Who Are The Captives?

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me.  He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.

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Who are the captives?  When I read the word, “captives” I think of someone in a historical film who’s locked up in a dungeon, wearing torn clothes with hands and feet chained.  Who are the captives today?  Large numbers of young children who are sex slaves but also adults.

Human trafficking is a legal term for moving slaves around.  We could call it kidnapping and rape slavery but we don’t.  These poor humans are being held captive against their will and forced to do sick things.

Some of them are deceived into this Hell by being told they’ll get jobs or an education.  Others are sold into slavery by their “loved ones”.  Right now, parents are selling their flesh and blood with full knowledge of what will happen to them.  Some are not even being sold for much money. Human trafficking is not just in far away places, it’s here in North America too.  Perhaps WE passed by a captive sex slave on our way to work today.

Time to set your cappuccino down and feel uncomfortable.  Jesus wants you and I to set the captives free!

How do WE set children free from Hell as slaves?  What does Jesus want us to do?  Obviously, we can’t all fly across the globe or break down a whore house like SWAT but WE are capable of doing something big.

WE can pray, fast and ask God to work miracles!  WE can also sacrifice a few expensive meals in a restaurant, some bling, another flat screen TV and give that money to people with the resources to buy these children from those who own them.  Usually, that’s how their rescued.  Governments look the other way and even become clients so missionaries must rescue them with money to buy their freedom.  How sick is that?

Jesus wants all the captives free!

Jammed True Stories              Mission Rescue Life              Human trafficker sentenced to 9 years.

 

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Governments Don’t Approve

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Under China’s totalitarian government, people can now join a Christian Church as long as that Church registers with the government. Many Western Christians are fooled into thinking that the Chinese are now free to believe whatever they want but not quite. They’re free to believe what they want as long as the government approves.

Called the “Three-Self Patriotic Movement” all Churches must register and be approved for service times, locations and who is allowed to preach. Any Church that’s not registered gets harassed by government agents and some members are arrested and imprisoned while denied human rights. Despite the persecution, millions of Chinese are believing in Jesus and facing the hate.

Joel Osteen Doesn’t Know

Joel Osteen, “I believe my way with all my heart.”  Watch him say it on “Lary King” and decide for yourself what it means.

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Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church, Houston, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A while back, I visited Lakewood Church when I was in Houston and I found it to be nothing more than a big production. There was a stage, a camera operator on a big crane down front, lights, loud music with lots of people clapping and cheering the stars. You know who the stars of that show are, Mr and Mrs Preacher. That’s how everybody acted, like they were the stars of the show. Not Jesus.

It doesn’t appear as showy on TV as it does in real life but maybe all broadcasts are like that. Although, Joel Osteen’s message is all positive it’s missing something and feels shallow, at least to me. The majority of the crowd acted all happy, most were all smiles yet not really friendly. In fact, I found the people outside of the church to be more friendly and helpful than anyone inside. People inside the church didn’t even look at me much less say anything to me. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t dressed up in expensive clothes.

I’ve learned never trust people who smile constantly, they’re all hiding something. Mr and Mrs Preacher were all smiles in front of the camera and crowd but they acted like they couldn’t wait to run away from they’re adoring fans. As soon as the camera was off so were they and the choir immediately took their places and sang louder than before.

I’m not sure that I ever heard anyone speak the name of Jesus the whole time I was there. I left feeling empty and I never returned to Lakewood. Actually, it wasn’t unlike the average American church without cameras.

Church of the Drug Cartel

The Mexican drug madness

Mexican drug madness (Photo credit: Federacion de asociaciones cannabicas)

From the Christian Post:”Mexico’s epidemic of violence first erupted in 2006, according to most accounts.  But an ex-Muslim from India, who serves as a Christian pastor along the  Texas-Mexican border, believes the problem began much earlier, with human  sacrifice, witches, and the adoration of death in ancient Aztec days.”

“In addition to the almost 50,000 estimated to have died in Mexico’s drug violence, another 10,000 have disappeared without a trace. Many of these, Elijah is convinced, are the victims of Satanic rituals that require human sacrifice.”

Read more at the Christian Post.

“Santa Muerte (Holy Death, or Saint Death)”

“a skeleton wearing a hooded robe,  holding a scythe or globe.  Some link Santa Muerte to the Aztec goddess of the dead, Mictecacihuatl.”

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Human sacrifice, found at the foundations of La Ciudadela (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Death Worshipers

Santa Muerte

Santa Muerte (Photo credit: Anuska Sampedro)

Saint Death trailer  Watch it here.People who are falling for this lie hold onto a beliefe that death is beautiful and by worshiping the goddess of death they will receive, among other things, a good death.

“Death is beautiful,” is BS from the rear end of the golden calf!

