God Isn’t Fair

A seated, listless child, who was among many k...As far as I’ve learned about recorded history, there has always been world hunger and homelessness.  There’s always someone who’s in great need and someone else with more than enough.  I’ve asked the same question that many of us ask, “If there is a God Why Doesn’t He Do Something?  Why did God give some people so much and others so little?  God isn’t fair!” 

Q: Did God give some people wealth so they could flaunt it and look down there noses at those who are poor?

One day, I received the answer.

2 Corinthians 9:11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

1 Timothy 6:17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.

Proverbs 22:9 A generous person will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

Proverbs 11:24 One person is generous  and yet grows more wealthy, but another withholds more than he should  and comes to poverty.  11:25 A generous person will be enriched, and the one who provides water for others will himself be satisfied.  11:26 People will curse the one who withholds grain, but they will praise the one who sells it.

Hebrews 13:16 And do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.

A:  God gave wealth to some people so they would generously give to those who don’t have what they need.  So it’s not God being unfair, it’s those of us who have but don’t give!  Many of us still haven’t learned this.

How To Be Healed

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The healing of the paralytic : wall painting in the baptistry of the domus ecclesiae in Dura Europos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Q: Since we can’t run up to Jesus and ask him to heal us like people did in the Bible how do we ask Him for healing today?

A: ASK Jesus. Matthew 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.

Ask – Verbally ask him in prayer, out loud or in writing.

Seek – Seek out the answer. Look around, go on a quest and do research.

Knock – The LORD is telling us to do something not just sit around.

I’ve been one sick puppy. Diagnosed with the mysterious fibromialgia, horribly severe acne and rosacea, depression, sleep disorder, anxiety, ADD and sensitive teeth. Fibromialgia pain is real! I remember waking up with throbbing pain in my sternum, back, shoulders and joints. It was inconsistent pain that moved around. Five minutes of pain in one area then it left and appeared in another area. Sometimes pain woke me up and other times I couldn’t sleep because of it. After a while, pain meds and antidepressants stopped working so I got desperate enough to believe that God would heal me. Then He did!

Q: How?

A: 1st I read every scripture in the Bible that I could find having to do with healing. There’s a lot. I read it out loud every day.

Proverbs 4:20-22 My child, pay attention to my words; listen attentivelyto my sayings. 21 Do not let them departfrom your sight, guardthem within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and healing to one’s entire body.

2nd On my way to work while sitting in traffic, alone in my car I literally screamed, “Please heal me Jesus!”

Psalms 30:2 O Lord my God, I cried out to you and you healed me.

3rd When I caught myself thinking negative thoughts and saying negative words I changed them into positives. “I’ll always be sick. I can’t get better, I’m too far gone. Does God want me to be healthy?” Became; “I am healed. Got brought back the dead so he can heal me. Jesus never turned away anyone who asked to be healed so He wants me healthy.”

Proverbs 12:18 Speaking recklesslyis like the thrusts of a sword, but the wordsof the wise bringhealing.

4th I took my meds, improved my eating habits and got counseling for trauma that happened in the past. I learned from therapy that the mind-body connection is in the basal ganglia. Not that I really understand that but when we experience emotional pain it turns into physical pain until we deal with it.

Ezekiel 47:12 And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not whither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.

5th I give thanks to God for all His healing.

Luke 17:15 Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praisingGod with a loud voice.

Healing takes time. We’ve been taught to think that God will only heal us instantly and if we’re not healed instantly then we’re not healed. Not true. Some of us are healed instantly and for the rest healing takes time. Both are miraculous.

Isaiah 53:5 He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well;because of his wounds we have been healed.

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

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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.

College Debt = Bad Debt

Danger Will Robinson!

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Q:  Why do we think we have to go to college?

Throughout my life, I heard the message, “You can’t make it these day without a college degree.”  Later, the message morphed into, “You can’t make it these day without an advanced college degree.”  I believed what I heard and fell for it all hook, line and sinker.  Now, I’m caught in a fishy net of debt, stress and hating my career that I’m still paying for.  I’m not alone!

A: We think that we have to get college degrees because we all want more money and higher status.  Our society has done a great job of hitting us with the message that we must have a; college degree, big house, new car, vacation, cable TV, an advanced college degree, yata, yata, yata.

Proverbs 23:4-5 Do not wear yourself out to become rich; be wise enough to restrain yourself. 5 When you gaze upon riches, they are gone, for they surely make wings for themselves, and fly off into the sky like an eagle!

