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if you keep your faith,
you keep your trust,
you keep the right attitude,
if you’re grateful,
you’ll see God open up new doors.
Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Als je je geloof en vertrouwen behoudt in God
In this godless world there are also people who think they think they can ask their god or gods for things to happen. There are also people who call themselves ‘Christian‘ and wonder why God does not answer their prayers, though they do not see they have not taken them the right God of gods but pray to a man made god, a god son, and to people they call saints. Though the Elohim Hashem Jehovah is very clear that we should only have and worship the One True God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Jesus and his disciples, Who is an eternal Spirit God and not a fleshy god.
If you feel as though God is not watching or that He does not care you are perhaps better to search your heart, to see if you are really worshipping the right god, and not for example Jesus or any other human being or idols.
Today we can find lots of people who make a mockery of the God of Israel, also not willing to see the Biblical Truth. They most often see the false teachings of human ‘spiritual’ leaders or theologians, be it from Islamic or Christian groups, who destroy everything on their path, leaving nothing but pain and misery in their wake.
More people should follow Asaph his example, coming to look up at the real Only One True God, Jehovah the Elohim Hashem Divine Creator, and to cry out to that God of the universe, the Maker of heaven and earth, summer and winter. We all should know that it is That eternal God Who is prepared to be our rock and refuge, to defend Himself and those who really love Him and worship Him alone, that no matter what the enemy would love to do. They shall always come to know that This One True God is always the Most Mightiest god of all.
– Note: a pity the guest-writer of today, who calls herself a Born-again believer in Christ, wife, mother, teacher, artist, poet, blogger, pianist, singer, telling us she has praised God with her music ever since 1980, makes a strange twist at the end of the article, writing
“Then boldly make your requests known to Him, praising His name and trusting Him for the answer in His time.”
as if she thinks Jesus is God, and as such is forgetting that Jesus is the son of God and the Way to God.
But all the rest of the article, when you keep that only One God Who is One, in your mind is a worthy collection of words to remind people of that greatness of the Most High and how in the ancient times people looked up at Him.
- Asaph felt lonely + alone > God silent => remembered days of old + God redeemed Israel from out of the hand of the enemy in Egypt, + brought them to Canaan, +gave them land for an inheritance, + established His name in their midst.
- enemy had attempted to wipe out religion of Israelites by destroying their places of worship > temple + synagogue destroyed by the enemy
- we can trust Jehovah God to know when enough is enough <= God = never early, never late; always right on time, not limited by our calendar or clock.
- God’s purposes are ever so much bigger than anything we can imagine.
- Asaph did not ask God to defend His people, but His own holy and righteous name => to be preserved holy and blameless in the eyes of the enemy.
- Asaph wanted deliverance, not for his own sake, or for the sake of his countrymen = for the testimony of the God of mercy and grace.
- not forget that God = still in control in affairs of men.
- elements of Asaph’s prayer in psalm 74 should be present in all of our prayers
- our guest writer compares Psalm 74 to the Model Prayer as recorded in Matthew 6:9-13.
- When you pray > do not be afraid to let God know how you feel <= He already knows anyway
- When you pray > Praise Him for who He is + for His will to be done, + for provision + forgiveness, deliverance
- Are you looking for answers and Are you looking for God
- The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen
- God of gods
- God is One
- Attributes to God
- God should be your hope
- The Almighty Lord God of gods King above all gods
- God Helper and Deliverer
- Gods promises
- Belief of the things that God has promised
- God’s never-ending stream of much-needed mercies
- Gods salvation
- Believing in the send one and understanding that one does not live by bread alone
- Today’s thought “They did as Jehovah God commanded Moses” (April 17)
- Today’s thought “nonsense surrounding the many gods” (July 28)
- Have you also been deceived
- Walking alone?
- Does God hear prayer?
- Work with joy and pray with love
- Give your worries to God
- Praying For What We Want or Don’t Want
- Genuine prayer
- Does God answer prayer?
- People who know how to pray to move God to take hold of our affairs in a mighty way
- Gods measure not our measure
- God showing how far He is willing to go to save His children
- Extra verses to remember by The Name to be proclaimed
- Listening and Praying to the Father
- Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #2 Purity
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #7 Prayer #5 Listening Ear
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #16 Benefits of praying
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #18 Fulfilment
- God Feeds The Birds
- Displeasures and Actions of the Almighty God
- Prayer, important aspect in our life
- Worship and worshipping
- Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
- Praise the God with His Name
- Gods non answer
- Faithful to the leastening ear
- Wishing to do the will of God
- Observing the commandments and becoming doers of the Word
- Golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters obedience
- Happy who’s delight is only in the law of Jehovah
- Rest thy delight on Jehovah
- 7000 to 20000 words spoken each day
- Biblical Prayer at Tabernacle Site Shilo
- Own Private Words to bring into a good relationship
- Old Man of Prayer
- Sometimes we face trials
- Being sure of their deliverance
- Prayer for the day
God rules the day and the night, and He can be trusted with the details of my life too.
