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 Why Should I Pay Taxes
 

Louise was a dedicated Christian woman. She had a strong biblical foundation and she knew Jesus since early childhood. She grew up in a warm, loving Christian environment. Her parents loved God with all their hearts and were very involved in their local church. They faithfully attended every service and bible study the church sponsored. They taught Sunday school and had a vast understanding of the bible. There was one major flaw in their belief system they did not pay income taxes. They thought it was robbing God of money He should get. Louise, in her adult life, carried on the same practice until the IRS caught up to her practices and levied a heavy penalty against her for all those years of not paying taxes.

Oh this is just great! Why should I pay taxes? This income belongs to God not the IRS. She was dumfounded by the IRS notice she clenched tightly in her fist. Anger flustered her beautiful face and her green eyes flamed with fury as she wrinkled her beautiful olive complexion into a distorted dried looking prune. How in the world was she going to come up with $40,000 dollars within 6 months?  She vowed she would not pay the back income taxes anyway. She was not about to pay taxes which she thought were wrong to pay in the first place.

She consulted her parents (Who counseled her to not pay the taxes because it was Gods money.) She talked to her financial advisors, her closet friends and her fiance. She spoke to members in her choir and her bible study companions. They all accept, her parents, strongly advised her to pay her taxes and figure out a way to pay back the $40,000 she owed the government. By now she was extremely upset, confused and she did not know where to turn for help. She decided to talk with her pastor about this looming financial crisis. Surely, being a man of God he could give her some solid counsel. She went to  visit him at the church.

She sat in Pastor Wilsons office fidgeting with her purse as she looked nervously around the office. Just then Pastor Wilson came in and warmly greeted Louise. What can I do for you? Pastor I am in deep financial trouble and I need to hear from God on my circumstance. She explained all that was transpiring in her life at the moment  Pastor Wilson listened compassionately for 35 minutes as Louise told him a history of her financial woes with the IRS. She told him how she was taught by her parents to not pay taxes because that money belonged to God. Pastor Wilson sat quietly for several minutes thinking about what to say.

Louise lets pray and ask the Lord to come into this circumstance and give you wisdom on the right course of action to take in this crisis. (Pastor Wilson knew she should pay her taxes because it is taught in the bible they that she is supposed to pay her taxes. But he felt she would not listen to his counsel because she was so against the idea of paying taxes.) So they prayed the Lord would give her wisdom about what do and that He would give her peace.

That night Louise came across Romans 13:6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. The Lord opened her mind and revealed to her that her beliefs she held from childhood were wrong. He wanted to her to pay her taxes every year and pay off her $40,000 tax penalty. Now Louise knew Why should I pay taxes! This Christian woman had reached another maturity level in Christ.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Romans  13:6

Author Admin  Added On 04/28/2015
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 Inside the Mind of an Abuser
 

Charles grew up in an environment where abuse in all forms was commonplace. He experienced physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Charles displayed a victim mentality which came through in what he said and did. He became a master abuser himself spending many years in jail for domestic and public abuse. His abusive parents taught him that human beings have no inherent value and were put on this earth to be treated like animals. Charles thought it was his given right to abuse other people. It didnt matter what color, age, sex or the physical condition they were in, he would abuse them.

Charles particularly liked to prey on young boys who were vulnerable to sadistic abusers. People especially, young boys, felt safe with Charles because he looked like your next door neighbor grandpa, not a perverted abuser. He had an unassuming personality; he was soft spoken and seemed gentle in his outward appearance. He had well-groomed gray hair with a finely trimmed goatee. He also wore wire rimmed glasses. Lurking inside him was a perverted animal out of control that didnt have his dirty lusts under control. His mind was so warped from being physically, emotionally   abused that he thought it was normal to act this way; the sexual abuse of his victims didnt trouble his conscience either. After all he was just showing affection toward them, they should have thanked him for his special care for them. They should be thankful he picked them to be his conquests; these were the sick messages running through his extremely unbalanced mind.

Charles did have extensive counseling with prison psychiatrists who defined him as Being a depraved sociopath who had extensive, baser behavioral tendencies than most normal people. They noted he was dangerous and a menace to society. They also highly recommended he should be locked away for life and never be set free from inside prison walls. These were opinions of trained professionals who had been practicing in the field for years. The judicial system shunned their opinions and let Charles out each time saying he was a reformed man. He said to one doctor he had no deviant behaviors and he was a normal functioning human being and he could not understand why he was put into prison so much. He felt like society was picking on him and punishing him for the savage and deserving acts he would treat other people to.

