Vengeance

There are times, either during my devotion and praise and worship or doing nothing important at all, when the Holy Spirit drops a word into my spirit. One of those times I heard, “forgiveness is the antidote to revenge“. I wrote the sentence down and started researching its meaning because I wanted to make sure that I understood the knowledge I’d received. I’ve been able to write several articles because of that one word.

Today, I would like to share what I learned about revenge. The dictionary defines antidote as: /ˈan(t)iˌdōt/ 1. a medicine taken or given to counteract a particular poison. When I read this, I thought wow! If forgiveness is the medicine that counteracts revenge, then revenge is poison to humans!

Jehovah God knows His creation, inside out. It is for this reason that He took ownership of vengeance. Deuteronomy 32:35 says, “Vengeance and payback are mine for the time when their foot slips; for the day of their calamity is coming soon, their doom is rushing upon them.” Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

What very few people know and understand is that the act of vengeance breaks something in humans. Elohim CANNOT be broken so, every time you are tempted to “pay back” or “even the scale” because of a wrong done to you, remember: vengeance belongs to Jehovah God. It is His property. He reemphasizes this truth over and over in the Bible. (Romans 12:19, Hebrews 10:30, I Peter 2:13, etc.)

Now, some may say, I cannot wait for God to avenge me because He’s too busy with other important things. Usually, this thought is seated on a warped or ignorant view of Jehovah Roi (The God who sees me). Let me say this, first, God is perfect and everything He does is perfect…including vengeance. Second, search the volumes of history and you’ll find proof of how perfect the vengeance of Jehovah God is. Search the Holy Bible and you’ll find situations after situations where Jehovah stepped in to right a wrong done to one person, one family, one nation, and one race.

Let’s call Rachel to the stand and have her testify about her marriage to a man who loved her sister. Let her tell us how God saw the injustice against her and give her a supernatural ability to fulfill the requirement of womanhood (in her time); the fruit of the womb. God saw that she was unloved and gave her validation and affirmation over and over again as each of her children were born.

You’ve heard about Joseph, right? Can you see him walking the halls of the palace as the second ruler of Egypt? Can you see him acknowledging the bows and reverence of his subjects, and remembering his time in the pit? I’m sure there were times, as he basked in the honor and privilege of his new position, when he remembered his slavery to Potiphar, the sexual harassment from Potiphar’s wife, and his false imprisonment. But, Jehovah God was working through each and every injustice and every wrong was made right in an amazing way.

I cannot end without us hearing from David. You know David, the boy who would be king. Most people do not realize that the boy had to grow up hearing his name associated with that horrible term meaning “born out of wedlock“. Psalms 51:5 says “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.” His father and brothers thought very little of him. His king hated him to scorn and hunted him for years, trying to kill him. But…but Jehovah God knew him and called him “the man after my own heart”. What an awesome character reference!

Yes, David can boasts about God’s right to vengeance. So much so that, when David was given the choice between judgement from man or God (one of the times he’d sinned against Jehovah God) King David choose God’s punishment. David choose God’s vengeance against his own self because he understood that God is perfect…even in vengeance. And he was right: God tempered His vengeance and His justice with mercy and love for King David and for His people when David pray and pleaded. (II Samuel 24:11-14.)

You’ve probably realized by now, as I did, that Jehovah God’s vengeance does not look like ours. His vengeance can include retribution or recompense or punishment or so much more. The point is, He knows what works perfectly each and every time. So, if today you’re contemplating getting back at anyone, may I plead with you to give it to God instead? Don’t do His work for him. We do not know how to get revenge but God does because He knows everything.

He watched what happened from every angle and from every vantage point. He heard every thought. He knows and understands every motive. He saw every act and every deed. He knows and understands every part the enemy played in whatever happened. Only Jehovah God can redeem what happened. Only He can fix it so, please, let it go and let God fix it. 🙏🏽

OVERCOMERS

I once heard someone say that we never really loose our demons; instead, we learn to live above them. But, the Bible says the we overcome the devil (demon of all demons) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus the Christ) and by the word of our testimony (our telling of the tests we’ve passed because of our faith in Jesus the Christ). Revelations 12:11.

So, I can say that we do, we will, and we shall completely loose every demon plaguing our lives. Yes, we will do so by the powerful Blood of Jesus (the Blood that WAS even before the foundations of the world was laid). I Peter 1:20 You see, it reaches throughout all dimensions including time. Revelations 13:8 And we will overcome by the very word of our testimonies because the retelling of our struggles, and sorrows, and trials, and how Jehovah God carried us through each and every one is one of the ways that we OVERCOME.