Does it seem as though this world could not get any more debauched than it is already? Do you feel as though God is not watching? that He does not care? I can assure you that He is, and He does. But perhaps He is waiting for His people to cry out to Him in humble prayer.
Asaph felt the same way. The enemy was having a heyday, making a mockery of the God of Israel and destroying everything in their path, leaving nothing but pain and misery in their wake. Asaph did the one thing he could do—he cried out to the God of the universe, the Maker of heaven and earth, summer and winter, to defend Himself in the presence of the enemy.
from Psalm 74
Maschil of Asaph
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In the previous articles we have spoken about the world clinching to material wealth like velcrostrips hoping to have all luck in the world.
The materialistic desires have conquered the world. Those who know were they come from and Who they should honour do know they should not give their love to material things.
15 Do not love either the world or the things in the world.+ If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him;+ 16 because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh+ and the desire of the eyes+ and the showy display of one’s means of life*—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world. (1 John 2:15, 16)
In the articles we also could see how many love to be moulded by this system of things. (Romans 12:2) The worldly desires have run high in our society, but at other times people also fell for those distractions and attractions.
The love of money or the desire to amass riches and possess material things can corrupt the heart, leading a Christian to do things that go against God’s will. A few have become dishonest at work, have cheated others, or have even stolen money or objects that do not belong to them.
Lots of people do have many things of which they want to boast of is this. Lots of people also do think man is full of wisdom and that they have ‘most’ wisdom’. They do not want to look into their conscience which might bear witness. They are full of fleshly wisdom.
Material pursuits may bring on anxiety. For example, some complicate their lives by living beyond their means. Others have been enticed by get-rich-quick schemes and risky financial investments. For others, secular education as a means to attain financial success becomes a snare. The Bible warns: “Those who are determined to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and many senseless and hurtful desires, which plunge men into destruction and ruin.”
9 However, those who are determined to be rich fall into temptation+ and a snare and many senseless and hurtful desires,+ which plunge men into destruction and ruin.+ 10 For the love+ of money is a root+ of all sorts of injurious things,*+ and by reaching out for this love some have been led astray from the faith and have stabbed themselves all over with many pains.+ (1 Timothy 6:9, 10).
Essential to not being drawn into a materialistic way of life is cultivating the ability to distinguish between right and wrong when making decisions. This ability is developed by regularly partaking of ‘solid spiritual food belonging to mature people’ and by ‘having our perceptive powers trained through use.’ (Hebrews 5:13, 14) Making sure “of the more important things” when setting priorities will also safeguard us from making wrong choices.
9 And this is what I continue praying, that YOUR love may abound+ yet more and more with accurate knowledge*+ and full discernment;*+ 10 that YOU may make sure of the more important things,+ so that YOU may be flawless+ and not be stumbling+ others up to the day of Christ, 11 and may be filled with righteous fruit,+ which is through Jesus Christ, to God’s glory and praise.+ (Philippians 1:9,10,11).
A materialistic life-style can blind us, leaving little or no time for spiritual pursuits.
How can we examine ourselves and avoid being ensnared by such a life-style?
We need to consider prayerfully how and to what extent we can simplify our life. King Solomon of ancient Israel said:
“Sweet is the sleep of the one serving, regardless of whether it is little or much that he eats; but the plenty belonging to the rich one is not permitting him to sleep.” (Ecclesiastes 5:12)
Does taking care of unnecessary material possessions consume a lot of our time and energy? The more we own, the more we have to maintain, insure, and protect.
Could it be to our advantage to simplify our life by freeing ourselves of certain belongings?
We think life can much be easier when not loving the material things and not focusing on the world and its worldly life.
On the other hand, by cultivating a healthy fear of displeasing Jehovah, loving justice, and being determined to hold a good conscience, we show that we love “purity of heart.” That love moves us to continue to “conduct ourselves honestly in all things.” (Hebrews 13:18)
18 Carry on prayer+ for us, for we trust we have an honest conscience, as we wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things.+ 19 But I exhort YOU more especially to do this, that I may be restored to YOU the sooner.+ (Hebrews 13:18
When we act uprightly, honesty can result in a fine witness.
