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"I" can't; but "God" can! ~ Phil. 4:13 <"///><
"The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick alongside it." (copied) ~ <"///><
~ EVIL HEARTS ~
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 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. (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. (Psalms 50:19; 52:2,3; 57:4; 59:7; 101:7; Proverbs 12:5; 26:23–26; 26:28; Job 20:12; Jeremiah 12:6; Matthew 26:59; Acts 6:11–13; Romans 16:17,18; 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 will become a pawn in his or her game.
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Prayer, in its most simple form, is communication. If we're going to be victorious over the works of the flesh, and over the power of the enemy, we must first submit ourselves to God. And prayer is the first step in submitting to God. (copied) ~ <"///><
Charles Spurgeon and his wife would sell, but refuse to give away, the eggs their chickens laid. Even close relatives were told, "You may have them if you pay for them." As a result, some people labeled the Spurgeons greedy and grasping. They accepted the criticisms without defending themselves, and only after Mrs. Spurgeon died was the full story revealed. All the profits from the sale of eggs went to support two elderly widows. Because the Spurgeons were unwilling to let their left hand know what the right hand was doing (Matthew 6:3), they endured the attacks in silence. (copied) ~ <"///><
This is a good read... ~ <"///><
"When you are down to nothing, God is up to something!" ~ <"///><
~ A WORD OF CAUTION & WARNING TO ALL... ~
Without a doubt, God can make any trial a blessing! Amen?!!
And it is also without any doubt that God will NEVER bless sin no matter what others may say!! Amen?!!
Just remember this... There's always a price to pay somewhere down the line when "bitter seeds" come to fruition even though many years may have passed by with any effect unnoticed. They certainly will come to fruition when you probably least expect it.
To the born-again, repentant child of God there is chastisement. To the lost in his sins "rebellious hellion", there is impending judgment with damnation unless he puts his faith in Jesus Christ as the propitiation for all of the sins in his life.
Now, would it not be so much better if we strived to live as the Word Of God commands and instructs us? Going your own way, using your own carnal mind to guide you is never worth it in the long run. Yes, there truly may be pleasure in sin so it seems, but as the Bible clearly teaches us it is "only for a season". Most times, a very "short" season at that.
Be filled with the Spirit and do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh...
"To put your trust in the world or in worldly men is to build your house upon the sand, for today they will raise you aloft and tomorrow will so cast you down that there will be no trace left of you, for they are in all things unstable." (copied) ~ <"///><
~ I'M "SICK" TODAY... ~
* I'm sick of foolishness be propagated as the Truth of the Bible!
* I'm sick of those who claim to be called of God blatantly lying and loving it!
* I'm sick of those who offend HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD & wink while doing so!
* I'm sick of sinners choosing to die lost and making a mockery out of the Gospel!
* I'm sick of the "new generation" wanting nothing but "ear tickling" at church!
* I'm sick that the true love of Christ has been replaced with lies from the devil!
* I'm sick of churches who have a "form of godliness but deny the power thereof"!
* I'm sick of "Christians" who will not separate themselves from the ways of the world!
God says... "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art
lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Revelation 3:15,16 (KJB)
"The worst scars of child abuse that never truly heal are the ones not visible to the human eye." (C. Morris) ~ Phil. 4:13 <'///><
"When God sets out to really make a superior Christian, He is compelled to strip the man of everything that might serve as a false refuge, a secondary trust." (copied) ~ <"///><
"There are many ways to build a large congregation but only one way to build a true church..." (C. Morris) ~ <"///><
~ THINK ABOUT THE "TRUTH" IN THIS PHOTO... ~
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Praising God and thanking you in advance for you kind help and consideration... ~ <"///><
~ YOU BETTER KNOW THIS FOR SURE, PREACHER! ~
If you enter pastoral ministry …
10. Not everyone will like you.
9. You will make people angry regardless of how godly you handle yourself; it comes with the position.
8. You will feel like a failure often, and when you do appear to succeed, the fruit that is produced cannot be accredited to you. God alone gives the increase (1 Cor. 3:7). Thus, there is little “sense of accomplishment in ministry” that you may be accustomed to in other vocations.
7. You will fight legalism and liberalism, along with laziness, ignorance, tradition and opposition. Yet, your greatest enemy will be your own heart (Jer. 17:9).
6. Not everyone will respond positively to your preaching, teaching or leadership. You will bring people to tears with the same sermon: one in joy, another in anger (I have done this).
5. You will be criticized, rarely to your face and frequently behind your back. This criticism will come from those that love you, those that obviously do not like you, and pastors and Christians that barely know you.
4. You will think about quitting yearly or monthly, if not weekly or even daily.
3. You will be persecuted for preaching the truth, mostly from your brothers and sisters in the pews. You shouldn’t be surprised by the sight of your own blood. You’re a Christian, after all (Matt. 16:24).
2. You will feel very lonely on a consistent basis, feeling like no one truly knows you or cares how you feel, because you do not want to burden your family, and trustworthy peers are few and far between. Because of the ”super-Christian” myth accredited to pastors, literally, you will find it extremely difficult to disclose your deep thoughts and feelings to others. Thus, you will struggle with loneliness.
1. You will probably pastor a church that is barely growing (if at all), is opposed to change, doesn’t pay well, has seen pastors come and go, doesn’t respect the position as biblically as they should, doesn’t understand what the Bible says a pastor’s or a church’s jobs are, and will only follow you when they agree with you (thus, they’ll really only follow themselves).
After understanding these realities, do you still want to be a pastor? If so, then God has probably called you to the ministry!
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Listen to the song sung in the Romanian language by clicking the following link; I am positive that you will be greatly blessed! ~ Phil. 4:13 <"///><