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 To Tell the Truth
 

I found myself in a compromising circumstance being a new Christian that by not telling the truth could have affected my career in the Air Force. I was faced with a head on decision in a time sensitive issue that I either had to come away clean or lie and compromise my witness for the Lord. Read the story below and see what the outcome was.

                                                                                                                      

I slumped in the airport chair, wondering why I had to pick this time to come clean. I had just made the (unpopular decision with my family) to become a Christian. Thump! Thump! My heart was shouting at me beating wildly out of my chest. My hands were wet with sweat and my mouth dry from my nerves getting the best of me.  “Airman Mancini get in here.” “Coming sir” He waved me to sit down in the chair. “Why did you want to see me?”  I just met my friend Jesus and I have to tell you the truth about my joining the Air Force. I joined under false pretensions I said. Scratching His head, he stared at me in disbelief as if to say it is a little too late for that now isn’t it. I thought it was never too late to tell the truth.

A few months earlier my recruiter told me to lie on my application that I had never taken drugs. I argued until the sun went down but to no avail. Telling him every reason under the sun why I could not lie about my past. I know God would not smile on this lie. I wondered if God would still love me for lying like a fool on this application. The sergeant recruiting me into the Air Force said He would take the fall if this lie came back to haunt us.  So I told this all to the officer who sat in front of me. I went on with my tale; I took LSD and smoked a lot of marijuana in my earlier years. “How old are you ?” “Eighteen.”

You sure are thin and scrawny. Are you underweight from all that drug use?’“ Nope this is my usual weight.” He asked me why I waited until now to tell the  truth about my past drug use. “Being a new Christian I need to be honest about myself and my past.” “You know this will get you kicked out of the Air Force before you ever start your career in it?” “This is a serious offense lying on your application like this.” “I know that sir, but I know God wants me in the service He will work this out for me.” “You sure have a lot of faith for a new Christian.” Sit here I need to call your recruiter on the rug for making you lie on the application and find out what in the world he was thinking.

I twirled and twirled around endlessly in that chair until he came back into the room. I stared at him with two big, brown saucers.  “Your recruiter denied knowing anything about your prior drug use and said he never forced you to lie on the application. I believe you and I think your recruiter is lying through his crooked teeth. There is no way I can kick you out of the Air Force now because too much money and time have been invested in you so far. Welcome to the service son and it took a lot of guts on your part to come in here and tell me the truth like that. Well the best to you. Those pretty, long, brown curly, locks will be mowed off your head when you arrive in San Antonio, Texas for boot camp. Welcome to the Air Force airman. I commend you for coming forward and telling the truth before you went any further.

I sprinted out of that room and threw myself down on that airport chair like a wet rag. I let out the biggest breath I could and I looked like a deflated ball. I was never so scared and relieved at the same time. I had started my Air Force adventure. This was only the beginning of troubles for me…

“Then you will know the truth. And the truth will make you free.” John 8:32

Author Admin  Added On 04/28/2015
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 Bullied Beyond Reason
 

Sally was a straight “A” student throughout school. She was a mentally gifted student who was always put into accelerated learning programs. Everything came easy to her except friendships. She was always being teased in school about being “different.” Then came high school and the teasing took on a new level of horror for her. The teasing turned into brutal bullying. The harassment drove Sally to try and commit suicide. She had no support system around her. The few friends she did have said she was being too sensitive. Her own parents thought she was imagining the “bullying” and that it was all in her mind. She fell into a deep, severe depression.

Sally, a mentally gifted child, looked forward to the interaction in high school. She hoped her fellow students would be more emotionally stable and mature than the students at junior high. Boy! She was in for a big surprise; the bullying in junior high school would pale in comparison to what she would experience in high school. The first day of school was a foreshadowing of what was to come for her. Let’s walk with her as she makes her way through campus.” Where did you come from the laboratory?” Sally thought that’s just one nasty comment not a big deal. “Hey were you born from machines?” “Were you hatched from an egg?” “Where is the test tube you came from?” This barrage came from Hannah the legendary troublemaker in the school.  Sally was very tall and looked and walked very awkwardly. She stood out in any crowd. She was in that weird stage of development where she was no longer a little girl but she was not quite a woman. Sally ran into the girl’s bathroom and cried until her eyes hurt. She missed her first period but my morning break she had regained her composure.

The attacks faded out the rest of the day but Sally was visibly shaken from the onslaught of verbal abuse from that morning. She kept the incidents to herself thinking in time the bullying would dissipate. A week went by and no comments were hurled her way. Maybe just maybe things have settled down and Sally could flow into her high school career.

“Geek go to the zoo and hang out with the rest of the ostriches, that’s where you belong! You don’t belong among human beings get out of here!” ”Hey how is the air up there pretty thin?” “You should go to New York and stand in place of the Empire State building. “Guess who was bullying Sally? Sally buried her hands in her face that night and the flood gates opened; she cried for an hour straight. Her parents were clueless to the severity of the problem Sally faced at school. They just thought she was studying in her room like usual.

