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” . . . By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.”
Revelation 18: 23

” . . . all because of the wanton lust of a harlot,
alluring, the mistress of sorceries,
who enslaved nations by her prostitution
and peoples by her witchcraft.”
Nahum 3: 4

Are you afraid of plots by the elite, to brainwash you?  Plots like the Blue Beam Project?  Afraid you might be a target for a microchip in your brain?  Perhaps these plots serve best to inflate our fears and direct our attentions elsewhere.  While we are worrying about the horrifying, and the extreme, do we even notice that what we fear has already subtly crept into our reality, in the form of something small and harmless?

Watching TV

We have all been bewitched.  Whether we realize it or not, we live in an alternate reality.  Our opinions, our values, our emotions, our desires, and our dreams have all been carefully crafted and fed to us.  It has been done so effectively that we would all vehemently deny it!  Yet, how many of us have not watched movies, listened to the radio, played video games, or watched television for several hours a day . . . nearly every day . . . of every year . . . of almost our entire life?

The voices all blend into one.  We repeatedly get the same messages, albeit from different vantage points, through the eyes of different characters, in the context of different situations.  Bit by bit we are molded and shaped.

It is no mistake that our culture has descended into an abyss of perversion, corruption, greed and violence.  If you follow the short history of television, you will see that the time line of our societal decay is enveloped in the same time frame.  It is beyond argument that the substance of television programming has undergone the same degeneration as our morals.

It is argued that art mirrors reality, but in the case of this form of ‘art’, I would beg to differ.  Our culture has closely followed our entertainment media, right down the drain.  There may be a speck of truth to the argument–yes, someone, somewhere may have done what is portrayed, but after it becomes ‘art’  many people feel tempted and emboldened to do it themselves.  And for every one that does it many others, who don’t, feel an empathy with those who do.

How many of those who are terrified, at the thought of the ‘elite’ coming up with a way to brainwash the masses, are still tuning in to their favorite shows, night after night?

Sure, we know the difference between truth and fiction, fantasy and reality–or do we?  Not everything we experience is filtered by our conscious and logic.  Our subconscious absorbs far more than we are aware of, and treats it all as though it were real.

Great swells of emotion-stirring music accompany us as we vicariously experience what the character is living.  The strong emotions it evinces serve to further embed the message and anchor it in our memories.  By the end of a three hour movie, our hearts are full of anger and vengeance–or lust and temptation–fodder to chew on later, as memories of the movie rise to the surface of our consciousness from time to time.  Those pictures and feelings we just can’t get out of our mind . . . and with them, the emotion inspired justifications for things that we knew were wrong, just a few  hours earlier.

Prerecorded applause and laughter punctuate the storyline at the appropriate times while we watch situational comedies.  The story lines are designed to stretch our tolerance as the envelope of decency and morality is pushed farther and farther.  The laughter and clapping follow jokes that are increasingly coarse and deviant, and give us the illusion of being surrounded by others who are all in agreement.  No one wants to stand alone, so we push our objections aside and laugh too.

In this fantasy world, we are one with the crowd.  Christian or not, we can set our morals aside and pretend we really live in this alternate reality–a world without God, without rules, without judgment, without remorse, where we determine what is right and wrong.  And of course, later, we’ll come back to the real world.  But, like an agent too deep undercover, eventually we don’t.  Eventually this pleasurable world, where we spend so much time, supplants reality.  Eventually its tentacles have wrapped so firmly around our heart and mind that we cannot free ourselves–indeed, we can’t even discern that we have become thoroughly ensnared.

Surely Jesus saw our day, when he explained that we would be judged by the content of our hearts.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’  But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5: 27-28

I would argue that we are judged for how we respond to fantasy as well as for how we respond in real life.  Because–it is our heart that will be judged, not merely our actions.

Consider the rest of the passage:

“If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” Matthew 5: 29-30

What you feed your mind eventually becomes a part of you.  I grew up in the television age and I can see the change in myself, over the years, from continuing to partake of ‘American entertainment’, even as a Christian.  Now, after more than six months of not watching television, it is easier to observe how it works, when I do see it.