Today and every day, remember that you’ve been given a powerful weapon to win. Open your mouths and tell the devil and his demons how God brought you out. Remind them of the times when you thought it was over but God. Remind every enemy about the time you had one foot in the grave but God. Remind yourself about the times you made your own bed in hell, but God came for you and snatched you out. Let the accuser of our souls know that all of his accusations were blocked by the veil of Jesus precious Blood. Then, remind him that his accusations are being blocked now, and that they will continue to be blocked because The Blood of Jesus still works! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

EXPENSIVE LESSONS

This picture of Dr. Cindy Trimm’s post and her response to Nancy needs to go viral! So many people come to the end of their lives with regrets and, incorrectly, blame God for their wrong thinking. They feel used, misused, and abused because of misguided thinking. Yes, I know that there are “ministers” that work to capitalize on that wrong thinking but, if you stop treating people like they are gods and depend completely on The Holy Spirit (the only God on earth), you will be guided to the truth.

Today, I’ve come to the understanding that you can respect and honor men and women of Jehovah God without allowing yourself to be manipulated, abused, swindled, or strayed away from the path of your destiny and purpose. If you’ve had a bad experience with a church or any man/woman of God, put it in the column of “Expensive Lessons” and return to your first love, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to create in you clean heart. A heart free from unforgiveness, bitterness, hate, and revenge. Ask The Holy Spirit of Jehovah to lead, guide, and direct you back to YOUR purpose and destiny. It will not be easy but this is absolutely necessary. Remember that faith requires trust: you will be challenged to trust the goodness and sovereignty of God. It will be difficult but not impossible. If you let Him, the Holy Spirit will help you during this process.

Every day, you’ll begin to think less and less about the injustice or unfairness of what happened, and more about your purpose. Being purpose driven will be your “Balm in Gilead”. Growth and maturity in Christ will reveal that the experience was simply the enemy’s attempt to destroy you but God’s grace (always available but only works when applied) was there for you. God’s grace is always there for His children. I pray that The Holy Spirit will continue to nudge us; reminding us to apply His grace, as we continue on this journey.

GOD’S CALLING

Years of struggles. Heartbreaks. Bad decisions like thunderstorms chased by lightning, echoed over and over again in my life. Sick and tired of hitting my head against walls, one day I asked why? Why won’t it stop? Why can’t I just be done? Why must I continue in this world with so much pain? There was no answer. So I asked, what? What do You want? What do You want from me? I was asking God this, but I heard nothing…nothing…and nothing for months. I gave up. I was done physically, emotionally, and mentally. I was done.

I walked around in a semiconscious state for months. I remember seeing the puzzled looks being passed between colleagues, friends, and family. On one occasion, I actually heard my brother asking his niece (my daughter) what was wrong with me. I heard and saw them but did not react. Then, one day in July while playing a silly game on my phone and actually trying to figure out ways to cheat at it, I heard “I am Holy! I called you to holiness! I called you to be set apart!”

I heard this in my body. I heard it, or as close to it as I’m able to put in human words, in my spirit. It reverberated in every cell of my soul. I cannot explain it any further…not really…and I do not think I have to. What I can explain is this: in that single instance I felt the convergence of my first experience with The Holy Spirit at 12 years old (when I was baptized with the evidence of speaking in tongues) and this call to a position in the kingdom of Jehovah God, for which I am still in training.

It is an ongoing process! One that requires a stripping away of so many different things, people, places, mindsets, behaviors, etc. that, if I were to list them, this would be much too long. Now, I’d like to brag and say that I’ve been holding on, or walking the path, or all of those things we say to sound super saved (and super spiritual) but the truth is; all I did was respond. I immediately deleted the game, I repented, and waited for “next step”.

Today, I continue to train and learn to follow. Yes, I fail and recover but then, I begin again. I do so with great fear and trembling. My prayer each day is that Jehovah God be magnified by, in, through, over, under, and around all that I was, all that I am, and all that I will be. In Jesus Name and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Quick question, have you responded to your call?

Trust

I once heard a pastor say that trust in a marriage is like having a dining room table filled with all the things each other has done in life that, if exposed to the world, could destroy either husband or wife. And then consciously deciding to leave it uncovered to each other every day! That is TRUST. Trust was the character that I didn’t know I was missing but needed the most…until I found it.

“I Trust you” is so much more powerful than “I love you”. In my lifetime, I’ve learned the hard way that you can love a person and not trust them at all!!! It took me some time, however, to learn that you cannot trust a person and not love them. That is not to say that love (although we use it so flippantly today) is without power. In fact, usually when we say love, what we really mean is attraction, infatuation, or lust. It takes a whole lot of living, and failing, and learning, to fully understand that, love without respect is a ticking time bomb that leads to all kinds of death. However; love, built on the foundation of respect and trust, can never be destroyed!