Of course, society doesn’t have to work very hard to turn us toward materialism.  Timothy 6:9 Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  We all long to be rich, affluent and upwardly mobile.

Q: If we don’t go to college what are we going to do, work at McDonald’s?

A: We all need job skills but the problem is college does us no good if we come out deeper in debt than ever before.  Proverbs 22:7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a servant to the lender.  Truly, we end up in a worse situation because we are more of a poor servant than before.

Mark Cuban has been observing and asking great questions about what’s really going on in higher education in his blog, BlogMaverick.com.  He compares the college debt game with the housing bubble and how it is likely to affect our nation and economy in the, closer than we want to think, future.

As usual, Mark Cuban is on the money.  To sum up his post, the money for these expensive student loans comes from the US government as well as much of the money that colleges use to build bigger buildings then raise tuition.  All of this educational borrowing has the same consequences as those easy ARM home loans did and we end up broker.  I recommend reading his article and it’s not all doom and gloom as he does give us some light in a dark place.

Q: Hey, Mark Cuban got a college degree so why listen to him?

That’s a great question!  Cuban earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.  He worked as a bartender, dance instructor, and made money selling things to pay for college.  To top it off, he chose the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University because out of all the business schools on the top 10 list of that time, Kelley cost the least!  Now he’s so rich that he’s a shark on Shark Tank (Wikipedia on Mark Cuban).

A: Therefore, Cuban is qualified to give advice about money, college and business.  He’s not saying, don’t go to college instead, DON’T go into debt to go to college.  He also gives us alternatives to traditional college.

Proverbs 13:20  The one who associates with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

Listen to the robot, “Danger, Will Robinson!  Danger in student loans!”

Q: Why Lie?

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Q: Why the lie?                                   

I know a woman who believed she had to lie to buy a jet ski. She saved her money for quite some time then looked for a used jet ski that an individual was selling not at a dealership. She found a jet ski priced at $950 but she had only saved $700. She was determined to spend only what she saved and no borrowing money.  A very good thing to do, however, she thought she had to invent a lie to get it for $700.   

The lie she conjured was more complicated than a Charles Dickens novel.  I couldn’t follow it.  She practiced her story then after meeting the seller and seeing the jet ski she told her sad story. He believed her and sold her the jet ski for $350 less than his asking price including the trailer. She gave him $700 cash and took it home.

As soon as she got on the road with the jet ski and trailer bad things started happening.  Proverbs 19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and the one who spouts out lies will not escape punishment.  Her car got a flat tire causing her to block traffic, had to call a friend to help her change the tire, waited for him out in the heat and traffic for an hour then he had problems changing the tire.  Finally, he got the donut on, she drove it home and parked the jet ski in the garage where it has sat for two months.

Now, I’ve heard that she regrets buying the jet ski. Apparently, after she got it home she took a closer look and found things that need fixing. Her estimates of the repairs are over $250 plus what ever else she would have to buy to start riding it out on the lake. By the way, the nearest lake is at least two hours from her house!

After hearing this story, I keep asking myself, Why did she think she had to lie to buy?  The purchase was a business deal and business is business. That means there’s no need to bring personal issues and heavy emotions into the deal.

A: The reason for the lie was out of this woman’s desperation, fear and greed. DESPERATION is feeling like, “I must have this and have it now!”  Psalm 102:2 Do not ignore me in my time of trouble! Listen to me! When I call out to you, quickly answer me!  FEAR is, “I’m afraid that I’ll miss another opportunity and I’ll be miserable.”  2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. GREED is, “I must have that whatever.”  Jeremiah 6:13 That is because, from the least important to the most important of them, all of them are greedy for dishonest gain.

Q: What else could she do?

A: If I were buying the jet ski (yes, I want a jet ski too) I would learn what ever I needed to know about jet skis or have a knowledgable friend with me whom I trusted to look it over completely before making a decision. (Note: This woman is knowledgable about the machine she simple got too excited and bought it without checking all the systems.) Then I would honestly tell the man, “Since it has this problem and needs that fixed will you take $700 cash? It’s all that I have.” Hold the ca$h out for him to see it! If he said, “No, I can’t go that low.” it would be okay.  I would politely thank him for his time and leave. That’s it.  That’s business.

When things don’t work out I have learned that, “It wasn’t meant to be. God has something better for me elsewhere.”  I don’t become desperate for whatever, like I used to when I was younger. This has saved me not only money but emotional stress as well. I trust God especially with expensive purchases.  Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the unfaithful destroys them. Not to say that I don’t make bad decisions, I do. I’ve simply learned the hard way to minimize the risks by allowing God to guide me rather than me guide me.

