:48, in a time of great need, a need for the presence of Christ, Bartimaues, cried out to Jesus. Many told him to be quiet, but he only called out louder. "Have mercy on me!" And the Lord healed him.
In Psalm 38, we see David lament and speak that he shall be silent before those who speak evil against him. In verse 14, he says that he will act like he does not have ears to hear or a mouth to speak.
Yet, in Psalm 56:9, we also see him speak that when he cries out to the Lord, his enemies back away from him.
I am sure that there are many more examples in the Bible. I encourage you to find more.
There is a time to be silent. There is a time to speak. Let God be your God to tell you what to do, when to do it and how to do it and submit to His authority for HE is a HOLY GOD.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
Where I am, we are expecting our first snow showers tonight. And I just love this image. It is quite clear that it is snowing heavily, but did you notice that the tree still has leaves and still looks intensely beautiful? It does not matter what is storming around us, as long as we are connected to the source of it all, Christ Jesus, we will produce fruit in all seasons (Job 29:19; Psalm 1; Jeremiah 17:8; Ezekiel 47:12; John 15:1-8). So, then why should we be disconcerted because of hardships? Let us hope in God, for we shall praise Him again and again!
And I know that Haiti shall praise Him again and again...
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
About two weeks ago, I spoke of the unquenchable thirst and that is the thirst to be closer to the Lord, Christ Jesus. No matter how closer we get to Him, we shall always thirst to get even closer and closer.
But there is also a quenchable thirst. Every single human being is born with a void that only Jesus can fill and complete. Yet, many do not know this, so they seek to fill that void with family, marriage, children, friends, achievements, work or material gain. Those can be blessings but they can never fill that void. Some seek to fill that void with excess gain, alcohol, drugs and such.
In the end, it is all in vain for only Jesus can ever be enough to fill that void. Solomon, most likely the richest man to ever live, came to understand this.
He speaks in Ecclesiastes 2:
I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity. 2 I said of laughter—“Madness!”; and of mirth, “What does it accomplish?” 3 I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives.
4 I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards. 5 I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6 I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove. 7 I acquired male and female servants, and had servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me. 8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces. I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments of all kinds.
9 So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me.
10 Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them.
I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,
For my heart rejoiced in all my labor;
And this was my reward from all my labor.
11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done
And on the labor in which I had toiled;
And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind.
There was no profit under the sun.
12 Then I turned myself to consider wisdom and madness and folly;
For what can the man do who succeeds the king?--
Only what he has already done.
13 Then I saw that wisdom excels folly
As light excels darkness.
14 The wise man’s eyes are in his head,
But the fool walks in darkness.
Yet I myself perceived
That the same event happens to them all.
15 So I said in my heart,
“As it happens to the fool,
It also happens to me,
And why was I then more wise?”
Then I said in my heart,
“This also is vanity.”
16 For there is no more remembrance of the wise than of the fool forever,
Since all that now is will be forgotten in the days to come.
And how does a wise man die?
As the fool!
17 Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind.
18 Then I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will rule over all my labor in which I toiled and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This also is vanity. 20 Therefore I turned my heart and despaired of all the labor in which I had toiled under the sun. 21 For there is a man whose labor is with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; yet he must leave his [h]heritage to a man who has not labored for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the sun? 23 For all his days are sorrowful, and his work burdensome; even in the night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity.
24 Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat, or who can have enjoyment, more than I? 26 For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.
Therefore, drink of HIM, the living water, and He will turn you into a well. Not only will you no longer be thirsty and empty, you will be a well!
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
No. No, I am not here to tell you to thirst for God. For, you already thirst for Him. Ever since you were in your mother’s womb you thirsted for Him. To receive Him. To know Him. To love Him.
You may understand that you thirst for Him. Or you may not.
Or you may believe that you no longer thirst for Him because of that day when you believed in Him with your heart and professed His name with your mouth. Or because of the many days that you have spent completing works in His name. Or maybe you have actually the minutes of your days seeking after HIM.
Whatever the circumstance may be, until we appear before the Lord, we will always be thirsty for more of Him. There will never be a time when you know His Word enough or have prayed enough or have worshipped enough.
There will never be a day when you will know Him enough or have experienced Him enough. For, the Lord is vast and eternal.
