I was raised that an unmarried adult person (especially a woman) is still under the authority of her father until she gets married. That contradicts the Bible.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 7:32 -34:
“But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.”
The unmarried answer to God not their parents. They are to be concerned with pleasing God not their fathers.
You have no right to tell your adult daughter or son that they have to stay home with you or that they cannot get a job, go to college, move out on their own etc. That is between them and God.
The Bible only says married woman are to be keepers at home, not unmarried women.
I Timothy 5:11-15
11 “But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; 12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. 13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. 15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.”
Younger women is directly referring back to younger widows!
It also only advises that young widows should marry, not that every woman has to marry.
The Bible Even Says That If the World Is Really Evil Like It Is Now, Then It Is Best Not To Marry, But It Is NOT A Sin If You Do Marry.
1 Corinthians 7: 26-28:
26 “I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be. 27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. 28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.”
Once your child is an adult, you have no right to tell them how they can or cannot serve God. To do that is to step into God’s jurisdiction and it is cultish!
Years ago my Dad even tried to twist Scripture and tell my brother that he had to stay home until he got married because the Bible says a man is supposed to leave his Father and Mother and cleave to his wife. So he would be in sin and rebellion against God if he left home before he got married.
We thought that he was probably wrong, but we really did not know any Scripture to prove it at that time.
Finally God removed our Dad from our home 12 years ago, and we have been free from him since then.
A few years ago God showed us the truth in 1 Corinthians 7:32 -34.
The New Testament says unmarried adults (both men and women) answer to God, not their fathers!
We all know about Thomas not believing the other disciples when they told him that Jesus had risen.
John 20:24-25 “But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Thomas had deeper understanding of the redemptive work of the Messiah, than many Christians do today.
Many Christians today think that Jesus has scars.
However, Thomas understood that if Jesus was God then He would not have scars. That is why he said he would have to thrust his hand into Jesus’ side and put his finger into the print of the nails.
Thomas understood that if Jesus was God and had just died to save us then He would have eternal wounds like the Bible says in Revelation 5:6 “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain…”
Jesus would not have any blood in His body to produce scars, because He would have put his blood on the Mercy Seat in heaven to atone for our sins. Like the Bible says in
Hebrews 9:11-12 “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
Thomas understood these deep doctrines of redemption before they were ever written down for us. That is why Thomas had the reaction of “My Lord and my God” when he finally did see Jesus.
John 20:26-29 “And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
Last week God answered an almost 50 year old prayer for America with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Much more still needs to be done to outlaw abortion in all 50 States. A law by Congress would accomplish that the fastest.
I believe that if we keep praying then that law will be passed as soon as Conservatives take over Congress and the Presidency again. The next 2 elections are extremely important in accomplishing this.
All things are possible if we believe.
Matthew 17:20 “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Persistent prayer of righteous people prevails!
James 5:16b “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Therefore, lets just keep praying, believing, and doing our duty to vote in Pro-Life leaders and pushing for legislation banning abortion Nationwide. We will see it happen.
Even if the Devil throws us a curve by this evil Congress passing legislation to legalize abortion, do not get discouraged. The next Congress can just as easily ban abortion. Legislation is much easier to change than Supreme Court decisions. When the pro-death crowd lost Roe v. Wade their days of legalized murder in this Country became numbered.And not only for abortion, but also for infanticide, euthanasia embryonic stem cell research, etc.
Respect is something that is getting lost in our society more and more. Most young people today do not even know what true respect is. They think that an authority disrespects them for disciplining them.
Today we look at what the Bible says about respect (commonly referred to as honour in the KJV Bible).
We are to show basic respect to everyone.
1 Peter 2:17 “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.”
Notice the Bible does show different levels of honour. It says to “honor all men”, but then it says to “love the brotherhood”, then “fear God”, then “honor the king (any government authority).
