What Could Be Sadder?

This morning I was reading a post on Fox News, a suicide note left by a woman who hung herself. Suicide always has a profound effect on me as the first thing I think of is I wonder what the person was thinking – and what happened next, after the act.

My next thought was this: As gruesome as abortions are, and they truly are, yet what could be worse than ending one’s life thinking they’re getting away from their problems only to find themselves in hell for all eternity?

I want to add here – I’m not saying all who commit suicide go to hell, please don’t think I mean it that way. But when you look at a life that shows no evidence of salvation, then you realize that in this case she more than likely ended up in hell. For all eternity. I think of the shock. Nothing could be worse than that.

I posted this on Facebook this morning – I wasn’t thinking of starting a whole long argument, but that’s what happened. Some thought I was being judgmental – I guess they didn’t read the post well – I obviously wasn’t being judgmental, I was just thinking out loud. Gotta be careful of that on Facebook.

Anyway, the complaint was that I was consigning suicides to hell. Of course I wasn’t – only God knows the eternal fate of a person. I was just mulling over the possibility that the person did not know the Lord and if so, she wouldn’t be going with him. The only way one can be saved is by being born again through faith in Jesus Christ. That’s not my judgment, that’s what Jesus has said. We are a sinful, fallen people. God loved the world so much that he provided a redeemer for whoever will accept him. Without a redeemer, one is lost. Scripture says they are “condemned already.”

Pretty heavy stuff, but when you think of what Jesus Christ went through in order to redeem us, how can it be anything but logical that if someone doesn’t receive what he did, there’s just no other way.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
 “

John 3:16

vs 18-19
“He who believes in him is not condemned;
but he who does not believe is condemned already,
because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

So is it judgmental to wonder if the person who committed suicide is in heaven or not?

 

 

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When God Doesn’t Heal

One day as I was walking home the Lord suddenly said to me, “I’m not going to heal you in this lifetime but I’m going to bless you all around it and I want you to enjoy those blessings.” That was years ago and to this day I remember the words verbatim.

I have a condition, two actually, which greatly restricts me. But it’s been the thing that has given me to understand, at least in my case, why the Lord would not heal.

I was thinking on this yesterday. Later when I was working in my blogs I realized that if God had healed me, I would not have been home working on the computer – and I would not have created more than 30 blogs (just the WordPress ones, many more in Blogspot) nor would I be putting the Gospel out there all around the world every single day. That realization shocked me. God can use me in the greatest way by leaving me unhealed.

This is only my case, but I believe God has a reason each time he does not heal. It could be something as basic as our maturity process, which applies to me also – doesn’t matter – it just shocked me when I realized what I’ve been doing all these days unhealed and wouldn’t have done if he had healed me.
 

 

What Is A ‘Prayer Warrior?”

I POSTED THIS ON FACEBOOK THIS MORNING:

* * * I need to make a statement clarifying a false image of me that some have.

This morning, someone asked me to pray for a situation ….because I’m a “prayer warrior.”

I’m not. And I felt conviction letting the person think something of myself that I’m not. Which led me to investigate why I felt conviction.

Let me explain…

What is a “prayer warrior”? I’ve been mulling this over in my mind all morning.

Well, when you hear the word “warrior,” you have to think of an armed enemy that you go out against. I learn from the Old Testament stories that Israel was to go out armed against their enemies ONLY when the Lord told them to. That means if you tackle an enemy without God sending you, you will be defeated or painfully wounded in the battle.

Just yesterday my Bible reading happened to be the battle at Ai which Joshua took upon himself to wage, and Israel was soundly defeated. There was a reason for that. Joshua didn’t know that there was sin in the camp, and that fact led him and his army to a stinging defeat. But worse than that, he did not ask the Lord before going out. He was greatly emboldened by his previous victory at Jericho, so he just ran out against Ai. And he was soundly defeated.

I see two principles here:

1. If there’s sin in the camp, you risk a sound defeat and possible deep wounding.
2. Joshua didn’t wait on the Lord, he went out rashly. That brought devastation upon the Israeli army.

I think we need to pay strict attention before we rashly call ourselves, or allow ourselves to be called, “prayer warriors.” I pray. But I do not move against the enemy except in the rarest of instances when the Lord leads me to. Therefore, I do not call myself a prayer “warrior.”

Two people asked for prayer this morning and in both cases I prayed. I did NOT address or confront the enemy, because I’ve learned through very painful experiences, and I mean dangerously painful experiences, not EVER to do that unless the Lord himself leads me to.

So please do not call upon me as a “prayer warrior,” because I’m not. I pray, I intercede, but I do not confront the enemy.

 

 

Danger On Facebook

I posted this on Facebook this morning:

* * * Something weird

I have Facebook “friends” whom I don’t know. This morning, one of them posted something in terrible English and hardly a word spelled correctly. I questioned “her” and she came back with comments in even worse English. I went to her site and all the posts there were in correct English, so I messaged her asking if she had posted the post in question which I gave her the link to. She answered that she did. And her answer was in terrible English.

Still scratching my head about this – I went back to her site and looked at her friends and family members. I clicked on a couple family members and their sites are bogus. So I unfriended “her.”

The name on her site was a very traditional American name, and that’s what threw me off.

Don’t ever accept a friend request without checking the person’s site. When it’s bogus, there won’t be many posts, and most of the posts will be pictures of the person and not much else.

I don’t know the purpose of people who create fake sites. Why would they do that? What’s in it for them? I get friend requests from people like that every single day.

UPDATE:
Some of my friends who responded to this suggested that I block her. I hadn’t thought of that so I went back to her site to do so ….. and found that IT’S BEEN TAKEN DOWN!!!

NOW WHAT DO I DO?

Now I’m wondering if I have other fake “friends” on my Facebook account. I have more than 3,700 “friends,” it would be a nightmare to go to each one to find the bogus ones. I did vet each and every one before accepting their friend request, that’s why I was so shocked when this fake one became apparent.

MORE:

I want to add here one more thing. I have several blogs, this being one of them, and I sometimes find that someone has “followed” my blog with purposes other than interest in what I post. I go to their blog and find it’s all about marketing and sales. I remove them, and they come back – every single day. I’ve researched trying to find out if there’s a way to block them, but on WordPress blogs there isn’t. I can block them from commenting but not from  following my blog. And again I ask, what is their purpose?