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Can You Handle Rejection?

One of the ways we know the Bible is being misinterpreted is when the theologians (and others) blame God for what is going on, or in the case of poor Cain and Abel, insist that one is saved by “good works” or simply, saved by works, period. cainandabel753812_960_720 St. Paul spent a good deal of time on this topic, even going so far as to say that those who return to a works-salvation are placing themselves under a curse. (Galatians 3:10-13) No, it is not about nature of the gifts – the grain or the animal; these are natural beings.  As always it is about the heart of man.

The story of these two brothers comes early in Genesis because the rest of history will be about wars between brothers, and then non-brothers and on and on.  God expects from all of us a portion of our “increase” that is the Biblical word, to honor Him as the generous God making all of life possible and profitable.  Abel brought a present from his flock, but Cain was a farmer and brought some grain. (Genesis 4:1-16)

The redactors might have us believe that it was all because God expected a blood sacrifice not a loaf of bread.  But that does not match the holy book. God has instructed us to bring of our first fruits.  Apparently Cain has no animal stock.  and as a farmer he brought the best of that. There is no record that God condemned the offering from the field. In fact later on we read of a bread offering under the Law.

And Cain was rejected.  No, God is not pulling a fast one here.  He has not indicated that some form of gift is preferable to another.  I would remind those of you reading this now that you may be an artist, or a housewife, or a parent, or an office worker.  What you bring to the Lord’s table is the best job that you can do for your employer and for yourself.  Can you say to God – this is the very best that I can do?  I sometimes wonder about people whose only gift to the church is some old clothes for the poor.  Gee, thanks. The Bible says the poor need money not clothing,  But that is for another day.

Genesis is full of tests.

 First Adam and Eve get sidetracked.  Now these two brothers have a test.  Will Abel gloat over his brother and say, “Nah Nah” God accepted my gift and not yours?  Will Cain realize that his reaction to being rejected is on trial here?

I’ve had many successes in life but I learned lots more from my failures. I’ve been severely rejected a dozen times, all very painful and sometimes very costly.  I’ve been lied about and slandered.  One man even traveled to the West Coast to assure someone that I was a liar because the donor had $38,000 for him.  God remembers this by the way.  He will repay.

But back to Cain.  Here is his chance to examine what happened.  He muses, “Did I do something wrong, or did I just not check thoroughly on what God wanted?  Is this a test of my believing God?”

Jealousy is the rage of a man. 

Look around you.  Is not a lot of politics “murdering” another – their reputation, their home, their finances – in order to win public applause and recognition? Dan Rather allowed bitterness to lead him into revenge which backfired and he was forced to retire. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-time-george-h-w-bush-stuck-it-to-dan-rather-on-live-television

Cain failed the test

The Bible says Cain failed this test.  Instead of realizing this was his test, he believed it was a competition with Abel.  No, God does not set up competitions between his people.  We compete against ourselves. Paul speaks of going for a prize, but not against another person, but against his own call from God.  Cain looked at his situation in envy and bitterness.  The Bible says we are not to allow a root of bitterness, revenge and blame to arise among us.  (Hebrews 12:15) But this happened and he murdered his brother.

Do you know what is inside?

The test is not about showing God what you are made of.  He already knows, but do you? Cain learned something about himself and reacted – badly.  Did he learn?  Apparently not.

He failed the Reaction Test. His lesson can be ours.  We look at the Bible and think all our tests are what we do or fail to do – our actions.  But God wants our reactions to be holy as well. What is yours?

This will link you up with Rabbic teaching on this topic. 

https://findingourselvesinbiblicalnarratives.net/2016/10/09/what-god-is-and-what-god-is-not/

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The Book of Mormon (stage show) and Demonic Attack

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I was innocently changing channels when I heard this song -the words, curses and demons -met my ear.  Since this is something I know about, I stopped to listen. A man is singing about how demons are attacking his mind – guilt, fear, anger, revenge, homosexuality, regret, confusion, lying, for starts. He is told to turn it off by his Mormon leader.