Therefore, go and seek to quench that unquenchable thirst until you go before His throne and see Him face to face. Keep drinking of Him, of the Living God, the Living Water.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
I looked under the sun. I saw and I have come to understand this: A woman who forsakes her worth and devalues her body to obtain a man seeks sorrow. A woman who forsakes her worth and devalues her body to marry a man envelops herself with sorrow. A woman who must forsake her worth and devalue her body to stay married to a man already bounded herself to sorrow and great are her burdens.
My mother taught me that all the different types of clothes and shoes out there in the stores have their people. What a woman presents of herself determines the type of people she will attract towards her.
Only a Proverbs 31, 1 Timothy 2, Titus 2 and 1 Peter 3 woman can attract an Ephesians 5 man. A Proverbs 5 and Proverbs 7 woman cannot attract him for she can only bring sorrow and attract sorrow.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried out to my God;
He heard my voice from His temple,
And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.
No greater name. No holier name.
No more wonderful name. No more glorious name.
No other name has been enough to deliver me from sin and the hands of the enemy than the name of Jesus.
No other name has been enough to deliver me from the attacks of the enemy than the name of Jesus Christ.
At the age of six, there was a time when my second older sister and I were coming home from school. It came to be that we stood in front of the gate of our house, but we were across the street. My sister, being older and responsible for me, was prudent and was waiting for all of the cars and motorcycles to pass before moving us to the other side. Yet, I did not want to wait. I wanted to get to the other side as soon as I could. I saw a motorcycle coming at a distance. I believed that I could outrun the motorcycle. So, I ran across.
Before I knew it, the motorcycle had hit me, and I was there on the rocky ground, crying my heart out. The motorcyclist, shocked and afraid, tried to pick up the heavy motorcycle off of me. It fell back on me. After a second try, he was successful and then ran off. I praise Jesus that he ran off, for the people would have hurt him gravely. The accident was not his fault at all. If he was hurt or killed because of my foolishness, it would have been something that I would have to bear with for life.
The crux of the story though is that as I was there on the ground, crying, I began to called out, "Mama!!! Mama!!" Yet, deep within me, I just knew that where my mother was at the market there was nothing that she could do for me. And deep, deep within me I felt that there was a greater name that I could be calling, but I did not know what that name was.
Now, I know. JESUS.
Many times, I have faced grave dangers, and I have called out His name again and again, and He has always, always delivered me.
What gives me even greater joy is that even though at that age I did not know the name of my Lord, He still was there with me in that situation so that I did not die or become disabled in any form.
- Thank You, my Sweet Jesus. -
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
The only way that one can know and understand what is right and what is wrong is by the enlightening of the Holy Spirit who bears witness to the Word. God teaches through His Word what He declares to be right and what He declares to be wrong. The closer we get to Him, the more we will know and understand His precepts.
Therefore, at whatever stage a Christian may be in his or her spiritual walk with Jesus, there will be that which they know and understand and that which they do not yet know and understand. There are certain sins that Christians commit that they do not know are sins. There are certain sins that Christians commit that they have not yet been convicted by the Holy Spirit to be sins.
Therefore, it is always essential to ask God to forgive us not only for the sins that we know and understand to be sins that we have committed but also for the sins that we do not know and understand to be sins that we have committed.
In this context, the sins that we do not know that we have committed are the hidden faults, the ignorant sins. It speaks of ignorance not in the sense that others do not know that we are sinning, but that we do not know that we are sinning.. Also, in this context, the sins that we know to be sins that we have committed are the willful sins. We knew that we were sinning when we sinned.
To be very clear, this speaks of sinning out of weakness and not out of wickedness. What is the difference? One difference is that the person who sins out of weakness experiences complete and total despair when he or she sins and his or her heart totally wills to truly live righteously in Christ and to overcome sin day by day. Jesus sees that, and He does give that individual the power to overcome sin day by day. Meanwhile, the person who sins out of wickedness, has a seared conscious and a stone heart and has absolutely no sincere love for Jesus whether they have a religious front or not.
And the unforgivable sin is to die rejecting the knocking of the Holy Spirit on one's heart to truly receive Christ, which is the blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. Why is it unforgivable? There is absolutely no way to repent of dying without Christ.
Since this is a Blessed Thoughts post and not a Biblical Studies post, I will not be going deep into these points. Yet, for a greater explanation, please, please reference:
"Willful Sin After Salvation and Eternal Security" by Focus on the Family
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Jésus répondit: Il est écrit: L'homme ne vivra pas de pain seulement, mais de toute parole qui sort de la bouche de Dieu