Charles took extreme pleasure in fleshing out his perverted fantasies on other people; who cried for mercy and suffered miserably from his torment but their pleas didnt faze him. The more the victims suffered the better he enjoyed it. He reasoned that God put him in the environment he grew up in creating him the way he was; so he had neither guilt nor any remorse for what he had done. The worst part was that Charles filmed his crimes; hed view them for entertainment thoroughly enjoying his perverse acts on video.

 Charles was a perverted abuser until Jesus Christ looked his way. Charles was bored sitting in his jail cell so (This time authorities saw the light and gave him life in prison.) he started thumbing through the bible in his cell The Holy Spirit spoke to his troubled heart about Jesus finished work on the cross. Charles was worth dying for and Jesus was inviting him to accept Hid gracious gift of eternal life. Charles quietly bowed his head and asked Jesus to be His Savior.  Only Jesus truly knew his heart.

But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. 1Samuel 16:7

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 When and What Is the Sabbath?
 

There are many points of the Bible of which there is a lack of understanding or acceptance among nonbelievers and believers alike. One point is the Sabbath. What is the meaning and purpose of the Sabbath? Is the Sabbath Saturday or Sunday, or is it any day that one chooses to rest on? Is the Sabbath relevant today? What is the actual seventh day of the week? There are several religious groups who believe that the Sabbath is Saturday, and those who worship on Saturday are breaking the Law of God. Seventh Day Adventists, Seventh Day Baptists, Hebrew Israelites, Seventh-day Pentecostals, and others teach that it is necessary to keep the Sabbath in order to be saved, insisting that we are still under the law. Believers today continue to dispute whether Christians are required to honor the Sabbath. 

 

There are several religious groups who believe that the Sabbath is Saturday, and those who worship on Saturday are breaking the Law of God. Seventh Day Adventists, Seventh Day Baptists, Hebrew Israelites, Seventh-day Pentecostals, and others teach that it is necessary to keep the Sabbath in order to be saved, insisting that we are still under the law. Believers today continue to dispute whether Christians are required to honor the Sabbath.
 
I hadn't really given it much thought until I received a video from a loved one about the Sabbath. Then, in Bible Study that same day we were studying in John chapter five and the subject of the Sabbath came up again. God pointed out something to me during Bible Study, which caused me to go home and study more on the subject that I want to share here. It is not my intent to prove one is right or wrong, whether the Sabbath is Saturday or Sunday. I want to show as the title says that Jesus is our Sabbath rest with the Word of God of course.
 
The word Sabbath comes from the Hebrew word sabat, which means "to rest or stop or cease from work." The origin of the Sabbath goes back to Creation. In Genesis 2:1-3 we read:
 
“(1) Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. (2) And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. (3) Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” 
 
When we read a little further back in Genesis chapter one, we see that the prior six 
days end with the words, “And the evening and the morning were the (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th) day.” However, we do not find the words "evening" and "morning," in the description of the seventh day. Man was made and then God rested, and there has been no creation since. So, the seventh day lack of ‘evening and morning’ in Genesis was about the end of creating. Therefore, the Sabbath rest upon which God entered, is still continuing today. 
 
The scripture says after having spent six days in His creative work, God ceased from His labors. He did no work between the end of creation and the fall of man, except for His sustaining work. Jesus referred to God's continuing labor when the Jews criticized and accused Him of breaking the Sabbath for healing the lame man at the pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath when He replied: “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working” (John 5:17). His point was that by performing a deed of mercy on the 
sabbath day He was merely imitating His Father who was continually active in mercy and love on His Sabbath day. God had stopped creating, but he was still busy in a many different ways. Thus, the Sabbath means that God's creative activity has ended.
 