It doesn’t work, and it is not supposed to work.  Mental disciple is important but getting rid of demons is not only deliberate mind control.  Demons are spirit beings and must be dealt with by the Spirit of man through the Spirit of God. The answer is not in the Book of Mormon or any other man-made book.

Here are the lyrics of this song.

ELDER MCKINLEY
I got a feelin’ that you could be feelin’
A whole lot better than you feel today
You say you got a problem…well, that’s no problem!
It’s super easy not to feel that way
When you start to get confused because of thoughts in your head –
Don’t feel those feelings – hold them in instead!

Turn it off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘click’!
It’s a cool little Mormon trick
We do it all the time

When you’re feeling certain feelings that just don’t seem right
Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light –

And turn ’em off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘bap’!
Really, what’s so hard about that?
Turn it off!
Turn it off!

ELDER CHURCH
When I was young, my Dad would treat my Mom real bad
Every time the Utah Jazz would lose
He’d start a-drinkin’, and I’d start a-thinkin’
How’m I gonna keep my Mom from getting abused?
I’d see her all scared and my soul was dyin’!
My Dad would say to me, ‘Now don’t you dare start crying!’

Turn it off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘flick’!
It’s our nifty little Mormon trick!
Turn it off!
Turn. It. Off!

ELDER THOMAS
My sister was a dancer, but she got cancer
The doctor said she still had two months more
I thought she had time, so I got in line
For the new iPhone at the Apple Store
She laid there dying with my Father and Mother
Her very last words were, “Where is my brother?”

Turn it off! (Yeah!)
Bid those sad feelings adieu!
The fear that I might get cancer too…

[laughter]

ELDER MCKINLEY
When I was in fifth grade, I had a friend Steve Blade (Oooh, Steve Blade…)
He and I were close as two friends could be (We could be close…)
One thing led to another, and soon I would discover (Wow!)
I was having really strange feelings for Steve…
I thought about us on a deserted island (We’re all alone…)
We’d swim naked in the sea, and then he’d try and –

Woah! Turn it off!
Like a light switch
There it’s gone! (Good for you!)
My hetero side just won!
I’m all better now
Boys should be with girls – that’s Heavenly Father’s plan
So, if you ever feel you’d rather be with a man –
Turn it off!

ELDER PRICE
Well, Elder McKinley, I think it’s okay that you’re having gay thoughts. Just so long as you never act upon them.

ELDER MCKINLEY
No, ’cause then you’re just keepin’ it down
Like a dimmer switch on “low”… (On “low”…)
Thinking nobody needs to know (Uh oh…)
But that’s not true!
Being gay is bad, but lying is worse
So just realize you have a curable curse –
And turn it off! (Turn it off!)
Turn it off!

Turn it off!

Now, how do you feel?

ELDER PRICE
The same.

ELDER MCKINLEY
Then you’ve only got yourself to blame
You didn’t pretend hard enough
Imagine that your brain is made of tiny boxes
Then find the box that’s gay and CRUSH IT!
Okay?

ELDER PRICE
No, no…I’m not having gay thoughts!

ELDER CUNNINGHAM
Alright! It worked! (Yay!)

He turned it off…
Turn it off…
Turn it off!
Turn it off! (Turn it off!)
Like a light switch
Just go ‘click’! (Click click!)
What a cool little Mormon trick (Trick trick!)
We do it all the time!

When you’re feelin’ certain feelings that just don’t seem right
Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light
And turn it off!
Like a light switch on a cord
And now he isn’t gay any –

Turn it, turn it, turn it, turn it…
Turn it, turn it, turn it, turn it…
Tuuuuuurn it…
Turn it off!
…Off!!!

First, feelings have nothing to do with it.  Demons create the negative feelings of lust, or envy, rage, the list goes on.  The devil’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy you with evil thoughts and emotions.

How do you react?  Immediately you eliminate contact with the problem source.  If you are watching porn, then make a covenant with your eyes, a term from the book of Job, and never watch again.  You can set your compute to warn you or eliminate that.