” . . . By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.”
Revelation 18: 23

Don’t think you’re being brainwashed?  Too proud to believe that you are being molded and shaped?  Don’t think it could happen to you?  It probably already has.  Your denial serves to confirm it.

Mass Programming

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I believe, over a year ago, that the United States experienced a large influx of demonic spirits.  I can’t prove that, or explain why that might be–I can only tell you that I feel it.

Something has radically changed in America.  There is a spiritual darkness present here now, as the darkness that envelopes the land before a great storm.  I don’t know whether or  not you have sensed it too.

I’m sharing a list of suggestions, to help you protect yourself from things that are to come: deception and spiritual forces of evil (in whatever form they may manifest in our physical world).

Scripture tells us that a people without understanding (of God’s ways) will come to ruin.  Jesus says that we are as sheep among wolves, yet we should be as wise as serpents and as gentle as doves.

  • There is another dimension-an unseen spiritual world-that is intricately tied in with everything that happens in our world That world is eternal, ours is bound by time.  From that world, all dimensions are seen.  In our world, much that happens is not visible to us.  Our world is secondary to that world.  In that world, the story began–the story that never ends.  This world, as we know it, is coming to an end.  A new heavens and a new Earth will take its place, by the grace of God, because this one has been irreparably corrupted (no, I don’t mean global warming).
  • Everything really does boil down to the battle between good and evil That is the whole reason ‘our world’ was even created.  It was chosen to be the theater for the great battle between good and evil.
  • Don’t be so sure that you know what is going on–nothing is as it seems Many deceiving spirits are among us.  Theories abound.  Conspiracies abound.  A lot is going on, and a lot is being revealed.  God will show you what you need to know.  Be careful you don’t get caught up in the confusion and start defining people as ‘friends’ or ‘enemies’ by whether or not they share your current beliefs about what is going on–they may just know more (or less) about it, than you.
  • There is one force of good–spiritual forces of evil are attacking from many sides There is only one force for good, and it is far more powerful than the force of evil.  However, the force of evil is desperate, and is attacking from every side.  Stand firm and wait for God’s deliverance (no, not the ‘Rapture’) when you are besieged.  Have faith.  Resist evil and it will retreat.
  • Get back to the basics Don’t let yourself be taken on a tangent by new and intriguing teachings. There is much deception swirling around us.  Go back to the basics that God teaches us in the Bible, and hold on tight.
  • Search your heart often Our hearts our desperately wicked, yet if we would judge ourselves, we’d all see ourselves as innocent.  God judges the intent of our hearts.  It is your heart that decides toward what direction to point your will.  It is your heart that falls into sin first.  None of us is righteous.  Our greatest enemy lies within us, and we are blind to its true condition, and to its power to lead us astray.
  • Read your Bible & pray for understanding The Bible is God’s message to us, and is for God’s people only–no one else can understand it.  But, the Holy Spirit must teach you what it means.  Equip yourself for the days ahead, by learning it now.
  • Live by Biblical principles:  even if you don’t understand them–they protect you God’s rules form a hedge around you–not a hedge to keep you in, but a hedge to keep evil out.
  • Don’t follow the crowd Jesus told us that the path to destruction is wide and many people will go that way and, conversely, the way that leads to life is narrow, and few will find it.
  • Don’t be distracted by the trivial God, and his people, are being attacked from every side.   Stay focused, there are many important issues right now–don’t let the enemy distract you.
  • Be very suspicious of ‘miracles’ and supernatural displays Jesus promised that false messiahs and workers of miracles would abound in the latter days.  Don’t be surprised, and don’t be taken in, no matter how elaborate a ‘miracle’ may seem.  A lot can be done with money, technology, and demonic power.
  • Deceptions come in all sizes Don’t think something is too big and powerful, or too little and unimportant, to be fake.
  • Turn off your TV! More than anything else, this is the tool that Satan uses to unify people in their beliefs and actions.  It’s not about what shows you watch–it’s the whole paradigm for life, the whole package of values and beliefs, that is presented over and over and over and over . . . molding you without you even being aware.
  • Trust no one 100% Sadly, unfortunately, we have come to this point.
  • Be skeptical, think critically Don’t believe everything you see and hear, no matter  how often you see and hear it.  Don’t believe everything you are told–no matter who tells you.
  • Blindly follow no one Think for yourself.  It is largely your choices that will determine the course of your life.  Everyone has an agenda.  As times get tougher, people will become more self protective, deceptive and manipulative–in a word: less trustworthy.
  • Be responsible for yourself and your children Start taking on the responsibilities God gave you, because soon you will have to fight tooth and nail for them.  Everyone’s children will soon be taken away–because parental authority will be usurped by international treaty.  The irony is, you’ll still have the expense and responsibility for raising them, they’ll still live with you, but you will not have the freedom to choose what is in their best interest, or how you will raise or teach them.  (What do you think your family life will be like when your teenager realizes you have no legal authority over them?  Who will be running the show then?)
  • Protect what is important to you You are standing on the verge of losing everything that matters to you–and you don’t even see it.  Trust me–you’d better wake up and stand up to protect what is important to you now, while you still can.  After that, you’re going to have to decide which of your values and freedoms you are willing to die to hold onto, and which you’ll learn to live without.
  • Diligently protect your children! The real battle is for the hearts and minds of your children.  If you don’t believe me, look to history, look to other countries and their kidnapped child-soldiers, look to how our mandatory, liberal/progressive-run educational system is turning children against their parents.  ‘There is nothing new under the sun’–history repeats itself.  To see the future, examine the past.  Fight now, before it’s too late!
  • Teach your children Equip your children now, to face the deceptions ahead of them.  Your window of opportunity is closing.  Not only will you not be legally able (your parental authority will be gone),  your children will be turned against you in the schools where they are spending 30 or more hours a week under intense pressure from people whose values are in direct opposition to your own–people who have already begun a revolution, against the values we represent.
  • Think long and hard before surrendering your freedom for security An enemy will say anything to get you to surrender–it’s much easier on them than having to fight you!  They will even create a crisis, to convince you to surrender your freedom to them, in trade for the promise of peace and safety.
  • Remember that what you agree to do voluntarily, will later become mandatory Seems to be a basic principle in life.
  • Remember that if you don’t use self control, you will end up under someone else’s control Another seemingly basic principle in life.
  • Don’t be proud and arrogant Pride comes before a fall.  It’s pride and arrogance that got America into this mess.  It’s pride and arrogance that God hates.
  • Don’t be sucked in by flattery Oldest trick in the book.  It works most effectively on those with low self esteem, excessive pride and arrogance, or narcissism.

