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The Blame Game March 31- April 6, 2010

I bought a big ticket item a while ago and it had become a noose around my neck. I have had ample opportunity to take care of it and to be rid of it….but I “missed” it.  I got distracted and I did not stay focused.  I blamed myself. However, when I finally got around to asking God to forgive me …He said:  I will remember your sin no more.

For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8: 12

After God forgave me…I was able to move on to a solution…expecting God to show me the way out…and He did.

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Today, I woke up  and found myself in a whirlwind of a busy schedule; with a headache…that  was pounding! No matter…I needed to pray and for the record…it wasn’t about the headache.

You see, I had a pressing problem which was financial and I had been praying for an out.  I totally did not want to do anything unwise. I needed God toorder my steps…and I could not afford to miss.

I prayed and nothing unusual happened.  It was good and it was fruitful.     I had some instructions that came across my heart…and so I was led to go to a couple of places. At the first place that I went to…I could hear the Holy Spirit whispering confidence into my ear.  I then proceeded on to the second place…I heard nothing.

Finally, I went back to the first place and the Holy Spirit began to speak again to my spirit!  This has never happened before!  It all turned out great…and I was delivered in an incredible way from my financial dilemma.    Thank You Lord!

You bless righteous people, O LORD. Like a large shield, you surround them with your favor.  Psalm 5:  12



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There is No Denying by Helen Baylor March 31- April 6, 2010


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11And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

12His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

13And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

14And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

15And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

16And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.  Revelations 19

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Finger Pointing March 31- April 6, 2010

At a recent family gathering there was a terrible accident that happened.  Some of the children were playing in a large room.  In one area the children were playing PlayStation video games.  In another they were on the computer.  Some were in the library.  And unfortunately, a few of the boys were messing with an unplugged treadmill. Somebody plugged it in …THIS CHANGED EVERYTHING! Soon one of them jumped on it and when  he wasn’t looking someone sneaked and turned it up so high that it threw him off and he could have really been injured badly.  WE NEVER SAW IT COMING.

That was bad…but when the adults came to investigate… (we were in and out of the room and the children ranged in age from five years to fifteen)  the finger pointing really began.   It wasn’t that people were being mean…they didn’t know who did it and they were just guessing.   The lesson here that we taught them was that “if you don’t know…don’t accuse! One of the worst  feelings ever …is a accusation with no merit!

Several  people were accused of being the bad guy or girl and a lot of tears happened because children were falsely accused.  I remember watching the children that were falsely accused and the fear  that was on their faces.  It made my heart hurt for them.

That day we never found out who did it because the real culprit had “hit and run.”  For all intensive purposes “he” got away with it.  It’s a fact, that he was a child himself and never thought out the consequences.    We found out who it was a little while later.  I purposely had to forgive him for all of the pain that he caused.  I said nothing.  When I interacted with him, I treated him as though it never happened.

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Jesus knew that one day Judas would point a finger at him.  He knew that.
Before Jesus told the disciples at the Last Supper of the betrayal …Judas agreed to point the finger:

Matthew 26:

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. 16From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.  WHEN JUDAS DID THIS…EVERYTHING CHANGED….BUT JESUS SAW IT COMING!

The Last Supper:

19And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.

20Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.

21And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

22And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?

23And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.

24The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

25Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

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Now, here was an opportunity for Judas to confess and repent...but he did not.

As Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane…this happened:

45Then He returned to the disciples and said to them, Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of [m]especially wicked sinners [[n]whose way or nature it is to act in opposition to God].

46Get up, let us be going! See, My betrayer is at hand!

47As He was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve [apostles], came up, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

48Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, The One I shall kiss is the Man; seize Him.

49And he came up to Jesus at once and said, Hail (greetings, good health to You, long life to You), Master! And he [o]embraced Him and kissed Him [p]with [pretended] warmth and devotion.

50Jesus said to him, Friend, for what are you here? Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and arrested Him.  Matthew 26

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Jesus…had no fear…he stood in faith and went to the death…for you and for me…so much love …and it was not wasted.

Finger pointing is simply a way of assigning blame. For some, it can escalate to judging…but certainly it is accusatory.  Jesus received an accusation without merit.

Did I say accuse?   Wow!  Accuse…hmm why does this sound familiar? Well Satan is the accuser of the brethern…for a fact, the betrayal by Judas was a satanic act.    Judas was being used by Satan; influenced by him no doubt.  He was so torn after realizing what he had done;  that he killed himself …when all he had to do was repent before God.   Suicide must never be our option. God would have forgiven him.  That’s the kind of God that I serve.




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The Devil Preys! March 31- April 6, 2010

There was supposed to be a big fight on the playground after school.  The whole school was excited about it. I was supposed to have a front row seat and indeed I would have if I had showed up.  I decided to “get sick” and go home one hour early.


It all began with kids talking on the play ground.  We were in gym class and the two class giants were talking trash.  Everybody was afraid of them.  This was third grade and they were bullies.

(One of them was on the news last year because she had committed a crime, walked away from a women’s correctional facility and moved south and got married.  She stayed in hiding well over twenty years.)

The two class bullies were very good friends.    So, when they started intimidating me on the playground…I stopped them.   I wasn’t a fighter, but I had a way with words…and an older sister.  That said; I began to promise that my sister and I weren’t afraid of anybody etc. etc.    I had quite a mouth on me for a person who never had a fight before or after that day.

My”talk” was enough to keep them at bay until after school.

The next day no one said anything so I thought that it was all over.  When I got out of school, one of the girls was waiting for me.  I began to talk.  I knew how to “sound” angry. She stayed back but followed me all of the way home.  When we got near my house my mother who was always at work…opened the front door. The girl began to “tell on me.”

When she told my mother everything that I said…my mom promised me a whooping.  None of my protests were heard and the bully went home laughing; but she never bothered me again.

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Now, years later…as a believer I’ve learned some things.  Yet, there is still a bully walking around…

Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5: 8

The Whole Idea that Satan is the accuser of the brethern is not some made up idea….it is straight out of the bible…in more than one place…

READ ABOUT SATAN GOING TO ACCUSE JOB HERE

Revelation 12:7-12 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

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Word to the wise:

Satan’s target….is your heart, your mind…He wants you to be offended, get your feelings hurt…quit the path that you’re  on…move away from God.  So when something happens in your walk with God…remember that you may just be in “the blame game” and you may not be  a willing party…but you do have control over the outcome! Call on Jesus…he’s the defender!