Katy Perry- Not Christian?

Joh 3:19 “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.
Joh 3:20 “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
Joh 3:21 “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

Jesus said there was judgement for not believing in HIM. Then He tried to explain it by saying those who did this loved the darkness. Now many people are seeing evil in Jesus for this kind of thing and are rejecting Him because the truth doesn’t make them happy. Perhaps there is hardness in it that they don’t understand. “Why would a loving God not make me happy”? But Jesus has this standard He wants us to meet and we can’t. So do we quit trying? Nothing gets accomplished if we quit.
Here is somebody that went the whole other way from born again Christian to cult leader.

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and [money].- Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:24.”

Pop Mega-Star Katy Perry recently made waves in the Christian media when she announced that she is not a Christian and is an adherent to the New Age Movement. While there may be shock and sadness over this announcement, Beginning and End has chronicled the blatant sinful rebellion that has been a part of Perry’s music and videos for years. Her announcement is yet another sign of pop culture’s open movement away from God and the promotion of anything to do with the Christian faith.
Perry has left behind her born-again past and finds spirituality through the  writing of Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now influenced the song  “This Moment”); practicing Transcendental Meditation (“the best thing I got out  of my previous relationship, because it was introduced to me via my  ex-husband”); and therapy. “I don’t believe in a heaven or a hell or an old man  sitting on a throne. I believe in a higher power bigger than me because that  keeps me accountable. Accountability is rare to find, especially with people  like myself, because nobody wants to tell you something you don’t want to hear.  I actually don’t trust people who start to turn on me because they get scared of  telling me the truth. I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian, but I  still feel like I have a deep connection with God. I pray all the time—for  self-control, for humility. There’s a lot of gratitude in it. Just saying ‘thank  you’ sometimes is better than asking for things.” – Katy Perry interview in Marie Claire Magazine.

Perry started her career as a Contemporary Christian Music or CCM singer. When she did not achieve the financial success she envisioned for herself, she tur
Why do people love darkness more than light. She had salvation and talent, then money became the focal point. Now she has more than she knows what to do with but lost her faith. Another case of a millennial expecting more than the truth could provide.
I’m quite content with the truth. It provides everything I need in moderation. The article is right it does provoke sadness and a deep smoldering rage. I don’t know why it just does. A feeling that I should try harder, it is tough but I know God’s principles work and the end result is amazing or astonishing and makes me marvel at God for what he has done for us. Katy Perry said she prays for humility but her decision was pride as she lives in rebellion to God and tries to justify herself.
The rich young ruler in the Bible who called Jesus ‘good’ also loved his money and made a conscious choice to keep it and go away sad and confused about eternal life. Jesus knew his riches were in his way. I count my blessings often that I’m not rich. I also wish I had a few extra bucks once in a while too.
The darkness, the world is so tantalizing. We have to consciously not love it. ‘But for the grace of God go I’. Nobody needs that kind of temptation. But if we are lucky enough not to have that talent or to make those choices we do well by default. Only a few get that ‘in demand’ and many of them fall. Anybody who lets a little of the world in is going to have a nagging temptation to deal with. We are not made to face such temptation. Jesus said run from fornication but I think He meant all sin.
Pro 22:4 The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.

 

 

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JESUS the MESSIAH

Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
Joh 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Joh 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
Joh 4:26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

By His own words He is the Messiah. By Peter’s words, who said, ‘you are the Christ the Son of God’. ‘You have the Words of eternal life to whom shall we go?’ Over and over again they believed in HIM and were healed and even the demons called Jesus the Messiah. There were many witnesses to Jesus being the One who would save them. But it would be saved from their sins and from going to Hell. He gave them a better way to live and it was challenging because it went against their normal way of hating their enemies. He gave them a better law to follow- ‘Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.’

Read 4:10. One of the gifts of God is The Word of God or living water. Wouldn’t she have asked the Messiah for anything? eternal life? In Gods words is eternal life. It begins with one drink or one seed planted and watered. How many drinks of the water of life will it take to be born into eternal life, only one. Drink until you are satisfied, quench your thirst never to be thirsty again. Eat from the tree of life, only one bite should be enough to live forever. What is it that is so refreshing so satisfying that you can live without end. It was made by GOD for that purpose.
Jesus is moving in two directions here living water and who He is. First the living water. Jacobs well was earthly water and she had to draw water there every day because she got thirsty. But Jesus’s living water was spiritual and would quench the inner man with knowledge of the truth and of God. You can find the absolute truth. This is it. Jesus speaks the truth. His water does satisfy. All you have to do is take it in- read the word. Its alive it changes you, what He says about himself, that He is the way, That His death can forgive our sins and heal our relationship with GOD. It Can. If we follow Him.

