Month: January 2018

Our voice of courage must be louder than the deafening silence of rejection:

We have become a society desensitized to sin. Many have lost the grasp of discerning between right and wrong. Isaiah 5:20  “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.”

God’s standards of living have been replaced with man’s standards. (Whenever God’s standards of living are dismissed,  confusion about what is wrong or right can be seen.) We are living in times where man has established legal rights that go against God’s Word. Yet,  some of God’s people are going along with these new standards even though they know them to be wrong. They want the protection of God’s hand in their life,  but knowingly remove themselves from it,  in order to be accepted by society. This reminds me of the warning found in 1 Timothy 4:1-3 which is,  that some will depart from the faith and give way to seducing spirits.

Have we become a society seduced by spirits of vulgarity and debauchery? It appears we have,  as we purposely indulge in iniquity which is willful sin. Things that were once taboo or done secretly are now exposed with bragging rights attached, as if it is a good thing done. In other words, wrong is widely accepted quicker now than ever before… Instead of people being ashamed of their behavior and turning away from sin, they promote it as good and wait to be applauded.  (It is sickening.) This reminds me of Jeremiah 6:15 in regards to it making it known to  us,  that people won’t be ashamed of what they are doing and they are going to fall just like all those who fell before them.

Speaking of falling…We spend more time belittling each other,  tearing people down instead of building them up in love and  encouragement. Hearts have become hardened , calloused, and cruel. We have more people fighting than we have getting along. Families spew words of poison to each other over ridiculous things, spouses accuse or leave each other before they are willing to communicate in love, friendships are dissolving, children defiant,  and everyone is doing the same thing which is shaking their heads in confusion, as to how brutally mean we have become… Have we really become so caught up in words and actions of others,  that we missed the strategies the devil and his fallen angels used against us,  to  take advantage of us?  2 Corinthians 2:11  (Because all this fighting between us;  is really us  doing the dirty work for the  devil,  as he uses us as his entertainment.) John 10:10  reminds us he is out to steal, kill and destroy.  Look around you and see how healthy your marriage, friendships, finances, and health are… If you are honest with yourself , a hazmat mask may be needed in order to clean the spilled toxins around you…We have let  sin desensitize us to the needs of others. We no longer are sensitive to  how we make people feel or how they are doing as long as we get what we are after. (We all are after the same thing…which is love, approval, acceptance, and compassion from those who we hold closest to us. ) Yet, somehow we keep messing that up too. Why?  Could it be the sin of pride, anger, or accusing? Or could it be that our sinning was so small but gradual we fell in the category of being desensitized to it? Was it that we welcomed temptations and applied them,  instead of resisting them as we should have?  Anytime sin is allowed instead of resisted,  the devil tries to persuade our conscience to sin more and makes it appear beautiful or exciting. Once we fall for his trickery we are then accused by the very one who is the  accuser of the brethren. Revelation 12:10 (The same one who is out to steal, kill, and destroy but instead of looking evil as he is; he will use those we love or trust most, to do his evil work for him. Hence the reason we are accusing each other and issuing blame on the wrong source.)

What we end up with is the reminder of  2 Timothy 3:1-5.  This set of scriptures reminds us of perilous times to come. Times when men will be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Having a form of godliness but denying the power there of and turning away from God.

To those of you reading who have questioned why you are rejected by society; quit thinking that is a bad thing. Your voice of courage to speak truth must be louder than the deafening silence of rejection… My friends, it only takes one person willing to step out in faith and courageously speak truth; for God to use those words, as seeds he plants in the hearts of men. Don’t allow rejection to be your excuse for not speaking up. As you can see from this post, now is the time more than ever to get loud and speak truths… I hope to see you on the battlefield!

Blessings,

Robin Worgull

Are you trying to negotiate with the Lord?

Some people are burdened by situations they find themselves in. After exhausting every effort on their own strength; they often turn to the Lord in prayer,  but in a negotiating manner.  This means their prayer may sound like, “Lord if you will do this for me I will do this for you.”  First off, what can you possibly offer the Lord that He doesn’t already hold? ( You could offer your heart.) The Lord is the holder of all things and needs nothing from any of us.  He wants certain things from us but needs nothing from us. This makes negotiating pointless…

To negotiate is to offer something expecting something in return. People barter and trade all the time among themselves,  but the Lord is not one to negotiate with. We are to be dependent on Him, not the other way around. There’s nothing we hold that didn’t already come from Him…

We often think we know exactly what we need that will make everything better; but Proverbs 16:2 reminds us that our ways seem right to us but the Lord weighs our motives. This means, what we think is best may not be, because our motives or intentions may be wrong… To give better clarification, say you are praying for financial stability. Okay, what will you do with that extra money and will it take you closer or further from the Lord?  See, the Lord knows what we need and will provide his way not in our way.   Isiah 55:8-9 reminds us  that the Lord’s thoughts are not our thoughts and his ways are not our ways. (His thoughts and ways are much higher than our understanding.) This means, that we won’t always understand what the Lord is doing but that is not to say we shouldn’t trust that he has our best interest at hand because he does.

Many of us struggle in different areas. Regardless what the combination of our struggles consist of , sometimes it feels like our whole life is stuck waiting;  yet we are unclear what we are waiting for…  ( We just keep praying and keep waiting.) We need to remember during the wait and during the struggles themselves, the Lord is searching our hearts looking  for our intentions while also examining our minds. Jeremiah 17:10 reminds us of that but also goes further to remind us that the Lord will reward us according to our conduct… How do you conduct yourself?

