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.”

Human sacrifice, found at the foundations of L...

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

Stupid But True

Satin bedding

Satin bedding (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once a friend and I were driving around a big city and we were lost as usual, so we looked around for signs and land marks.  We found a sign alright.

Someone spray painted a pentagram on a brick wall with an evil message.  I read it to my friend, “Look, it says 666 Satan Rules”.  My friend, the English teacher told me, “Actually, it says Satin Rules.” (satin – cloth, fabric, material).  🙂

I couldn’t help but laugh… at myself.  I was never good at spelling and I’m not alone.

Now I know how to spell both words correctly.

 

Criticism

People would like you more if you got a new hair-do.”  “Your hair-do looks awful!”  “That outfit makes you look fat.”  “The clothes you wear make you look too skinny.”  “Don’t let yourself go bald!”  “I got you this anti-aging cream because you need it.”  “You know, it would be good for you to get out and so stuff more.”  “Why don’t you stay home more often?”

Cover of "Holy Bible: 10th Anniversary Ed...

Cover of Holy Bible: 10th Anniversary Edition

Q: What does the Lord of the Bible have to say about criticism?

The majority of people in this mean, cruel world are critics. They criticize you, me and everyone except themselves.  I ran a search on Net.Bible.org using the word “criticize” and to my surprise numerous scriptures came up.  Here are just a few.

Answer:

Matthew 7:1Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults–unless, of course, you want the same treatment (MSG).

Matthew 7:3 It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. 7:4 Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? 7:5 It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a wash cloth to your neighbor (MSG).

2 Corinthians 8:20 We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us (ESV).

Romans 14:16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil (ESV).

Job 6:25 How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove (NIV)?

Psalm 119:39 Take away the insults that I dread! Indeed, your regulations are good (NET).

1 Corinthians 9:3 This is my defense to those who examine me (NET).

Romans 14:13 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other.  Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is (MSG).

Job 40:2 “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty?  You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” (NLT).

Isaiah 29:24 Those who stray morally will gain understanding; those who complain will acquire insight (NET).

James 2:4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? (NASB).

Numbers 12:1 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (NASB).

Mark 14:6 But Jesus said, Let her be; why are you troubling her?  She has done a kind act to me (BBE).

My analysis: Biblical interpretations use these words as synonyms for criticism.

Criticism = pick on, jump on, criticize their faults, judge, blame, contempt, sneer, ugly sneer, evil, arguments, insults, examine, deciding what’s right for each other, argue, complain, judges with evil motives, speak against, trouble

The synonyms reek of negativity!

Most Evil

Matthew 12:31 So I say to you, Every sin and every evil word against God will have forgiveness; but for evil words against the Spirit there will be no forgiveness.

Q: What does this really mean?

I’ve heard different interpretations but the only thing that makes sense was something a Jewish man said on TV or radio.  He said that the original Hebrew uses the phrase “carry evil in the lord’s name”.  To carry evil meant to purposefully do evil therefore, Jesus is saying, anyone who purposefully does evil in the name of the Lord will not be forgiven.

An example being the Spanish Inquisition – the religious people did evil in the name of Jesus so those people are not forgiven???

Is this true?

Most Evil

Most Evil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ASK

Ask, Seek, Knock

Q: How do we ask GOD for what we want?

A:  Ask, Seek, Knock, A-S-K.  Jesus himself told us how to ask for what we need in Mathew 7:7-8;

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

He tells us plainly that it’s a 3 step process. First, we verbally ask him in prayer, out loud or in writing. Second, we must seek the answer. That means look around, go on a quest and do research. Third, we must knock “on doors”. The LORD is telling us to do something not just sit around watching TV. We have to knock on doors by trying out things, call up some people and maybe literally knock on some one’s door.

Q: “I asked GOD last Thursday for something but I didn’t get an answer!  Why not?”

A: Doing these 3 things, Ask, Seek, Knock, requires persistence over time. That means we have to keep it up and follow the process. In time, He assures us that EVERYONE who asks will receive an answer. The answer may be “Yes”, “No” or “This is how to do it.” but Jesus guarantees that EVERYONE who asks will RECEIVE an answer. The ONE who seeks FINDS what he is looking for.  The LORD uses the singular “one” instead of the plural “everyone” for seeking because not everyone will go on the quest to look and if it is meaningful we must go on a quest.  To the ONE who knocks on the door, GOD will open the door for him.  Again, the singular “one” is used with knocking because that’s more work and the majority of people will not get out and knock on doors.