Don’t be afraid of change, Jesus life is better. Don’t be afraid of Jesus as God, He doesn’t condemn you in your new life. He loves you. Search the scriptures and you will find out. I’m translating the scriptures from the Greek right now and when you see all the possible meanings of the words the picture it is trying to create is a whole lot fuller and more meaningful and colorful. Its kind of on steroids, filling in your questions and misunderstandings and becomes clearer. Its a good way to search the scripture to provide you meaning and show you more about Paul and Jesus whom we are emulating- being like.

Read John 4:14. The scriptures are life to us, they are a well of life, different things some old some new, all like spice. We get to be our own person in Christ, though united and I know how you value those things. Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that He exists in His own right. He is the great I AM- the Messiah. Thats where He is coming from and why He is believable. With all the words of knowledge He gave her- she knew. “He told me all things I ever did.” ‘I perceive you are a Prophet’. Then to have Him say He is the Messiah, she had to take it to her whole town…’Is this the CHRIST?’ It must have been a very exciting day in that town and in that womans life. So they believed and they all got saved. The harvest was ripe.

But did they keep at it and stay following Jesus without ever seeing Him again. They had all the same temptations we have and life went on and got boring again. But they did get saved and maybe it didn’t matter? Did they question having seen Him? He talked with them 2 days- was that enough? Some it was , some it wasn’t. But we have to keep at it. Keep refreshing His words in our minds, keep being faithful to it and keep hoping in heaven and being like Jesus and bringing in the harvest. Think of all the generations before us, some made it some didn’t. Jesus puts it in all our power to make it if we want it bad enough, we can do it. Please keep trying, Please make it. Please get saved. There is ever giving life in that water and with true faith and hope and joy in it, it will be our strength. We can, we must.

Lumberjacks Are Human

 

There was a lumberjack.  He got a job in a forest fire tower for five or six months. He was alone and low on provisions.  At the end of the first month he was talking to himself.  At the end of the second month He was ‘done with this job’.  During the third month he was talking to trees and they were talking back.

He started to feel guilty and didn’t know why.  He was on edge and insecure.  If the guys were here he could touch and swear.  He would know their strength and stability.  He thought about his friends and he wished they were here.  Some guys are not cut out for this job he thought but it just made him more fearful because he had so much time left.  No cell phone service either.

He started thinking about God to get rid of the guilt.  This is just like solitary, must be.  Six months in solitary is common.  Something has got to tame an angry man & silence can do it.  A healthy man has people around him, interaction and relationship; but silence is cheap and available.

Then approached an electric storm, striking the tower and grounding out.  It scared the daylights out of him.  I’m not myself, scared, lonely, troubled, but about what?  Silence works on a man, no present or future here just the past.  I’ve been dwelling on the past for six weeks.  Old pains coming back, old humiliation, like it was yesterday.  But nobody to strike at or beat up or bully!  Can’t make them go away.  Why it won’t heal, being childish, angry still at the wife at dad and at my bosses.  It’s all bottled up; still no way to drain the pus- the hate and the revenge and fear.  This place is reducing me to a pile of feces.  It’s all part of it, small comfort, when does it end.

Then headaches, and ran out of aspirin.  Day looks hazy, night is so dark, lightning storms, silence, seeing things.  Tried to take a walk back, got lost, and looked up, the tower glooming over me.  Radio dead. How am I going to make contact in case of a fire?  Sweats, nightmares, listen!  Mom’s talking, “Remember son your father loved you; it was self-defense.  He shouldn’t have done that to you.  Guilt and anguish came and tears.  But still mom was there laughing and crying and hating on her husband.  Foul words began emanating about him too, and ‘You should have killed me too.  Now I’m going to make you suffer.  With a rill of laughter and a strange tone she raised the top of his head and shouted ‘the devil get ya son’ and like a witch she laughed until he cried.

Laughter is painful abuse when you can’t get a grip, when you are looking for belonging.  You find only wretched hatred banging on your hands and you begin to fall.  Can’t catch, don’t catch- into the abyss of terror.  More laughter, strange figures, evil presence, ‘lost your mind’?  ‘An ounce of good from Sunday school, will it save you?’  It said in a very scary twisted voice.  He began to pray: ‘God help me, God save me, like before.’  Are you sure you have had enough’ came the sordid reply.  Mom.  More of the same for days- two weeks.  Not a cloud in the sky, hot.