Sometimes the way we conduct ourselves exposes the true intentions of our hearts. We may be able to deceive man,  but God is the one who can discern our thoughts and intentions of the heart according to Hebrews 4:12. If we are to be rewarded according to what our conduct deserves then I leave you with one last encouragement today.

Be careful what you pray for as the Lord may answer your prayer in a way you never bargained for. With that being said, you may get what it is you seek,  but you will lose more; than what you thought was gained… What you believed was the thing that would make everything better may be the very thing that destroys you if intentions were wrong.

Blessings,

Robin Worgull

Part Two: Escaping your Emotional prison

This is a continuation…  On part one I asked, “what thoughts dominate your thinking?” If we were to ask someone who has been laying in bed with emotional and physical distress what started their emotional pain; more than likely at first no answer would come to their thinking… Yet if we wait and give them the opportunity to think back, they would take us back to last week, then last month, then a year ago and even as far back as their childhood. ( Most people in this type of pain hold hurts from their past.) They become historical in a sense. This means, they can recall every rude comment, hurtful conversation, look, tone of voice, verbal and physical mistreatment and possibly even recall the season of the year it happened in.

Without realizing they have conditioned or trained their brain to ponder on negative, hurtful things… It’s not that they want to keep reliving hurt or pain but rather they seek answers as to why this happened to them or what they did to deserve such hostility or neglect.  This will cause the person to either be critical of themselves or of others. Simply, because years of hurt, pain and lack of understanding conditioned their brain to ponder on negative.  (If all they had to think upon was negative then nothing positive was put in it’s place to overpower the negativity.) How does one feel good about themselves when all they can see is their flaws and the flaws of others? How long will they be stuck in an emotional prison that keeps them bound in chains of pain? ( As long as they keep their focus solely on themselves. Meaning, what was done to them and how it makes them feel. They unknowingly are allowing the devil to use their mind as his playground.)

It is so important to place truth in our thoughts. We need to remember that when Jesus died on the cross for our sins, all authority was given to him in Heaven and on Earth. (Mathew 28:18) This means, if you are a believer, the devil holds no authority over you because the Lord gave us power over him. We are told to resist the devil and he will flee. (James 4 :7) If you are entertaining thoughts that go against the Word of God then you are not resisting the devil but rather are entertaining him as you struggle and suffer in emotional pain that creates the physical pain you hold as well. None of us can go back and change what others said or did to us but we can forgive them; which releases us from the pain carried. Some of you are bound in pain by the actions of others. You may have sought approval, love, sensitivity, recognition or a number of things that they never offered you. Did it ever occur to you, they may not have held what you wanted from them?Meaning, we can’t offer what we don’t hold… ( Maybe the people who hurt you were hurting people themselves. They simply offered what they held which was pain.)

Let’s go a step further:  Are you holding pain but no longer speak to those who caused it due to dissolved relationships or possibly due to them not being alive any longer?  In that case, how will they have the opportunity to make right if you no longer speak or if they are no longer living?  You can’t… You have to forgive them for yourself to be released from pain. this means, let them answer to God for what they said or did, as you no longer concern yourself with pain they caused. Place that pain in the Lord’s hands for him to deal with them as he sees fit; while you no longer have to concern yourself with business you handed over to the Lord and made His business… If you place that pain in the Lord’s hands then this alleviates you from carrying it any longer. The Lord is ready to take when  you are ready to give…

If you are hurt by someone, tell the Lord. If you were done wrong, crushed in spirit and mind, feel lost, neglected, abandoned, disrespected, unloved, unwanted, distraught, in conflict, under severe temptations, sick in need of healing, miserable in your marriage or friendships, or hold any upset whatsoever… tell the Lord. When you tell him, leave that upset with him as he’s the one who holds all authority in Heaven and on Earth. Ask forgiveness where you have wronged others or the Lord himself… Psalms 103:12 reminds us that as far as the east is from the west our sins have been removed from us. This means, quit feeling guilty, shame, or sorrow for something you repented of that the Lord removed far from you.

Give the Lord your guilt, shame, sorrow, anger, pain, and all the hurts said or done to you. You don’t have to carry your sins or the sins of others any longer. You may find that you spend a great deal of time in prayer giving the Lord all the upset you have carried, but remember if you gave it to him you no longer are the carrier. It is out of your hands which means if the thought pops into your thinking; don’t entertain a thought that put you down in the first place… Instead, resist the devil and he will flee. Those thoughts keep you tormented. your torment keeps the devil entertained. Jesus died on the cross to take away your sins and pain. He freed you on that cross.

If you are bound by chains of pain from your past or even your present, then you are trying to hold onto something you desperately want control over… What you may fail to realize is the Lord knew and knows what happened or what will happen beforehand. He went to work on your behalf and also sent his angels to fight for you. So each time you try to control the outcome of what you feel at the moment; you are preventing the help you could have received. The Lord won’t push his help on you; no you have to want it. That’s your right with holding the free will he gave you. This means he will let you do things your way but when you are ready to give he is more than ready to take…

If you are in an emotional prison of pain, offer up each upset you hold until there is no more upset to offer. Don’t take back, what you gave away. Stop focusing on yourself and what you feel. Half of what you routinely feel are just attacks or assaults on the mind sent from the devil and his fallen angels….   With that being said,  ” Back To Hell Demons! My Lord Holds All Authority In Heaven And On Earth! He Also Holds Legions Upon Legions Of  Good Angels Who Are Going To Tear You Up For Messing With Me!!!  ( That Is The Mentality you need to hold my friends…)

Blessings,

Robin Worgull