Christian Persecution In America?

The God Factor

Deathbed Conversions

I think deathbed conversions are a crock.  I doubt the sincerity of someone who waits until their dying breath to call out to God for a pardon because suddenly they can see what lies ahead.  I think it’s an insult to God and an abuse of His grace.

My attitude reminds me of someone else’s:  a guy who had a brother that insisted on having his inheritance early, and then ran off and blew it partying and whoring around.  He was understandably irritated when, after hitting rock bottom,  his brother decided it was time to come home.  After all, he’d stayed home and had to pick up the slack.

But, as I look at the father of these guys, I see a man who is running down the driveway to meet his son.  He welcomes him back and showers him with gifts.  It’s not that he loves one of his sons more than the other–it’s that this one was lost, but has come home.

So, if that’s the way God feels (and I know it is, because Jesus told the story), then I’m just going to let it go.  If God isn’t offended, then why should I be?

However, If you’re that one who’s lost, and you are planning to wait until you are on your deathbed to make that commitment, consider this: sin will harden your heart.  Every time you feel the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart and you pull away, your heart gets a little harder.  By the time you are on your deathbed (if you even get that chance), you may not be able to muster the repentance you need in order to be forgiven.

Beyond that, the stakes are even higher now!  God is sending a powerful delusion to those that refuse ‘to love the truth and so be saved’.  He sends them this powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie of the Antichrist and be condemned (those who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness).

The time for taking God’s grace for granted is nearly over.  Who knows. . . this may be YOUR last chance!

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He Sent A Rainbow Made of Corn

I spend a lot of time thanking God for small things, as I go through my day.  That’s the way it is between Him and me.  I share with Him all the things in my life, big and little.