People tell me to invest in the Iraqi Dinar so should I?

 

1 million iraqi dinar

1 million iraqi dinar (Photo credit: mandiberg)

Q: What is the Iraqi Dinar?

A:  It is the Iraqi currency.  Right now the IQD is valued at way less than one cent USD.  Many people believe that any day now, it will be Revalued (RV) at an amount that will make those who have exchanged USD for IQD wealthy.

Q: Is the Iraqi Dinar a good investment?

That’s a question that I’ve been asking for a while now. I’ve looked at numerous websites, talk with others who have invested, asked my banker about it and asked God about it. On 2 or 3 occasions I almost made a small investment of $150 but I hesitated and now I’m glad!

A: No. Not unless you understand the foreign exchange market 100% and spend money that you can afford to lose.  If you have already invested in the Iraqi Dinar now MAY be the best time to sell it and take whatever you can get!

Q: Who would invest in Iraqi Dinar?

A:  People who want money, just like you and me.  People who want to get rich overnight, quit their jobs, pay off all their debts and go on a shopping spree.  To become wealthy overnight is a gift from God and a few people on this Earth have been given this gift (see 2 Chronicles 1:11-13).

I know of a group of people who have taken amounts from $150 – $1600 out of their paychecks for over a year now and bought Iraqi Dinars.  They bought them online from internet sites that “look” official.  They read information on other websites that listed all the pros and zero cons.  They are convinced that at any moment the IQD will be revalued and they can exchange what was once worthless paper into millions of USD.

Q: What’s wrong with that idea?

A: Simple, it’s a lie.

The lie is based on what happened with the Kuwaiti Dinar, which is not the same story as with the Iraqi Dinar.  There probably were some people who made big money when the value of the Kuwaiti Dinar shot up after Saddam Hussein was ousted.  However, the Kuwaiti Dinar had significant value before the Iraqi invasion.  That value was reduced to near zero to prevent money laundering.  After the restoration of Kuwait to the Kuwaiti government the original value was re-established.

Q: So what’s the difference?

A: Saddam Hussein not only tortured and killed people but he also grossly inflated the value of the Iraqi Dinar at more than $3 (and stuck his ugly mug on it).  The monetary powers that be did not consider Hussein’s’ value to be correct since it wasn’t based on market value economics but on dictator-nomics.  Now there is a new Iraqi Dinar without Mr. Ugly on it, which is the one valued at way less than a penny.

People who have invested in the Iraqi Dinar believe that there is no way to lose in this deal.  Whether or not the Dinar is revalued at $1.00 or .10 cents but many think it will RV at around $3.00 or more because Iraq has oil.  They see it as a win-win solution to all their woes despite any exchange fees and taxes.

What is most likely to happen is that the decimal point will be moved three digits to the left.  For example, a 25,000.00 Dinar will become a 25.00 Dinar. Then whatever value it is given will be close to that of the USD.  If that is the case, many people are likely to lose money in fees rather than make big money.  *** Disclaimer:  I’M NOT MAKING PREDICTIONS!  This is the greater probability from what I have learned researching this specific investment.  All investments have degrees of risk and reward.  Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.  Current performance is not an indicator of past or future performance.

Q: What makes you think that it won’t make people rich?

A: I’m an investor who hates to lose money especially after having lost money in investments and schemes.  Therefore, I’ve done a great deal of ASKing (see Ask, Seek, Knock page).  I wanted to invest in IQD over a year ago but after my research I found some things that alarmed me and kept me from buying.  Here are just some red flags.

  1. The Iraqi Dinar is sold almost exclusively online including Ebay rather than in banks. That includes big US banks like Bank of America and Chase.
  2. Sellers tell us when the IQD is RV investors can exchange for USD for a value 300 – 1000 times more than the purchase price.  This can make investors millions! This is too exaggerated to be true… it walks like a duck.
  3. The RV could be any day now!  Hurry buy your IQD before the rate goes up!  This is pressure to buy impulsively, which is usually always a bad decision.
  4. The RV will be March 21st! Many people have set dates and all of them have come and gone.  It’s just like people setting dates for the end of the world.
  5. When the IQD is RV your investment will skyrocket.  There is no certainty that the IQD will be RV… it talks like a duck.  Many countries never get RV.
  6. There is no way to lose.  You make a profit if it’s RV is .05 cents.  There are several ways to lose and all investments have potential to lose your money.
  7. Some sellers were put out of business by governments and others have changed the company name and keep selling.  It’s a BAD sign when companies change names!  Look into Dinar Banker turned into Sterling Currency Group.
  8. There will be fees of 5-20% to pay upon exchanging and IRS taxes but investors will make so much money that it won’t matter.  If anyone does make a profit it is likely to be small and, therefore, eaten up by fees and taxes.
  9. Listen to the conference calls, get the information packet, etc.  These “conference calls” and “information packets” are from the companies selling the IQD. Not governments or regulated exchange markets.
  10. We are the official, legitimate, original sellers of the IQD.  We have approval from the US Treasury, SEC and ABC!  Those approvals only make them look official.  It’s best to buy directly from the Foreign Securities Exchange or Forex. It’s a duck!