We are to show basic respect to everyone
We are to have a deeper personal respect for other Christians
We are to have the deepest respect for God and put Him above everyone else
We are to show a more formal respect to all government leaders than non-christians, but to the lost government leaders we would not have a deep personal respect like we would to other Christians.
All Christians are to submit themselves to each other with the Bible as the standard
Ephesians 5:21 “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”
Therefore, if it is not unbiblical, don’t fight about it!Churches have been split over color of carpet!
The Bible also says that we are to treat others the way we want to be treated.
Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”
This includes our enemies.
43 “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.“
Romans 12:20 “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.“
Furthermore, Children are to respect their parents.
Exodus 20:12 “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”
Ephesians 6:2 “Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;”
This also means that you take care of them in their old age.
3 “But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.”
The words father and mother can be figurative (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew dictionaries # G3962 and G3384), so if you were adopted this level of respect would be shown to your adopted parents.
This does not mean that you have to put yourself or others at risk by having a relationship with a dangerous parent. Just like a murderer has lost their right to life according to the Bible, a parent who has proven to be truly dangerous has lost their right to receiving the full honour due to most parents.
Ephesians 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.”
Notice it says “in the Lord.” Therefore, if a parent tells a child to do something wrong then they are not to obey them in that, but they should still show respect.
The younger are to respect the older.
Leviticus 19:32 “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.”
Husbands are to respect their wives
1 Peter 3:7 “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”
Wives are to respect and submit themselves to their own husbands as unto the Lord.
Ephesians 5:22 “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”
It says “as unto the Lord.” If a husband tells his wife to do something wrong she is not to do it.
Also, a wife or husband does not have to stay in a dangerous relationship. God has called us to peace.
1 Corinthians 7:
12 “But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. 15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.“
The word pleased in that passage means to “think well of in common” and to “assent to” (Strong’s #G4909). Therefore, If someone is abusive, then they are not truly pleased to dwell with their spouse, because there is not peace. They have also proven by their actions that they are not a truly saved, no matter what position they have in the church or how loudly they proclaim they are saved. Jesus said you would know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:16). Therefore the victim can leave.
Christians are to respect their Pastor and other Church leaders
Hebrews 13:17 “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”
Although Pastors and Church leaders who are found to be guilty of sin are to be rebuked before the whole church.
I Timothy 5:19-20 “Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.”
If everyone would follow these biblical rules for respect, most of the problems in our society would go away.
1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
So we know we are saved if we have believed in Jesus.
Remember though believing in Jesus not only means to believe the facts about Him, but to commit and yield our lives to obeying Him.The word “believe” in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance roots backwards twice to a word, which means “obey” (the word believe is Strong’s # 4100 in the Greek, which comes from # 4102, which comes from # 3982, which means obey and also yield).
The Bible says we know that we are saved because we keep God’s commandments.
1 John 3:24 “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”
1John 2:3 “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”
This does not mean a Christian is completely sinless, but that they truly strive not to sin. To Learn what to do when you do sin see my post about 1 John 1:9. Furthermore, there are certain evil sins that a true Christian can never do like murder, rape, theft, hate God etc.To learn more about this please read my post “Sins A Christian Cannot Fall Into.”
Whether or not a person truly gets saved when they make their profession of Christ is determined by the quality of the “soil” meaning the pureness of their heart.
In the Parable of the Sower Jesus talks about a few groups of people who “believe,” but only one group truly gets saved: The ones who receive the word into good ground meaning they believe with a pure heart.
Mark 4:14 “The sower soweth the word. 15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. 18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”
Jesus also said that only the pure in heart will see God.
Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
The other 2 groups only received the gospel for selfish reasons. They only received it for their own benefit, so as soon as things got hard or they found something else that seemed more beneficial to them they abandoned Christ.
This is why we should never present the gospel to someone by saying something like “Say this prayer and all your problems will go away!”
The Christian life is a life of sacrifice not of self gratification!
Life is full of problems whether you are saved or not, and many times being saved can cause many problems, because the world hates you.
John 15:18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.”