After the mention of the Sabbath in the creation account there is no mention of it again until God instituted the covenant of the Law 430 years after He had made the covenant of grace with Abraham (Genesis 12 – 17). In Exodus chapter 20 God said the Israelites were to rest from their labors one day out of every seven,  and they were to give the same day of rest to their servants and animals:
 
“(8) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (9) Six days you shall labor and do all your work, (10) but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. (11) For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. −Exodus 20:8-11
 
God gave Israel the Sabbath command so that they would remember His 
creation work and his work of deliverance (Exodus 20:11, Ezekiel 20:12). The Ten Commandments and the rest of the Law were given to Israel to show them (and the other nations) how God’s covenant people were to live. They constantly labored trying to obey the numerous do’s and don’ts of the Law to make themselves acceptable to God. They couldn’t keep all the do’s and don’ts of the Law so God provided several sin offerings and sacrifices which would allow them to come to Him for forgiveness and restore fellowship with Him, but it was only temporarily. When Jesus came everything changed. He eliminated the priesthood and all the sacrifices for all. 
 
I am constantly amazed at God’s wisdom. The more I study the Word of God, I realize how brilliant He is in giving us types and shadows of Christ throughout the Old Testament. Shadows point to something else. When you see a shadow, you know there is something casting it. Jesus is the substance casting the shadow. A type and shadow in scripture 
is a person or thing in the Old Testament that foreshadows a person or thing in the New Testament. A few for examples are:

  • Adam is said to have been a type of Christ in that he was the representative of humanity (Romans 5:12-21).
  • Abel is shown to be a type of Christ in that he was the first one to suffer for righteousness sake (Matthew 23:34-35).
  • Noah was a type of Christ in that he served as a sort of “second Adam.”
  • The Bronze Serpent was a type of Christ. (John 3:14)
  • The manna was a type of Christ. (John 6:32-33)
  • Incense was a type of Christian's Prayers (Revelations 5:8)
  • Animal Sacrifices were a type of Christ's sacrifice (1 Corinthians 5:7)
  • Sanctuary or Temple was a type of Our physical bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  • Priestly Robes were a type of Christian's good deeds (Revelations 19:8)
  • Sabbath Rest was a type of Heaven (Hebrews 4:3-11)

 
Jesus Himself told the Pharisees in John chapter 5, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” Look what Hebrews 9:8-10 tells us, “ By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, 10 but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation..”
 
Like most of the ceremonial laws of Moses, had New Testament anti-types the Bible calls the Sabbath a shadow and an anti-type. Hebrews 10:1 says, “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.”
 
Hebrews 10:12, says “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.” Jesus after performing the ultimate sacrifice, ceased from His labor of atonement.


Colossians 2:16-17 says, “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” Paul says we shouldn’t let anyone judge us for keeping the Sabbath and we shouldn’t let anyone judge us for not keeping the Sabbath. The reason being is that the Sabbath was a shadow of something to come. The substance, or the thing that the Sabbath was pointing to, is Jesus Christ.
The Sabbath is only a picture of the true and greater rest found in Christ (Hebrews 3:7-4:11).

Because of what Jesus did, we no longer have to “labor” in law-keeping in order to be justified in the sight of God. Because of Jesus, we can rest in God and in what He has provided. Jesus is our rest, so it doesn’t matter whether you go to corporate worship on Saturday or on Sunday, because that’s not what really matters. What really matters is that you find your rest in Christ! And you can (and should) do that every day of the week!

Author Angeline Williams  Added On 04/03/2019
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  Lift Up Your Head for Your God Is A Restorer
 

I went through something this week and even though I was okay with the outcome, I was deeply hurt. I felt like several years of my precious life had been wasted. I felt like a failure and a fool, and I was angry. I was now in a city alone. I was shocked and afraid. I sat for hours at my desk crying and wondering what to do. I was 250 miles away from family in Miami and almost 500 miles away from family in Atlanta. I knew I had to get rid of what I was feeling, so I took all those emotions and feelings to the Throne of Grace.

I thank God that I know Him and that He is a present help in time of trouble. Father God plainly said, “Lift up your head daughter, for I am a Restorer. I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten… and I will heal you”.

Then He said to read the scriptures Joel 2:21-26 and Jeremiah 30:17 and personalize them. Look at what God said to me: 

"Fear not, Angeline; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten… and ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed." -Joel 2:21-26

”For I will restore health unto you Angeline, and I will heal you of your wounds, says the LORD; because they called you an Outcast, saying, Angeline, whom no man will seek after.” - Jeremiah 30:17

Instantly my tears of sorrow turned to joy and I could do nothing but rejoice and praise my loving Father! Earlier that day in my carnal thinking, all I could see was that I am now middle-aged, and no man will want me now, but clearly, God did not and does not see me this way. He has a plan to restore!