More importantly you must recognize that the devil, the enemy of your soul, is out there looking for ways to destroy you at any point where you let evil take over your mind.  If it is music stop that too.  If you have unsavory friends, get better friends.

But the best warfare is to say out loud (the bathroom is a good place for this as others might not think this is cool) and say the following as loudly as you can.

“Satan get off my back and out of my life.  I know who you are and what you are doing in Jesus name flee from me and never come back.”  Then announce the troubles he is causing,

People ask me, why the loud voice?  Because demons will pretend to be deaf.  And if you shout, you sound mad  If you whisper a rebuke no one will take you seriously.

My daughter had a terrible stomach ache when she was in elementary school.  She went to the girls room and shouted just as I have instructed you.  You do not need to be 12 to do this; you can be any age.  The authority of Jesus’ name does not depend on your age or status.  Be aggressive.  What about “steal, kill and destroy” sounds passive to you?

Tell the devil off whenever you need and this will clean up your mind and your life.  But turning something off simply won’t work.  If it did work it would be in the Bible.

How the Election of 2016 Reflected Theology

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The campaign of 2016 is still continuing with protests( financed by George Soros and others) and a cranky media refusing to say they didn’t know what was happening.  Meanwhile the newly elected President is doing what he promised to do.trutherrorgraphic

Here is a diagram to classify to worldviews.  Do you recognize where you are?

Unforgiveness ties God’s Hands

There are sins that one can easily call unforgivable. I think of Christian children in Syria, Israel, Iraq and Gaza who have been beheaded by the Islamic horde. To ask a father and mother to forgive these demon swarms seems like asking too much.

However there is a secret to forgiveness about which most believers are not well-taught. God cannot exact vengeance or retribution without your prior forgiveness. Of course, He Himself may decide that an evil is so egregious that He acts to bring down judgment all on His own. I believe we can expect to see that happen.forgiveness image

God has a special hatred for killers of innocent children. Whole societies have been judged because of what the Bible calls the sin of Molech.

Leviticus 20 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Again, you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘Whoever of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who gives any of his descendants to Molech, he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I will set My face against that man, and will cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name.

The god Molech demanded the sacrifice of children and the penalty to the parent or relative was death. This is serious business.

Egypt, after it slaughtered the Hebrew children roughly between 1290 and 1440 B.C.E. was never again a world power, even until today. The same is true of the great Roman Empire. What happened to it? They slaughtered about 6,000 Hebrew babies when Jesus was born and poof – in no time they are a dim memory on the European continent.  Italy came back after it endorsed Christianity. In the expanse of history one learns that God not only is not dead, He isn’t even napping.

How does this work? Simply put your unforgiveness ties His hands. He would like to judge and bring vengeance but you are standing in His way.

Romans 12:19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

When He says “it is mine” He means, “it is not yours.” The principle is simple but for many it is certainly not easy. We all marveled when some women who were snatched and trapped as sex slaves said they had forgiven their captors. Years of slavery in someone’s dark, wet basement is worse than any time ever served in Alcatraz. Yet it is possible to do so. Forgiveness frees you – and places them, whomever they are – on God’s hit list. It may take some time for us to see the results.

In my own memory I’ve had to forgive some very nasty business – theft, slander, revenge, rape. In most cases I have later learned of some ghastly judgment they endured that had nothing at all to do with me.

God does that by the way. He may be judging them for sins against you, but He doesn’t let on. That is because you gave up your right to judge them. One man lost his ministry. A woman had an accident so unusual and so disfiguring I can’t contemplate the pain. However these two had a long list of victims, unbeknownst to me.

God is not accountable to tell you what He has done or what He will do in your case. It was several years in both these cases that I learned through mutual friends of their troubles. Because once He takes your case, you are off it. He becomes your attorney and the Judge. Stand back and watch the judgments of the Lord.

As I write this I believe we can apply this to the terrorists who are wreaking havoc across the globe, and coming to our Texas border. We are not asked to let them in, or refrain from fighting them with every ounce. We have a right and a responsibility to defend ourselves against what is Satanic.

But having said all, stand and see what God will do.

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