The next day the unexpected happened-Hannah cornered Sally in the girl’s locker room; she pulled out a switchblade which boasted an 8 inch blade. Hannah whirled the blade in Sally’s face nearly slashing her throat. Unexpectedly, Hannah put the knife to Sally’s throat and actually cut skin. “You show up for school tomorrow, ostrich face, and I will cut you into little pieces”. Sally was absolutely terrified! She panicked and ran out of the locker room; the few friends she had ran after her. SALLY! SALLY! STOP! STOP! She just kept on running all the way home. They talked among themselves at lunch break and basically said that Sally was overreacting to Hannah’s threats and that it was all a big joke.

Sally told her parents what was happening at school over the past few weeks. They said she was imagining all these issues and that Hannah really liked her and that was why she was teasing her so mercilessly. “MOM, DAD SHE PUNCTURED MY THROAT WITH A SWITCHBLADE; SHE THREATENED TO KILL ME IF I CAME BACK TO SCHOOL. SHE HAS BEEN BULLYING ME THE WHOLE YEAR. HOW CAN YOU SAY I AM IMAGINING THINGS! FURTHERMORE I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO THAT SCHOOL AS LONG AS I LIVE. YOU SEND ME BACK TO THAT SCHOOL I WILL KILL MY SELF. I am in a severe depression; I cannot go on with this constant bullying! I have little motivation to carry on. “Sally went into her room… Later that evening Sally’s parents headed to bed, but Sally’s mom stopped into to check on Sally-To her horror Sally was lying in a pool of blood she had slit her throat ! CHUCK! CHUCK! OH MY GOD SHE SLIT HER THROAT!  SHE TRIED TO COMMIT SUICIDE! CALL 911! HURRY! SHE’S DYING! Her father quickly called 911 and the medics came on the scene in minutes. They worked feverishly to revive her. Now her friends and parents took her seriously about the bullying. Was it too late? They barely revived her and gave her numerous blood transfusions to save her life.

Two weeks later she went on Facebook and posted on her timeline a brief synopsis of what had happened. She signed the post HELP!  Luke, a Christian, responded with this post: HELP, I know One who can help you and He will never, ever bully you. His name is Jesus. Sally saw this response and for the first time in months had a glimmer of hope.   

He upholds the cause of the oppressed…

                                        Psalm 146:7
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 LET GOD BLESS YOU OUT OF YOUR BITTERNESS
 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

Have you ever read the story of Joseph in the Old Testament, about how his brothers sold him into slavery, which resulted in him being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years?  When Joseph saw his brothers again many years later, he then had the power and authority to put them to death because of what they had done to him. Instead, he told them something incredible.  He told them not to be worried or afraid (Genesis 45).  Even more amazing was that Joseph didn’t blame them and told them that God had actually ordained what they had done in order to bring salvation and deliverance to them (Genesis 45:5-8)!  And then he blessed them for it (Genesis 45:10-11)!  That’s quite astonishing after all they had put him through.

How was Joseph able to so freely forgive?  He was able to do so because somewhere during his sufferings, he came to the revelation that it wasn’t about all the wrongs that had been done to him.  It was about all the rights that God could do!  Joseph didn’t focus on the labels placed upon him (i.e. slave, rapist, liar, prisoner, etc.).  Instead, he focused on the goodness of God and the belief that God would make everything right.  In other words, Joseph had faith God would make it up to him for every unjust sorrow he endured.  

Joseph also no longer looked at his brothers or his Egyptian captors to make amends for or to heal his wounds.  He solely looked to God, and God saw Joseph’s heart and literally blessed him out of his bitterness.  That is why, when Joseph saw his brothers again, he was no longer hostile or angry.  In fact, he was tearfully joyful, and he gave his abusers comfort and compassion.

If you have suffered much and labels have been placed upon you, I want to encourage you.  Rather than entertaining thoughts of revenge or vindication on those who have victimized and wounded you, to instead, think and meditate upon the amazing things God will do for you to make it right.  When we don't see our destiny and the greatness of God, we can stay stuck in our wounds.  Our God is bigger than that.  He can, and He will rescue us, but first, we must choose to let go and to forgive.  Give it all to Jesus. 

Will you pray this healing prayer with me?

“Heavenly Father, I give to You today every hurt, wound, every bitter thought, all resentment and anger toward those who hurt me.  I expectantly look to You to catapult me into my destiny, a destiny that You prepared for me before You created me.  I look forward to becoming a leader and great influencer of my generation like Joseph for Your glory, and I look for Your reconciliation and Your faithfulness in making all my wrongs right.  Thank you, Father. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Victory and blessing awaits you!

Author Sandra Roberts  Added On 02/17/2018
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 The Muddy Rivers/Semi-Truck Dreams
 

The following dreams are significant to my life but also the Body of Christ as well.