Guilt can hit for any reason at anytime to anybody.  Some of us have irrational guilt for things not our fault.  But I can assure you that Jesus is the God of guilt.  That he is greater than it and is in control, and He can make it go away, but will He?  God uses a certain amount of guilt to show us when we have sinned.  It is good to know so we can keep anything from coming between us and God in our relationship with Him.  Almost all guilt is not of the Lord.  Some is healthy as an indicator we are outside the law of love as I said.  But doing God’s will is not only obeying laws but finding our way back to Him after sinning or living a life of sin.  He has made a way by repentance and reaffirming our faith in Jesus.  By repentance I mean having remorse for our sin and turning our backs to it and turning our fronts to face God and keep our eyes on Him.   So Jesus forgives us, and His death on the cross can cover all sin.  But we don’t continue in sin that this grace of forgiveness may be constantly flowing to us.  Heaven forbid we keep on sinning.  We want to be holy as God is holy and God may take sin away from us.  But mostly He wants us to be humbled by it.

We often have autonomic guilt triggered by things we think we have done wrong.  But I think it’s useless to fight it.  It will just come back another day.  It is one of the many ways we let ourselves know, and God lets us know we need God.  He gives us a kind of foreboding in our depraved minds.  Guilt over sin, fear of punishment.

We can be free of it definitely.  When it becomes unmanageable, God can free you from it.  But listen to it, we feel bad for things we’ve done, and how we acted.  Guilt is human.  We need to be very sorry for these things if we are to be saved, if God is going to act to save us from our guilt.  That’s the first step- to know you are a sinner.  God is the forgiver of sins.  If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  But be sorry, don’t just seek an escape from guilt.  It’s all about getting saved and the chance to live a normal life and be free of the confusing trouble of guilt.

Promise? Promised!

read 2cor1:20             Gods promises to His people are in the Bible, He says yes to and we can say amen to that. God wants to give us good gifts and HE does give us good gifts. There is just something likely to attract attention in the way things are said in the Bible. God says yes to all HIS promises in the Bible – over 800, some are a little harder to get. Amen means ‘so be it’. We say look, God says yes, we say please do this LORD, we do our part and it gets done. God is a good Father, He wants to say yes to everything in the Bible if He wills it for us.

‘ To the glory of God through us’ our amen is to the glory of God through us. So be it God, be glorified in us through this great thing we want you to do in us and He will. To get free of sin, to find wisdom and guidance and strength, we need salvation, a job, we want to give Him some love or our lives. God will work with us. The key is not to give up. You learn as you go. In entrepreneurship classes they teach you that it may take more than one try to be successful. They know business and human nature. They know the success rate and the odds. We all fall short sometimes but if we keep trying we get better.

Hoping Yet?

Rom 5:3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
Rom 5:4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
Rom 5:5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

read 3-5             If you work at it and try to feel good about these tribulations we are talking about. You will get stronger until you have perseverance- the ability to continue despite the difficulties you might be having. Despite opposition or discouragement- you may start out a little weak at first but as you continue you get stronger, it gets easier and your resistance to quitting gets better. When you persevere for a while it brings about a behavior pattern that becomes consistent and starts being your natural way of acting. You make fewer mistakes and don’t have to try so hard, your body can bear more with ease, gets less tired and feels better. Character is the ability to always make the right decision and behave in a way that helps you stay out of trouble.

Proven character- when you are doing the right thing a lot and not getting beat up or beating yourself up and things are going pretty well. You can start thinking this is a pretty good life and you want it to continue- this brings hope. Hope according to the Merriam Webster Thesaurus is belief in the future occurence of something, but more than that- belief something good is going to happen. You can believe in heaven- that you will get rewarded for doing this, or hope in being free from the burden of drugs and alcohol. Or getting that job, or finding that pearl of wisdom, or that guitar or that marriage you’ve been wanting. Getting healthy really does bring better things. Getting saved brings hope and love.

They Are

Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
Rom 5:3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
Rom 5:4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
Rom 5:5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
2Co 1:20 For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes; wherefore also by Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.