Emilio, an Italian Witness who works as a driver for a public transport company, found a wallet containing 470 euros ($680, U.S.). To the surprise of his colleagues, he handed the wallet to his supervisor, who later gave the wallet to the person who had lost it. Some of Emilio’s colleagues were so impressed by his conduct that they became interested in the Bible and started to study. As a result, seven people from two families have accepted the truth. Yes, behaving honestly from a pure heart really can move others to praise God.—Titus 2:10.
Materialism may not seem to be an issue of loyalty, but it is. Do we trust in Jehovah’s promise to provide what we really need?
33 “Keep on, then, seeking* first the kingdom and his righteousness,+ and all these [other] things will be added to YOU.+ 34 So, never be anxious about the next day,+ for the next day will have its own anxieties. Sufficient for each day is its own badness. (Matthew 6:33-34)
5 Let [YOUR] manner of life be free of the love of money,+ while YOU are content+ with the present things.+ For he has said: “I will by no means leave you nor by any means forsake you.”+ (Hebrews 13:5)
Rather than striving to obtain at any cost some of the “better” things in life that are presently beyond our reach, can we do without them? (Read Philippians 4:11-13.) Are we tempted to forgo theocratic privileges in order to get what we want now? Does loyal service to Jehovah have first place in our life? Our answers will largely depend on whether we are wholehearted in our service to God or not.
“It is a means of great gain,”
wrote the apostle Paul,
“this godly devotion along with self-sufficiency. For we have brought nothing into the world, and neither can we carry anything out. So, having sustenance and covering, we shall be content with these things.”—1 Timothy 6:6-8.
In a revelation to the apostle John toward the close of the first century, the glorified Jesus Christ delivered a message to the congregation located in Laodicea, Asia Minor. It was a warning message against materialism. Though materially rich, Laodicean Christians were bankrupt spiritually. Instead of continuing to walk by faith, they allowed material possessions to blind their spiritual vision. (Revelation 3:14-18) Materialism has a similar effect today. It weakens our faith and causes us to stop ‘running with endurance the race’ for life. (Hebrews 12:1) If we are not careful, the “pleasures of this life” can smother spiritual activities to the point that they are “completely choked.”
14 As for that which fell among the thorns, these are the ones that have heard, but, by being carried away by anxieties and riches and pleasures+ of this life, they are completely choked and bring nothing to perfection.+ (Luke 8:14).
Time ran out for the world of Noah’s day, and it will run out for the present system of things. The apostle Peter assures us:
“Jehovah’s day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a hissing noise, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be discovered.”
Neither the symbolic heavens — wicked governments — nor the symbolic earth — mankind alienated from God — will survive the heat of God’s burning anger. Indicating how we can prove ourselves ready for that day, Peter exclaims:
“Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion, awaiting and keeping close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah!”—2 Peter 3:10-12.
A key to spiritual protection is contentment rather than the use of this world to the full and the enrichment of ourselves materially. (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 Timothy 6:6-8) We as such do not have to look so much at the world of mankind or the kingdom of mankind but at the world of the Kingdom of God. When we walk by faith and not by sight, we find joy in the present spiritual paradise. As we partake of nourishing spiritual food, are we not moved to “cry out joyfully because of the good condition of the heart”? (Isaiah 65:13, 14) Moreover, we take delight in our association with those who manifest the fruitage of God’s spirit.
22 On the other hand, the fruitage+ of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness,+ faith, 23 mildness, self-control.+ Against such things there is no law.+ 24 Moreover, those who belong to Christ Jesus impaled* the flesh together with its passions and desires.+ (Galatians 5:22, 23)
How vital that we find satisfaction and refreshment in what Jehovah provides in a spiritual way!
Some questions we do well to ask ourselves are:
‘What place do material things occupy in my life? Am I using the material possessions I have to live a life of pleasure or to promote true worship? What brings me the greatest satisfaction? Is it Bible study and fellowship at Christian meetings, or is it weekends away from Christian responsibilities? Do I reserve many weekends for recreation instead of using such time for the field ministry and other activities in connection with pure worship?’
Our regularly attending Christian meetings and sharing in preaching the good news are included among the necessary acts and deeds of godly devotion. May we perform them with heartfelt devotion to God while we wait patiently for Jehovah’s great day. Let us “do [our] utmost to be found finally by [God] spotless and unblemished and in peace.”—2 Peter 3:14.