Today, I not only strive to be more trustworthy in my personal relationship but in all my other relationships as well. Each day, I pray for discernment so that I am more frequently in the company of those I can trust. So, in your pursuit of happiness, look for the one you can trust. And, your respect for that rare character, will lead you to the most beautiful love ever.🙏🏽

Dark Days

Sometimes we die, not from the initial blast of a love one’s betrayal but, from the little shrapnel that takes its time moving through our bodies. Moving slowly, as we struggle to cope with the trauma of that wound. Moving purposefully, in-spite of the efforts we make to start over, pick up the pieces, and begin again. And moving painfully; even as all of those watching the “train wreck” of your life begin to lose interest at signs of your recovery. It moves until it reaches the heart. To add insult to injury; the cause of that death is, more often than not, misdiagnosed. Suicide? No, just the effect of an untreated wound.

At the Name of Jesus

So, every once in a while, I hear something that my spirit vehemently rejects. Be it something that, I believe, contradicts the Word of God or a statement that is just demonically twisted/askew: whenever I sense this within my spirit I am tasked to go and study the Word of Jehovah God. After I’ve prayed, I “study to show myself approved unto God.” Today was one of those times: I heard something which led me to pray and study.

I was watching a movie, an African movie, about spiritual bondage. In this movie, the man playing the role of a Lucifer-like character challenged the pastor in his church. The pastor was rebuking him using the Name of Jesus saying “at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow”. Well, this satan-like character “corrected” the pastor saying he was mis-quoting the verse. (Yes, the enemy does know the scriptures but, as he did in the Garden of Eden, and when he tried to tempt our Lord Jesus, satan is also very fond of twisting God’s Word. So, be aware.)

The satan-like character told the pastor that the verse actually states “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…not shall now.” This demon goes on to define the word should vs shall. Should meaning there is a choice vs shall which eliminates choice. When I heard that, my initial reaction was okay, what is the enemy trying to do here? The answer? What he’s always done: twist The Word of Jehovah God for his own use.

My study began in Philippians Chapter two in the KJV and then on to several other versions of The Bible. King James says: “…That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” However, that is not all it says. You see, this verse could be misunderstood if taken out of context. So, let’s put it back in context.

The writer Paul was admonishing the church in Phillipa to practice humility. As he gave them examples of how humility should play out in their lives, Paul ended the topic by giving The Perfect example of humility: Jesus. Paul explained how Jesus perfected His humility even unto death. Paul explains that our Lord Jesus personified humility with the knowledge that God the Father would then place EVERYTHING under His feet. So, because our Lord Jesus did fulfill the requirements of perfect humility, Jehovah God the Father did place EVERYTHING under the feet of Jesus.

This is what we can stand on: the call was for the perfect sacrifice (JESUS) to empty Himself, and be completely humble, humble unto death…even the death of the cross. The Bible says that He despised its shame but, He answered the call and fulfilled the task. Therefore, all that should now shall…this means, they will. So yes, At The Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD to the glory of JEHOVAH GOD our Father!!!!!!!

Philippians 2:3-11 AMP

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility], who, although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]; but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man]. After He was found in [terms of His] outward appearance as a man [for a divinely-appointed time], He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also [because He obeyed and so completely humbled Himself], God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW [in submission], of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess and openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (sovereign God), to the glory of God the Father.”

Philippians 2:3-11 KJV

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

This Christian Walk

Wow! The Holy Spirit of Jehovah God is awesome! For about 3 years or so now, I’ve sought His leading, guidance, reprimands, refiner’s fire, friendship, mentoring, training, and so much more. He never ceases to amaze me!!! This morning, He laid the word “reputation” on my heart and, because I am still a work in process, my mind immediately went to thinking ”Yayyyyyyyyyyy, God is finally ready to correct, fix, improve, etc. my reputation!” I can admit that there was a high level of glee in me as I assumed that this was the reason for The Comforter’s prompting this morning. Well, not so. No, it was to be another lesson in humility…but not just your common humbleness…this one is on a much higher level. This humility, when practiced faithfully, leads to inner peace and a closer walk with Elohim. Full disclosure? It comes at a cost but the benefits are worthy of the pain…

So, as I do frequently, I began studying The Word(Bible), the Internet, and my Christian apps for references of Jehovah God fixing the reputations of His children. But, the passages and blogs and commentaries I kept finding did not match what I had in mind. Finally, I landed on the one that The Holy Spirit had designed just for me!😊 Guess what? It focused on how to overcome shame and a ruined reputation by repenting, soul searching, praying, and love. What??? Yep!

Truthfully, I didn’t want to keep reading it but I could not stop. I read the whole thing with tears streaming down my face and, when I was done, I repented, I did some soul searching, I prayed, and I made a resolve to love in spite of any and everything. Please understand that I am only able to do this daily by The Holy Spirit’s power…without Him, without Jehovah God, I can do nothing.

This Christian walk that we are on is so much more about us and Jehovah God than it is about us and the world. Yes, we are to be salt and light to the world. But we can only be those things, authentically, when our walk with Jehovah God is on point!!! I’m adding a link to the blog below for you…just in case The Holy Spirit designed it for you as well.😊🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