Notice, that the LORD does not say, “Maybe receive… if you find it… the door might be opened” but instead He says, “Will be”. That’s called a guarantee!

Q: What if I ask Him for a better job but I don’t get it?

A: Jesus goes on to say in Mathew 7:9-11 ,

Is there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Even though, we are evil we still give our children what they ask for. He is saying that Father GOD is not evil and wants to give us good things. His nature is totally different from ours. Our nature is evil but the nature of GOD is pure and wholesome. This again backs up His guarantee that we WILL receive what we ask for when we follow the three step process of Ask, Seek, Knock.

I Screwed Up

The Prayer of Jabez

Q:  I prayed the Jabez prayer for a long time and nothing really changed.  Did I do something wrong?

I read The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson years ago but somehow I screwed up the entire meaning of it.  The prayer has 4 parts:

That you would bless me indeed,

and enlarge my territory,

that Your hand would be with me,

and that you would keep me from evil

I completely missed 4 out of 4, that’s 100% INcorrect!  To top it off, I stopped saying the words of the prayer when I got too busy with work.  Some how, I thought it all had to do with m-o-n-e-y so every time I prayed these words I thought about financial blessings.  You would bless me with money indeed, enlarge my financial territory, Your hand would be with me and my money and that you would keep me from doing evil with my money.  Money was my only intent.

A:  Since I’m now running out of money I’m asking for God’s help and I’m getting answers.  I found the book amongst all my others, read it again and it was like reading a new book for the first time.  How did I twist it so that it was unrecognizable.  The prayer and the book don’t really have anything to do with money.  In fact, it’s about our relationship with God and other people.  The prayer and the book don’t mention money or finances.  Blessings of money can come with it but the core of the prayer is about much more valuable things.

The first part, “That you would bless me indeed,” includes all of the LORD’s blessings to us.  Mr. Jabez didn’t ask God how to bless him but left it entirely up to God.  Of course, God wants us to ask for what we want but I was so over focused on the financial aspect that I didn’t leave any room for real blessings to come in.

Second, “and enlarge my territory,” is asking the LORD to “enlarge your life so you can make a greater impact for Him” (p.30).  It’s not about us and it’s not about money for us!  It’s always about God and what He wants for us.  What He wants for us is bigger than anything that we want for ourselves.  I have made money over the years but I was miserable, hated my job and career, and found myself in more debt than money.

Third, “that Your hand would be with me,” is to ask Him to work miracles in our lives that can never be accomplished by human means.  For example, adding 3000 members to the body of Christ in one day as told in Acts 11:21.  Material needs came along with this miracle but material needs (money) were not the miracle.

Last, “and that you would keep me from evil” is asking God to keep us away from evil.  That’s very straight forward.  For example, keep me from hanging out with people who are evil and want evil for me.  This is another one of my big faults.  I tend to associate with those who are bad influences on me.

Although, I prayed the words in the past, I attached a faulty meaning to those words and by doing so I screwed myself!  We can’t pull one over on God.  He’s not deceived by words only and he knows are true intentions.  Now, I’ve started over and I’m praying the words in the truest meaning.  First, that the LORD would bless me in all the ways that He sees fit knowing that he wants me to make wise decisions with money.  Second, to enlarge my life for Him and make an impact for His good on the miserable mud ball.  Third, that His hand would work miracles for His kingdom.  Last, that the LORD will keep me from all forms of evil because I’m just as week as everybody else.  (You may also read, Holes In My Money Bag.)

Please let me know if there’s anything else that I’ve screwed up.

P.S.  I recommend, Avoid presumptions about God’s will” by Grantley Morris.

Me Evil?

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Q: I’m not evil, I’ve never killed anybody!  How can I be evil?  I’m too sweet.

A: We tend to think of “evil” as a raving psycho killer with a chain saw.  According to Psalm 14:3,Everyone rejects God; they are all morally corrupt.  None of them does what is right, not even one!‘” All of us are guilty of not doing what is right at least once if not always.  God is telling us, the essence of evil is simply to not do what is right.