58 Consequently, my beloved brothers, become steadfast,+ unmovable, always having plenty to do in the work of the Lord,+ knowing that YOUR labor is not in vain*+ in connection with [the] Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58).
- What is life?
- Greed more common than generosity
- Some one or something to fear #2 Attitude and Reactions
- Some one or something to fear #3 Cases, folks and outing
- Some one or something to fear #4 Families and Competition
- Struggles of life
- It continues to be a never ending, exhausting battle for survival.
- Searching for fulfillment and meaning through own efforts, facing unsatisfaction and depression
- Daily portion of heavenly food
- I Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late!
- How should we react against the world
- A call easy to understand
- Followers with deepening
- Come ye yourselves apart … and rest awhile (Mark 6:31)
- Suffering redemptive because Jesus redeemed us from sin
- Looking forward to God’s faithfulness
- Count your blessings
- God should be your hope
- Always set a place in your life for the unexpected guest
- Disciple of Christ counting lives and friends dear to them
- Be a ready giver
- Contribution – Contributie, bijdrage
- Bearing fruit
- A small company of Jesus’ footstep follower
- What’s church for, anyway?
- Making church
- Meeting – Vergadering
- Congregate, to gather, to meet
- Gathering or meeting of believers
- An ecclesia in your neighbourhood
- Not bounded by labels but liberated in Christ
- Breathing and growing with no heir
- Breathing to teach
- Reasons to come together
- God won’t ask
- Communion and day of worship
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #6 Prayer #4 Attitude
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #18 Fulfilment
- What Controls you?
- Buy now, don’t think: the urgency trap
- Shopping Addictions – Day 168
- Greed is Wrong, But What About Wealth Itself?
- A Journey Toward Your Goals
- Virtuous egoism
- In brief: Why you should admire and not covet.
- Nothing & Everything
- The Sticky Fingers of Things
- Material girl
- Simple Girl In A Material World
- Finding Satisfaction
- Less is more or getting rid of the clutter in your life
- What Really Matters
- The 2 Things That Matter Most
- Romans 7:18 – The Struggle is Real
- How is life measured? — from Luke 12:15
- What Jesus ask us to give up is nothing compared to what He want to give us
- Freedom from Minimizing | Personal
- Seek First The Kingdom
- The Minimalism
- The Cares Of This World
- What can I leave behind – A packing guide for relocation
- Quality over Quantity 💖
- The Pursuit Of Happiness
- The Dollar Store (And Moar) (lunaticoutpost.com)
- China Containerized Freight Index Collapses (financialsurvivalnetwork.com)
- How Utah Became A Bizarre, Blissful Epicenter For Get-Rich-Quick Schemes (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- How Australia’s Big 4 Banks Can Sink the Entire Economy (wolfstreet.com)
- Why Your Financial Goal Should Be to Stop Trading Time for Money (lifehacker.com)
- ZAP / POOF: State Of Confusion Part 1 of 2 (dinarrecaps.com)
- Rich People can Enter the Kingdom of God (idkh.org)
- Creflo and the Dollar Whores (almost) get their jet! (firebreathingchristian.com)
- 1 Timothy 6:1-21 Godliness (jimerwin.com)
- Joy as Fruit (genesisone.wordpress.com)
Are you right down in the dumps? Stop digging!
Every one of us is confronted with painful events: unexpected job loss, a friend who betrays you, a partner that cheats on you, someone close who commits suicide. It can shake us up considerably and force us to stand still.
To dig is good
Preferably with people whom you trust and who love you. To stand still with them and to get down to the bottom and confront the pain can be healing and enriching. Because at the bottom of the pit lie all the answers you can only find there. Often they are hidden treasures that determine how – and how quickly- you get out of the dumps.
But what if the dumps are your place of residence ?
There are people who never recover from a tragedy and remain a shadow of who they were the rest of their lives. They live in the dumps. There they dig endlessly, because one way or another it protects them from the pain of life.
On the other hand there are people who – however deep they are in trouble – they find a way out. They emerge stronger, fuller, richer. They experience that…
There is no darkness without light!
There are questions that remain unanswered. There is injustice that gives us a feeling of desolation. There is pain we cannot be reconciled with. In the middle of all of this the philosopher Lev Sjestov wants to impress on us ‘that he who is lost in eternity and to himself – and is in the mercy of immeasurable despair – is capable of paying attention to the ultimate reality’.
And this miracle happens within us. It points without doubt and irrevocably to our heart. That is where it happens. From the heart we can raise from any dump, any grave or death because life does not let go of us, light does not give up on us, because right across everything… we are carried through.
We wish you to meet people you can draw on.