When a person comes to God for salvation, God can see the motives of their heart, and if it is not pure, He does not save them.A person must come to God in humbleness sacrificing their lives to obeying Him, not in greed demanding earthly things from Him!
The Bible says God gives believers eternal life.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
This means once we have it, we have it forever!
The Bible says no one can pluck us out of God’s hand.
John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.”
Notice it says His sheep follow him.A person can know that they are saved because they have believed the facts about Jesus and they have truly yielded their life as a sacrifice to Him.
Our Country is in some troubled times, and maybe it is beginning to affect you adversely. As Christians we must remember God’s faithfulness and know that He is able to take care of us no matter what is happening in the world around us.
God will supply your needs.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Now if you read the few verses above Philippians 4:19 it shows that God would supply their needs because they gave to the Apostle Paul. So giving to God’s work and others in need is a prerequisite to God supplying our needs.
Philippians 4:15-18 “Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.”
The Bible also says that we will not receive blessings from God if we are covetous.
James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
God will work everything together for your good.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Now, this “good” here does not necessarily mean that God will work everything out the way we want Him too. but that He will work everything out to make us more like Him.
Read Romans 8:28 and 29 together:
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Jesus said to pray that God has mercy on us and does not test us through calamity.
Matthew 6:13 “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
The word “temptation” in this verse means to try and roots back to a Greek word meaning to test (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hrebrew Dictionaries # 3986 and then #3985 both in the Greek.)
The word “evil” in this verse can mean bad, hurtful, or even “figuratively calamitous; also (passively) ill, that is, diseased.” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hrebrew Dictionaries #4190 in the Greek.)
Therefore, in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus showed us that we should always pray that the Father has mercy on us and does not test or try our faith by sending us calamity or disease.
Jesus also said to pray we are counted worthy to escape the bad times coming on the earth.
Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
If we judge ourselves God will not judge us.
Revelation 3:19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”
1 Corinthians 11:32 “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”
1 Corinthians 11:31 “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”
Trust in God not in yourself.
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Proverbs 28:26 “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.”
Be forward looking and prepare for trouble before it hits if it has not hit you yet.
Proverbs 22:3 “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”
God will give you wisdom if you ask for it.
James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
If you are facing financial problems, ask God for wisdom and He will lead you to the right financial advice.
If you are facing health problems, ask God for wisdom, don’t just believe the doctors, and God will lead you to the health answers you need. You may have to go searching for those answers, like I did. God always lead me to the right treatments and to a doctor that helped, until He finally answered my prayers for healing last October.
If you are facing relationship problems ask God for wisdom and He will lead you to the right solutions.
No problem is too big or too small for God. Whatever problem you are facing ask God for wisdom, and He will lead you to the right solutions.
Another good post to read is “Shelter in the Storm.” It expounds more on some things touched on in this post.
Today we live in a culture of death. Society glorifies death. The focus is no longer on finding real cures and helping the terminally ill to get well and live, but that they should supposedly “die with dignity.”
Nowhere does the Bible say anything about “dying with dignity.”
God sees death as an enemy, and He has promised to destroy it someday.
1 Corinthians 15:26 “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”
God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked.
Ezekiel 33:11a “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live:”
Even though Christians go to heaven, God does not like the deaths of Christians either.
Psalms 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
Most Christians misunderstand this verse. Usually when we think of something being precious to us, we think of it meaning that something is dear to us, and we really love it.
That is not what the word precious in this verse means. This word was translated from the Hebrew word “yaw-kawr” which means costly (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance number 3368 in the Hebrew dictionary.)
This verse means that the death of Christians costs God something, not that God likes it when a Christian dies. You can also see this meaning by reading the verse in context with the other verses around it.
Now everyone dies, because Adam sinned and we all became sinners.
It is now just a natural thing for people to die. Jesus takes the sting out of death for Christians, because we go to heaven and someday we will be resurrected and live in our glorified bodies, never to die again.
God even has a set time for each person to die.