 

When I was on vacation, I dreamt of a baby and the baby was drowning in a muddy river. The baby had green moss in its mouth and was choking, near death. I was trying to save the baby so I cleared its mouth and got it to breathe again. I just looked up the interpretation in Ira Milligan's: Understanding the Dreams You Dream: Biblical Keys to Hearing God's Voice in the Night. Baby means new beginning, new idea, new work in the Church. A muddy river equals spirit of the world; religious traditions of man; sin, wickedness. Stagnant, muddy, or polluted water equals man's doctrines and ways, iniquity, haughty spirit, unkind. I believe that this dream is referring to the new thing, the new work that the Lord is bringing to the Church. However, it is being suffocated and drowned in the muddy rivers, dirty waters of the religious traditions of man. So we need to purify the water and I had a dream later that I was trickling in like an IV into a pool of water purity and infusing purity into the water. Little by little the muddy, murky waters will be cleared.

Dreamt I was driving a semi-truck (tractor trailer) last night. Dream book says: Large burden: Ministry; powerful and/or large work in the Church! Truck size is often in proportion to the burden or size of the work. For every man shall bear his own burden (drive his own truck, do his own work, natural or spiritual) Galatians 6:5

Author Rochelle Arnold  Added On 10/17/2017
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 The Hand Than Never Lets Go
 

Do you know there is a love that is so awesome that we don’t have to worry about being separated from it? A love that is pure and without mixture. A love that promises to stay by our side and never let go. A love that never leaves nor forsakes us. It’s beyond what the human mind can comprehend. There is a love that is divine and with perfection casts out all fear.  The love of the Father who loved us even when we were still sinners. When we were lost, before we were even born, Jesus died for us. This love reached down through time and saved us from eternal darkness. Jesus took upon Himself the sin of humanity. God is a spirit and He is also love. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8)

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from my Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.  (John 10:28-29)

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8) We are not saved by anything we can naturally do. In other words, we cannot earn our salvation. Since we cannot earn it we cannot lose it either. Once we invite Jesus into our life and our genuinely saved we become born again, which means our spirit is changed and made new. The spirit of a man or woman is the true person. You see we live in these earth suits (our human bodies), which eventually physically die. The spirit continues to exist after it departs from the body. As a believer in Jesus Christ and a student of the Holy Bible, I believe in heaven and hell.

The Bible says whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13) There are multitudes of Scripture that confirm salvation is forever. It’s not something you just walk away from and even if you try to you will never be able to release yourself from the firm grasp Jesus Christ has on you.

Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died and rose again, who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? (Romans 8:34)

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38)

So, nothing can separate us from the love of God and since God is love we cannot lose our salvation! I think that is crystal clear from the above Scripture. Nothing can separate means just that, nothing! The blood of Jesus is the glue that holds us together with the Father. For we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:11)

For example, if you take the hand of someone much stronger than you and that person has promised to never let go, you will not be able to release yourself from that person no matter how hard you try to let go. If this is physically true in the natural, how much more is this true with God the Father who is the strongest being in the world.

 

 

 

He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Philippians 2:8-11)

 

There is no higher authority than Jesus Christ! He cannot lie for the Word of God is infallible. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit. First, we hear the message of the gospel of truth, the gospel of salvation and we must believe. Once we believe we become sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise. The Holy Spirit is the Father’s pledge to us that we are redeemed. (Ephesians 1:13-14) For example, if you have a coupon that is valid and you take it to the grocery store you can redeem a product with it. Once our spirit is sealed it is up to us to take the steps necessary to grow and mature as a believer.

Our physical bodies are not redeemed until the second coming of Christ when we are changed in a twinkling of an eye. The mortal puts on immortal. The corrupt flesh becomes incorruptible. Does that give us a right to live anyway we want? No, it just assures us that we are redeemed. Once we are saved and sealed with the Holy Spirit we are changed from the inside out.

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52)

When interpreting the Bible, we must first study it to show ourselves approved, but we must also not take Scripture out of context and build a whole theology around it. Unfortunately, man has the inclination to live by traditions and denominations. Everything needs to be proofed in the fire of the Word. “Is not my Word like as a fire? says the Lord; and like a hammer that shatters the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29)

The Word is also described as a double-edged sword that separates soul (or man) from (spirit) God. “For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) In conclusion, it is important to exercise your discernment and not receive every spirit that teaches the Bible. We are to tests the spirits because there is so much mixture out there. (1 John 4:1) Mixture is when part of the teaching is correct and then part of the teaching is incorrect.

Let us study and show ourselves approved rightly able to divide the Word of God and don’t just blindly follow a wrong doctrine or theology because someone or some denomination has chosen to adopt that teaching. Beloved, I assure you when you are sealed by the Holy Spirit you are saved eternally. Don’t let anyone put doubt in you concerning this. In Jesus Holy name. Amen.

Author Rochelle Arnold  Added On 10/16/2017
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