Abraham was made the Father of many nations after the promise that God made to him. He would have a son, Isaac, in whom his seed would be called, Jesus the Messiah would be of the seed of Abraham. But also through his 2 sons, Ishmael and Isaac he would be the father of many more. Some of the Arab nations and the Jewish nation were his offspring. Some people even tested DNA to see if Native Americans were Jewish in descent.
In the sight of God who had promised him and gave him two sons. It was not possible in the natural, they were old, but they believed God when he said this would happen. They were ready and it happened. God quickened their old bodies or made them useful to have a son. God is able to do this, He raised others from the dead. Gods power is great and He does supernatural feats as witnessed by many Jews in Jesus time, as witnessed by many descendants of Jacob in Egypt, when they came to the promised land. The ten plagues were performed by God and the manna and water were given and many great military victories took place in Canaan.
The interesting thing I want to point out is the last part of this verse. ‘God calls those things that are not yet, as though they are already’. Funny thing about God He knows what will be and He can make predictions about what will be, because He knows what is going to happen already. God knew Abraham would have a son and He told him to give him hope. This is what he wanted from God because he had no son to carry his name after he died. Abraham had hope and faith in God. God did this for him. This could be very hopeful for someone – God empowers where GOD promises. So if it is Gods will that you be free of stealing, or fear or alcohol, you can grasp it in faith, and hang in there long enough. We have to do our part too. You know God says ‘thou shall not steal’. He will empower you to get free if you do your part. Like shooting you have to do your part.

So you can go to meetings and stay out of stores or bars and hang around recovering thieves or drinkers. You can go to church and prayer meetings, eat healthy, drink coffee, take a lot of showers, do some meditative work, sing or generally keep busy and put together a life to aleviate the temptation and suffering. If you stay sober for a couple weeks it will get easier. But you have a changed life and a support group and you keep going. Your thinking its better to be sober or whatever and you work at it, get plenty of sleep and kick the habit. Even smoking at a different time can be replaced with something good.
In a rehab they try to change your thinking and inspire you with a better life and hope in better things. You can read inspiring books and you can be sure your are doing something good. You can dream of using your time better and of having Gods protection and his word alive to guide you, which gives ideas and clues as to how to live and not make more mistakes.

No Fantasies Here

Sometimes life gets huge for people. These days its like everything is getting harder and troubling. The cost of living has gone up and things can break and we can spend all our extra time doing the things that need to be done. My neighbors have 2 people working and they don’t even get time to change their oil on time. They are pretty well off but struggling sometimes to get everything done and play enough and get enough sleep and just keep going when they’d rather be playing around. Doing everything you can and everything you think you must, and still there is more needed and staying up late after dark to change your oil it can be exasperating for all of us I think. There are still giants in life to contend with.
So once in a while you can get a little bit of fear going- ‘ what is going to happen next’, how are we going to pay for that’ and you might make a mistake some where. The bills pile up and with all the unemployment many people are faltering in the quest to be in the black. Are all the creditors going to foreclose on all the faltering to pay their bills. Will everything be taken back and more? stuff like that. Stuck in a struggle to where we don’t believe in God, don’t want to hear about Jesus and can’t slow down. Sometimes we even take drugs to keep up with it all.
When I have fear I have been reciting scriptures. Fear for persecution and for the stuff I have already stated. Plus about public speaking. I have been trying to please God but we can get off the track so easy. Thankfully God can correct us and get us back on track.
I say,’ Fear not for I am with you, be not afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you yea and I will help you yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.’ Its comforting and after a while it goes. I say,’There is no fear in love, perfect loves casts out fear, for fear has torment. Those who fear are not made perfect in love’. I let perfect love have its way with the help of the Holy Spirit. And fear goes away, believe it or not.
There are giants in our lives that make us fear sometimes. Just doing life for a long time can be a chore. When David was going to fight Goliath I saw in a movie just the other day- all the soldiers tried to discourage him over and over, every chance they got because they had no faith that he could kill the giant they were so afraid of him. David persevered and knew he could do it and he did. I’m just saying that we need faith sometimes in God to do something larger than ourselves. We spend all our energy everyday and we get used to the routine but when things sneak up from behind and threaten to overwhelm us where do we get the energy and strength? Some of us turn to GOD.
God is our sufficiency for just such a time as this. He becomes our strength and gets us over the top with a surge of extra help and we conquer the problem and outlast it and find peace again. I think its God- does anything else work ? Does shrinking back or letting something else go and experiencing loss work? I have gotten immense help by believing in the gospel of God. It has always worked for me. Knowing that God is on my side and strengthening and helping is an immense comfort and it does work and is very refreshing.
God is good He comes through for me through prayer and the scriptures and I believe them because they work. Because God does not let us down. There are trials and it is tough sometimes- we are saved through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Our own effort will fail us and things we do may make us less sharp and take the edge off our efforts so that we don’t get by and we can lose what we have or never get what we want. We can just slip through the cracks and be lost.
But whether you are working or not your faith will save you at least you will go to heaven when you die if you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. You can count on HIS goodness and gentleness to help you in time of trouble. God will not destroy you unless you do not believe. Ultimately… in the end.
His mercies are new every morning.