Restoration is the primary theme in the Bible. It is demonstrated throughout God's Word. It’s what we need from the moment we enter the world. It was Jesus’ purpose for coming… to restore mankind back to God.

Restore means:
  • to reinstate, re-establish, bring back, return, refurbish, renovate, repair, make amends
  • make an end, finish, full, give again, make good, (re-) pay (again), (make) (to) (be at) peace,
  • recompense, render, require, make restitution, reward,
  • return to its original or usable and functioning condition. 

In all the years I’ve known God, I have come to know that He will always do what He says He will do. It might take a minute because our belief has to catch up to His Word, but His Word will NEVER return void. I don't know how He does it, but He does it. The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. (Luke 18:27) Whatever the enemy has tried to take away from you, God wants to restore it and make it better than before. That’s just the kind of Father He is.

Life happens… we all will be tempted, hurt, wounded, oppressed, depressed, and so on at some point in life. However, here is the key… we can complain and remain in the same awful condition, or we can praise God and be raised up. Every day we have to make a choice to stand on what God says.

Lift Up Your Head for Your God Is A Restorer!
God wants you restored spiritually, emotionally and physically. Be encouraged. Place your trust in the Lord. Look to Him only and surrender your life and your future to Him for God is a God of Restoration.

I pray you will gain the understanding of Christ that will not only bring you the restoration you are seeking but move you further into His plan for your life. Thank you for standing with me, for drawing from me and for seeking the Lord for His purposes to be fulfilled in you and in us in these last days.

God has blessed us all with Jesus Christ,
Author Angeline Williams  Added On 04/02/2019
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  Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?
 
Some people don’t want to be healed or happy. They love to have pity parties because they love the attention they bring. I had someone call me for prayer one day. I began to pray and while I was praying, this person was talking to people in the background, not even listening to me pray so that they could agree with me or hear what I was praying for. Holy Spirit said stop they don't want to be healed. Then I understood why Jesus asked the lame man at the pool of Bethesda, "Do you want to be made whole?" (John 5: 5-9) . 
We know that Jesus could see through to the heart, so when Jesus approached the man and asked if he wanted to be made whole it was a legitimate question. Just because someone has a sickness (in any area of life) doesn’t mean they are automatically really ready to be free. You've heard the saying, “misery loves company.” Sometimes there's a comfortable misery in repetitive failure. The familiarity of the known is more comfortable than the uncertainty of the unknown. In the book “I Don't Believe In Fairytales” I discuss the spirit of sabotage.

The dictionary defines sabotage as to deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), especially for political or military advantage. Sabotage is the devil’s primary goal against the things of God. He is the master of sabotage, with a particular mission to get you off course with God. Sabotage and unholy strongholds have the same goal. Both evils work to block people from experiencing the things of God.

Some people have held on to anger, resentment, and the “victim” mentality so long until it has become their identity, not realizing they are blocking the blessings that belong to them. When we hold on to past hurt, we can actually sabotage our own success. The Lord can do nothing for the person who is not willing to be helped. Sabotage and unholy strongholds have the same goal, to block people from experiencing the things of God.

There are times when we struggle to break out of hardship and unpleasant situations, looking for help in the wrong direction. We look for help from friends and families, but because families and friends need help themselves, they are unable to help. When we don't get our desired result, we become discouraged and give in thinking it is our fate without making an effort or trying harder.

Wholeness hinges on your decision. Jesus says in Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”  In Revelations 22:17 He says, “And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” He offers the chance for a better future in this life and in eternity (Matthew 19:29). Will you take advantage of it?  Is there anything that you are holding onto that is blocking your blessings? Will you be the head and not the tail? Will you be above and not beneath? Will you have your household saved? Will you be what I have said in My Word that you can be?

In the book “Put The Word In Your Mouth”, I candidly share how God taught me the importance of agreeing with Him and speaking what He speaks. Are you facing circumstances that seem impossible? Do you need healing in your body, a financial breakthrough or a fresh touch from God? Are you blocking your blessings? God’s plan for your life is good, not evil!  Whatever you need, the answer is in God's Word. It's time to live the abundant life Christ died and rose for you to live! It's breakthrough time! ​Grab your copy today!!!
Author Angeline Williams  Added On 04/02/2019
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