I have watched people die, animals die including my own pets and I testify that death is NOT beautiful!

 Proverbs 8:36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.

Most of my life has been more of an existence filled with morbid thoughts and suicidal inclinations.  Since most of my life has been ugly, I want to experience a beautiful life so I choose LIFE.

John 1:4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.

John 6:48 I am the bread of life.

Moment of Resurection

       John 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread  that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

I’m Offended

Nick's cut tongue

Nick’s cut tongue (Photo credit: drewleavy)

“I’m so offended!  How dare you say that to me!  That’s unforgivable.   What did she say that for?  I got so mad at those stupid people, I cussed them out.  He stole my ideas, that bastard!”

offense results in slander = wound / injury resulting in sickness

“She gave me that look again.  What did that idiot say this time?  I hate him!  To hell with you. You’re such a screw up.  I hope that guy dies this time, he’s a jerk!”

Psalms 64:3 They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows.

“Shut up looser. Here she comes again rattling about that new car. I’m so sick of dealing with these people.”

Just a sample of some of the slanderous things we say about and to others.  I’ve said them and worse things than this.  We’re all guilty of saying and thinking such things.  Problem is, we might as well burn ourselves with acid every time we get offended at others because we do physical harm to ourselves as well as the other party.

Psalms 64:8 Their slander will bring about their demise.  All who see them will shudder,

Our evil words do us harm. We become sick, get sores in our mouths, heart attacks and so much more.  The people who have offended us may or may not get sick but we ultimately do.

Feeling sick

Feeling sick (Photo credit: tö)

I’ve just learned how getting offended injures us and causes illness watching Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural [watch it here].

 Whenever we feel offended we usually start bad mouthing someone.  According to the Bible, slander is essentially evil speech against others.  An offense is feeling insulted.  It doesn’t matter if it’s justified or not.

“I hate that creep for what he said.  That woman is so crazy she has to take pills or she’d be in a rubber room.”

Psalms 101:5 I will destroy anyone who slanders his neighbor in secret.  I will not tolerate anyone who has a cocky demeanor and an arrogant attitude.

“I hate the way they talk about how smart their kids are.  That bitch is so mean to everyone.  She has no business owning her own home.”

Psalms 26:22 The words of one who says evil of his neighbor secretly are like sweet food, they go down into the inner parts of the stomach (BBE).

The stomach digests food then sends nutrients out to every cell in the body.  If we eat bad food,  not only can it upset our stomachs but it can do harm to every part of our bodies.

Psalms 15:2 Whoever lives a blameless life, does what is right, and speaks honestly. 3 He does not slander, or do harm to others, or insult his neighbor.

“Boss, that guy you hired is a stupid, lazy jerk who can’t do anything right.  She made me feel bad about myself at the meeting.”

Proverbs 30:10 Never slander a worker to the employer, or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it (NLT).

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Sculpture by Ron Mueck – Two Women 2005 (Photo credit: Degilbo on flickr)

“Want to know what she told me?  He spends every night at a different woman’s house.”

Proverbs 11:13 The one who goes about slandering others reveals secrets, but the one who is trustworthy conceals a matter.

“Can you believe he spent all of his savings on a motorcycle?  I ought to report all of them for breaking the rules.”

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart come evil ideas, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

“That’s not fair!  I had to pay why shouldn’t they?  Everybody always hurts me!  They just let their kids do anything.”

2 Timothy 3:3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good

“I hate them!  I hate that ugly car he drives.  I’ll never forgive those horrible people for the things they said about me!”

1 Peter 2:1 So clean house!  Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk (MSG).

“You can’t tell my child to stay off your property!  Your dog crapped on my lawn so here it is.”

2 Peter 2:11 yet even angels, who are much more powerful, do not bring a slanderous judgment against them before the Lord.

“What did she mean by that remark?  Is he making fun of me?  They don’t respect me.  Damn them.”

Proverbs 19:11 A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.

“She put a candy wrapper on my desk again.  Well, no big deal.  I know she’s not paying attention to her own actions.  If she does it again I’ll show her the trash can.  It’s really just small potatoes.”

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

“Pardon me, I didn’t mean to step on your foot.  Please forgive me.”

Offensive reflection

Offensive reflection (Photo credit: Sarutobi sasuke)

Do you find this post offensive or even slanderous in some way?  Best thing to do is forgive and go on with life.

Hyper Vigilance For People

Something positive came from a kidnapping!  A teen who was kidnaped in Guatemala City now has a “hyper vigilance for people” concerning their safety.  Read more about Bethani Thomas on the International Mission Board website.

Genesis 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

Matthew 7:17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.  18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.

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View of Guatemala City with the “Agua”, “Fuego”, “Acatenango” volcanoes in the background (Photo credit: Wikipedia)