So yes, it is true that each person will come to a time, when it is God’s will for them to die (unless Jesus comes back first). But God still sees death as an enemy, He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, and the death of Christians costs Him something, because they are no longer able to serve Him and help Him lead others to Him.
Therefore, we should never take action to end an innocent person’s life, or fail to take action to keep someone alive, no matter the condition of their health. Because if it is God’s will for a person to die, then there is nothing that anyone is going to be able to do to keep them alive. If someone is on life support and they are still alive, then God wants them to be alive. And we are to do everything we can to keep them alive, until God takes their life from them. Otherwise the Bible says we are guilty of murder.
Genesis 9:5-6 “And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”
Proverbs 24:11-12 “If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?”
The Bible commands us to have compassion and support the week, not kill them!
1 Thessalonians 5:14 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”
“Mercy killing” is Murder and the Bible says it is cruel!
Proverbs 12:10b …”the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”
The God honoring attitude about terminal illness or permanent disability is not “I wouldn’t want to live that way, so end my life” but rather “I would not want to live that way, so do everything you can to get me well until I die a natural death by the had of God.”
I have been there, I know!
15 years ago I was poisoned with mercury by Jesuits. I lost my cognitive abilities to the point that at times I did not know my own name. I also had stage 4 lymphoma cancer that had spread to my liver. My doctor gave me 3 weeks to live. Before I lost my mind really bad, I had heard my Dad imply that he wanted to euthanize me. He said, “How long do you ALLOW someone to live, if they don’t know anything”?
About a year before I was poisoned I had spent 2 years working on the Terri Schiavo case, and my Dad had been right there by my side helping me with it.
When I heard him say this I felt the worst betrayal of my life! I learned how to fight against euthanasia literally by sitting on my Daddy’s knee! But now that I am the one who is sick and he has to be inconvenienced by taking care of me, he wants to kill me!
A flood of adrenalin hit me, and my body went into flight and fight mode! I immediately downloaded and filled out a legal document call a “Will to Live.” Stating that I in no way ever wanted to be euthanized or “allowed to die.” I also designated my brother as my legal guardian in the “Will to Live.”
Canada had offered Terri Schiavo asylum, if someone could have gotten her there. Therefore, I told my brother that if I got bad enough and Dad started to take legal steps to euthanize me, then he was take me in my car and get me to Canada and beg for asylum. One of the last things I ever said to my brother, with a look of fear and desperation in my eyes, before I completely lost my cognitive abilities was “Don’t let them kill me!” He promised me he wouldn’t.
Soon after that I did completely lose all awareness and recognition of anyone. There are about 5 days I still have no memory of. My Mom and my brother have told me that I slept most of that time, and they were very careful not to let Dad know that my mind was gone. At the end of those 5 days I woke up in the middle of the night, and I started dying. Jesus asked me if I wanted to live and I said “Yes.”
The next morning when I woke up my mind was much better, and ironically that evening it was my Dad who came home with a supplement called DMSO. That ended up curing my cancer, restoring my cognitive abilities, and controlling my seizures.
Over the next 15 years I struggled a lot with seizure, mini strokes, and anxiety. I did not want to live that way, so I was determined to get fully well! I continuously looked for anything that would cure me. I did hyperbaric oxygen, chelation, sound frequency therapy, specialized diets, different supplements, and we anointed me with oil and prayed for healing a lot. Finally one day in October 2021, God fully healed me when again my brother anointed me with oil and prayed over me.
The doctor said I was going to die! My Dad wanted to euthanize me! And no I did not want to live that way! So I fought hard, I kept looking for answers, I kept praying for and believing God would do a miracle, and now after 15 years I am alive and fully well!
Do not take the easy way out of death! Do the hard work, and fight to live and get well!
My brother fully supported me for 12 years after our Dad left. I am now able to work and I am going to school to become an Internal Auditor. I work from home and I go to school online, so I will not be poisoned again (I was actually poisoned twice at 2 different jobs see the About Page).