Dutch original by Bond zonder Naam: Zit je in de put? Stop dan met graven!
Please do find additional reading:
- Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair
- If there is bitterness in the heart
- Walking through the valley of the shadow of death
- Hope begins in the dark
- Some one or something to fear #6 Faith in the Most High
- Getting fate in your change to positiveness
- Let us not forget it was God who chose us
- Man’s plans prevailed by God’s purpose
- God doesn’t call the qualified
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #17 Sorts of prayers
- Sow and harvests in the garden of your heart
- A good idea to halt all activity for one hour some day
- We should use the Bible every day
- Rest thy delight on Jehovah
- Being thankful
- 20 Best Gratitude Quotes
- All I want is peace!!!
- A cheerful heart filled of hope good medicine
- Open your heart
- Keep your heart on the right path
- The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around
- Picking Stones
- Got Dumped Dumpys Mini Game (forums.makingmoneywithandroid.com)
Getting dumped can be a painful matter, so imagine how Dumpy feels! He just got dumped – into the toilet no less, and then flushed into the sewers. Help him stay “alive” by navigating between the pipes.Who is Dumpy your asking? Well, simply said he is a poo. Well, yes sorry to tell you, but he is a simple and lovely retro poo character who just got dumped and tries nothing else than not crossing the line between staying alive and getting smashed by the pipes. And thats what this mini game is all about.
- SL Letter of the Day: Pain Can’t Be Avoided (slog.thestranger.com)
Three years ago my ex-boyfriend killed himself after I ended our three year relationship. He had made veiled threats while we were together about suicide—saying things like he couldn’t make it without me, etc. His death has been very difficult for me and I’ve been in weekly therapy to grieve and work through my anger, guilt, and sadness. Ultimately, the experience has been transformative and it has forced me to grow as an individual. I now live more authentically, intentionally and have more purpose.
- Dumped Me Like a Fly ,now Ya Want Me Back But Why (michellelagatule.wordpress.com)
No none nowadays takes seconds for chance
- The Masochist (jepoypapabol.wordpress.com)
He enjoys the pain that life gives when it f*cks him up. down on the ground, dirt all over but with a smile. whipped by sorrow, punished by consequences and it just made him stronger. He got his ass kicked and got up only to get kicked again. wiped away all those tears only to find his eyes wet again. He crawls on mud, breaks through glass and rolls over fire.
- Praising God in the storm (daughterbydesign.wordpress.com)
I’ve always wished that my life was perfect, pain-free, and easy. But that’s never guaranteed when you are Christian. God says that the path He calls us to walk is narrow, not wide.It’s not a path that many people will choose because it’s hard. It’s a path that leads you through valleys and storms. It’s a path that includes dying to your own self and being different from the world.
- Aches and pains (thedistinctdot.com)
When you hear the words “aches and pains” I’m sure you thought of physical pain, maybe a time when you strained a muscle or went over on your ankle. But “aches and pains” don’t need to be physical aches and pains for God to heal them, as God looks after us emotionally as well as physically, and therefore He has promised to heal our emotional aches and pains too.
- God Isn’t Testing Me… I’m Testing God (jsb10711.wordpress.com)
All pain, suffering, misery & trouble, comes from self-will… not God’s will.
All the trials & tribulations that I thought God put me through, where actually me testing God & myself to see if ‘my’ way would somehow work out better than God’s way.
- Every day is a fight with Chronic pain (youthofanation.com)
When one is in very great pain and fear, it is extremely difficult to pray coherently, and I could only raise my mind in anguish to God and ask for strength to hold on.” – Sheila Cassidy
- God in your life (linmeyercatholiccommunity.wordpress.com)
“I cannot simply live with an idea of God, because when grief and pain enter, they tend to remove any ideas that we hold as true. But when we have God in His fullness, we are not left in a room alone with grief and pain; because God is in there with us, sharing in our sufferings and showing us that He is not just the God who conquered death, He is the God who lives life with us.
- Healing The Heart (ireport.cnn.com)
In this moment I declare and surrender all pain of the past to the transformative, transfigurative Power of God. For I know that All that I experience to be trusted as God’s mystery of awakening me further. I take full responsibility for every experience in my life, especially the painful ones – knowing that Divine Perfection has called my soul to awaken through each experience – both the painful experiences and the easy experiences. I acknowledge the great gifts that have come from the pain: Wisdom, Courage, Strength, greater Compassion, the ability to help others, and a release from illusion. I embrace even more fully each of these for myself, right now in this moment. And I remain open in trusting surrender to further awakening God always has for me.