There are more red flags these are just a few that popped up in my eyes when I was searching.  Want more information?  Here are a few websites with clear information.

http://www.iraqidinar.org/iraqidinarscam.asp ,

http://www.dfi.wa.gov/consumers/alerts/iraqi-dinar-scams.htm ,

http://www.learningmarkets.com/the-iraqi-dinar-scam/ ,

http://www.iraqi-dinar.org/

Q: Did you warn those people who bought IQD?

A:  I have tried but they refuse to listen.  Some have gotten angry and yelled, “You just read the information that I gave you!  Stick with that, it’s all you need to know!”   That is the most painful part of all this.  The way these people are acting about this “investment”.  They are convinced that this WILL make them overnight millionaires.  They say things like, “I’m looking into real estate to buy after the RV. This is the real deal.  However much the RV is I win.  I know I’m going to be rich, I just know I am.  I can feel it!”  Needless to say, their behavior was one more red flag that helped me decide to say, “No.” to the IQD.

Their behavior troubled me so much that I was compelled to research what the Bible says about riches and wealth.  (Keep in mind that I am an investor and I want to make money too so I’m not putting down money or rich people.)  The Bible has a plethora of warnings for us all regarding money.

Proverbs 13:11  “Wealth gained quickly will dwindle away, but the one who gathers it little by little will become rich.”  They’re going to RV the IQD any day now and I’m going to say, Take this job and shove it!”

Proverbs 13:13  “The one who despises instruction will pay the penalty, but whoever esteems instruction will be rewarded.”  I did listen to my banker who also researched it and said it sounded suspicious.  He has more money than me.

Proverbs 13:18  “The one who neglects discipline ends up in poverty and shame, but the one who accepts reproof is honored.”  They won’t let me or anyone point out the negatives.  Instead they get mad and walk away.

Proverbs 13:20  “The one who associates with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”  The people who I know all work together and talk about this constantly.

Proverbs 19:2  “It is dangerous to have zeal without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily makes poor choices.”  I’ve been there, done that and suffered!

Proverbs 19:3  “A person’s folly subverts his way, and his heart rages against the LORD.”  When life goes bad and people realize that they’ve been deceived they blame God.

Proverbs 22:3  “A shrewd person sees danger and hides himself, but the naive keep right on going and suffer for it.”  They keep buying more IQD!

Proverbs 23:5  “When you gaze upon riches, they are gone, for they surely make wings for themselves, and fly off into the sky like an eagle!”  They are obsessed with riches.

Proverbs 28:11  “A rich person is wise in his own eyes, but a discerning poor person can evaluate him properly.”  Look at the red flags!

Timothy 6:9  “Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  6:10  For the love of money is the root of all evils.  Some people in reaching for it have strayed from the truth and stabbed themselves with many pains.”   I have stabbed myself and it hurts for a long time.

Luke 12:15  “Then he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”  After stabbing myself on more than one occasion I’ve now learned to watch out and guard myself.

To the IQD sellers, you will not live it up in Switzerland!

Proverbs 13:21  “Calamity pursues sinners, but prosperity rewards the righteous.”

Proverbs 19:5  “A false witness will not go unpunished, and the one who spouts out lies will not escape punishment.”

Proverbs 22:16  “The one who oppresses the poor to increase his own gain and the one who gives to the rich – both end up only in poverty.”

Proverbs 28:13  “The one who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses them and forsakes them will find mercy.”

Habakkuk 2:9  “The one who builds his house by unjust gain is as good as dead.  He does this so he can build his nest way up high and escape the clutches of disaster.”

Timothy 6:10  “For the love of money is the root of all evils. Some people in reaching for it have strayed from the truth and stabbed themselves with many pains.”

2  Timothy 3:13  “But evil people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves.”

John 8:44 “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Psalm 101:7 “No-one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no-one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.”

If you have your own IQD story, questions, comments or criticisms please leave a post.