I’ll be the first to confess–I can’t sit down and have a scheduled prayer time.  I just can’t do it.  I don’t know why.  It’s just a very negative thing for me, to sit still for a certain length of time and have to pray whether my heart and mind are there or not.

I prefer instead to try to stay in constant contact with God–like you would with a partner.  You may sit together in the same room and not talk–or you may have a great conversation!  But, either way, you are enveloped in the companionship you share, and you are well aware of the other’s presence.

When I read about Enoch (his story is just a short paragraph) one sentence came alive for me:

‘Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.’

This verse made me hungry to live that way! I think I live as Enoch did–just conscious of, and present with God always.  It’s as if we’re taking a walk together.

So, anyhow, little things . . . and thankfulness.

I grew some corn this summer, to save some for seed and to save some to eat.  (I think it’s a good time to put some food aside.)

As a teenager, I went to West Virginia to live, alone, deep in the heart of the state.  As it turned out (what was I thinking?!), I needed quite a bit of help to get by!.  You can’t just pack your car and take off with your dog to live deep in the mountains without any money or supplies to speak of, with no ‘know how’, and not knowing a soul! It was a journey of faith, I guess.  Many kind folks helped me out and I learned a lot.  I lived a fairly ‘old fashioned’ life (no electricity, a well in the yard, later a wringer washer, etc.) and learned a lot of post-Depression values.  So, psychologically, I know how it is to live ‘a life of deprivation’ as some would call it.

With that in mind, I had chosen some very pretty corn–‘Oaxacan Green’.  I knew it would cheer me up, when food was scarce and I was limited to a rather ‘boring’ diet.  In fact, I would look forward to eating food made with cornmeal from my beautiful green corn!

Well, it has just gotten to where I can pick it and, as I started shucking the ears, I was quite surprised!  Very little of this corn actually looked like what I had planted!  Instead, I had been blessed with corn in my favorite colors-many shades of green, turquoise, blues and purple!  I thank God often for it, when I look at it hanging up to dry. I’m not calling it a miracle– I know enough about plants to understand how these things happen.  But I am calling it a gift, because it happened for me and it made me happy.

And yesterday, the pièce de résistance: an ear of corn that seems to contain every shimmering color of a pastel rainbow!!  I think it is one of the most beautiful, natural things I have ever seen!  I thank God a lot for it too.  It’s like He’s telling me He was thinking of me, and He’s going to be right there with me when things get tough!  When the time comes to eat that corn, I’ll remember that!

A Rainbow of Corn

A Rainbow of Corn

It may seem like silly stuff,  but thankfulness is a powerful way to guard your heart!

I have to believe that Satan was not thankful.  His sin was pride, but I think in order for someone to become prideful, thankfulness first makes an exit.

The Bible tells us that in the last days, one of the characteristics of people will be that they are ungrateful.  It also talks about people who God ‘gave over to a depraved mind’, and lists many characteristics of their wickedness.  According to that passage, the root of it all was that ‘ . . . although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him . . .’

And, one of the repeated problems with the fledgling Nation of Israel, as they made their exodus from Egypt through the desert, was that they repeatedly turned to grumbling and murmuring.  This was ungratefulness put to words–and it really roiled God’s temper.  He had just done awesome and amazing things for them, to release them from slavery–slavery!  It doesn’t get much worse than that–and yet they were busy focusing on what they didn’t have!

Granted, if we were in their shoes, we probably would too.  If we aren’t disciplined in our minds and hearts, we all tend to do the same thing!!  It’s nice to have their story as a lesson so that we don’t.

I’ve been a Christian for more than 25 years now.  As a young Christian, struggling to overcome sinful behaviors, I remember a more mature Christian telling me that they didn’t really struggle with things like that as much anymore–that, instead, they found themself struggling more with their attitudes.  I was kind of amazed, but now I can relate.

If you don’t already know–what you DO comes from what you think.  What you spend your time thinking about will almost inevitably lead to your doing it someday. The battle over sin begins in your heart and mind.  That’s the place to focus your energies on being disciplined.  That’s the place where you need to let God live.

Guard your heart!!  Thankfulness is a great way to begin!!