My brother also wants me to keep living with him for safety reasons.
Someone just tried to kidnap me about a month ago at Walmart, and a few weeks ago our burglar alarm went off at 3AM, because someone tried to come through the kitchen window. My brother works nights and was at work. Now, he is panicked and is using credit cars to fence and gate the whole property.
I have had 4 kidnapping attempts on me in the last 5 years. My brother had me take a self defense class taught by people who had been in Mosaad, Black Opps, Green Berets, and other Special Forces. That training has now kept me from being kidnapped 2 times.
After he bough his house a couple of years ago, my brother also bought me a hand gun and taught me how to use it. Tennessee has now passed Constitutional carry, so I carry it everywhere I can now, and not just at home. Showing my gun is what stopped the last kidnapping attempt.
Internal Auditing is a job that I can do 100% from home. I have checked online job boards and there are a lot of those jobs available, but they all require a degree, So I am working on my degree. Also, I have a 4.0 GPA and I plan to keep it.
Fight to live and get well! Support the weak and help them get well! Chose Life! Never Chose Death!
1 Peter 3:8 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: “
Compassion in this verse means sympathy (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible # G4835), and it roots back to a word that means “to experience pain jointly” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries #G4841). Therefore, it is not simply feeling sorry for someone, it is the deeper sympathy that we call empathy today.
The Bible teaches in many contexts that the feelings of compassion are to move us to take action to end the other person’s suffering.
Compassion moves us to help other’s in crises.
Luke 10:33-35 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.”
Compassion moves us to share the gospel with others in love.
Hebrews 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
Jude 1:22-23a And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire;
Compassion moves us to forgive others.
Luke 15:20-24 “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.”
Matthew 1827-35 “Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”
Compassion moves us to help others with daily needs.
James 2:15-17 “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
1 John 3:17 “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
In closing, compassion is one trait that is waning in the world and the church today. the Bible says in Matthew 24:12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” More and more people won’t even give to those in need anymore.
Furthermore, a lot of people will still give to those in need, but instead of giving with an attitude of compassion, they just do with an attitude of pride and look down on those they give too.
Many people also give just to look good, or for financial gain by getting a tax break.
God commands us to have compassion (empathy) for others. Some ways we are to fulfill this command is by helping those who are in crises, sharing the gospel in love with the lost, forgiving those who have wronged us or who owe us, and helping the destitute with daily needs.
As Christians we are to be a light to the world. We cannot do that without having true compassion for others.
For many Christians the thought of sharing the gospel with others seems to be a daunting task.
Some may feel that they are inadequate to share the gospel with others and fear they will make a mistake. Others may feel that salvation is a personal matter, and that sharing the gospel with someone else would be too intrusive into the other person’s personal life.
However, Jesus commanded us to share the gospel with everyone.
Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
So, how can Christians overcome their fears and effectively share the gospel with others?
Probably the easiest way to share the gospel with another person is to give them a gospel tract. Always pray before sharing the gospel with someone and if possible have another Christian with you.
Make sure the gospel tract includes the whole gospel including repentance.
I have found many “gospel tracts” that do not say anything about repentance. A person cannot get saved without repenting of their sins. To read more about repentance see my page “How To Get To Heaven.”
And especially do not pass out something that just says “Pray this prayer and be saved.” With no Bible verses or explanation of true salvation. I have seen things like this. These kind of things give people false hope. They think they are saved just because they said a prayer, but they are still lost and on their way to hell. A person does not get saved by saying a prayer.
One of the best salvation tracts that can be passed out to anyone is “This was Your Life” by chick publication. You can order these at www.chick.com. (I do not receive anything for recommending this). All tracts from chick.com include repentance.
I have found some tracts from Fellowship tract league that do not mention repentance. So if you want to order other titles, please read the whole tract before ordering.
Here are some ways that you can use gospel tracts to share the gospel with others:
Just hand them to people. If you are shy, this can be done very simply by just walking up to someone on the street and saying “Hello may I give this to you,”and then hand them a Gospel tract. In addition, you can leave a gospel tract in places like on your table (with a good tip) at a restaurant.
Start a conversation with someone and then give them a gospel tract. If you are more outgoing, you can strike up a conversation with someone before giving them the gospel tract by introducing yourself to them, asking them if they go to church anywhere, telling them where you go to church at, inviting them to your church, and then giving them the gospel tract. It is also a good idea to ask the person if there is anything that they would like for you to pray with them about.
Use a gospel tract as a script. You can also use a Gospel tract as a script to help you personally lead a lost person to Christ. After you introduce yourself to the person, tell them which church you go to and ask them if they go to church anywhere, you can then ask them a question like “If you died today would you go to heaven?” If they give you an answer like “I hope so” or “No,” then you need to ask them if they would like for you to show them how they can know for sure (1 John 5:13) that they are going to heaven.
If they say that they would like for you to show them, then you can read the gospel tract to them. After reading the Gospel tract to them, then ask them if they believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and arose from the dead 3 days later, if they are willing to repent of their sins and commit their life to following Christ, and want to pray and ask God to forgive them of their sins and save them.
If they say yes to these questions, then you can have them repeat a prayer after you. You can use the prayer on the back of the tract as a guide or just have them pray it word for word. The words of the prayer are not what saves, it is the belief and repentance of the heart.
In addition, if someone tells you that they know that they would go to heaven, then you need to ask them how they know that. If they say something like “I’m a good person, or I go to church” etc. then you need to explain to them that salvation is of faith and not works (Ephesians 2:8-9). You also need to take them through the 10 commandments and show them that in God’s eyes we have all broken His laws and no one is good. You can learn how to explain this in detail by reading my article entitled “How to get to Heaven” You can print this out and use it as a Gospel tract or script if you would like to. After showing the person that they cannot be good enough to go to Heaven, then show them how they can be saved and lead them to Christ.
However, if at any time the person you are talking to says that they do not want to hear what you have to say, politely ask them if you can give them the gospel tract and tell them that you will be praying for them. It is not our job to argue with people, or to convince anyone of anything. It is our job to try to share the gospel with others, love them and pray for them and most importantly we need to share the gospel with others by our actions and not just by our words.
The world can spot a hypocrite a mile away, and hypocrisy turns more people away from the gospel than anything else. It is important to go out and share the gospel with others, but you should treat others and live your life in a way that causes others to come and ask you what is different about you. Then you have an open door to share the gospel with them.
God command’s everyone to share the gospel with others, and gospel tracts make it easy for anyone to obey this command.
Many people struggle to know God’s will for their life, but God’s will is not hidden. Many of the things that God wants you to do is plainly written in the Bible, and once you are faithful in doing these things, then God will show you His specific will for your life.
Ephesians 5:17 “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Below I have listed a few things that the Bible says is God’s will for everyone’s life:
It is God’s will for you to be saved and baptized.
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” This verse shows it is God’s will for you to be saved.
Furthermore, baptism is our first act of obedience to God.
Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
It is God’s will for you to read your Bible and pray every day.
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
It is God’s will for you to go to church and give.
Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
It is God’s will for you to be in every church service that you can.
1 Corinthians 16:2 “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”
2 Corinthians 9:7 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
It is God’s will for you need to tell other people about Jesus Christ.
Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
You can do this very easily by giving Gospel tracts to people. Just make sure the Gospel tract includes the whole Gospel properly, including repentance. A lot of Gospel tracts (even those from churches that teach repentance) fail to say anything about repentance. I always read a new Gospel tract very carefully, before I give it to someone, because that person’s blood is on my hands if I fail to give them the Gospel correctly.
You also need to be sincerely trying to not do things that you know are wrong.
Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
After you are consistently obeying all of these commands, then you start earnestly praying that God shows you His will for your life, and He will show it to you. You will know, when God shows it to you.
Luke 11:9-10 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”