Category Archives: Social

Embracing Failure – Carol Dweck

“Don’t praise intelligence or talent, praise the process.” Carol

Praising process creates a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset.

Fascinating, talk. Use the word – “yet” with children.

If you’re not struggling with something you’re not growing and not learning.

Interesting how this lady is communicating biblical principles, without mentioning the Bible at all.

MINDSET – THE BOOK OVERVIEW

Roe Vs. Wade – One of the best Pro-life speeches EVER! Gianna Jessen abortion survivor – the truth about abortion

One of the best Pro-life speeches EVER! Gianna Jessen abortion survivor. The truth about abortion you won’t hear in mainstream media today.

When we realize society at large is responsible for the on-going slaughter of 1,000,000+ babies every year in the USA alone, we will finally begin to see the tied turn and other viable – real solutions come to surface more and more.

This is NOT about a woman’s right to “choose” this is about a lie that started back at Jane Roe Vs. Wade, perpetuated for nearly 50 years and has deceived millions, upon millions of young women into thinking it’s “okay” to murder the baby in their belly. Society has failed our women and children. Men have failed women and children. For a woman to go through the heinous process of murdering a real person in their own body is exceedingly traumatizing to them physically, emotionally and psychologically.

Jane Roe’s Testimony about the lie:

In this video below, which is older than the 1 minute video above, Jane Roe (Norma McCovey) indicates she just got baptized back in 1995 and thought 1st tri-mester abortion is okay. However, in the newer video she refutes this idea and now is against the entire thing, completely. I put this link in simply to provide more of her journey and life as ABC Nightline News reports. Psalm 139 talks about how God knew us when we were only “substance” and that He knits us together in the mother’s womb.

[Psa 139:13-18 NKJV] 13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And [that] my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, [And] skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When [as yet there were] none of them. 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 [If] I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.


Perhaps the most important conversation we can have, considering it seems that the legalization of killing babies leads to nearly 2x more deaths than the leading cause of death – heart disease in America (about 611,000 yearly).

I can’t help but wonder how future generations will look back on this generation, judge us for our moral depravity, and lack of compassion for the unborn lives being flushed down the toilet daily, not to mention the millions of young women we’ve allowed suffer this abuse.

The false narrative that women need the right to kill the baby in the womb for reasons of rape, incest, or any other sinful act needs to be exposed for the lie that it is. According to the statistics I’ve seen, about 32,000 women who are raped become pregnant per year. Wow! I had no idea rape was this prevalent in this nation. This is horrendous and a total travesty. Something needs to be done to address this depravity. Yet, the current line of reasoning (pro-choice argument), says, one wrong makes another wrong – a right. How does it make sense that we punish another completely innocent voiceless human being by killing them because of what someone else did to us? It doesn’t.

Even though, 32,000 babies is a HUGE number of people, it fails in comparison to the 1,000,000+ babies in total being slaughtered for reasons beyond abortions strongest argument – rape, incest, etc. (about 3% of total abortions/yearly) and that’s ASSUMING every rape victim that got pregnant, also got an abortion – which isn’t accurate. These arguments justifying the murder of any life is only found in the vanity of man’s false compassion, foolish wisdom, reasoning and/or selfishness. The arguments are completely devoid of the God of the Bible, that says He gives and He takes. The arguments are completely devoid of faith and trust in a Sovereign God and Creator, that works all things together for the good of those who are called according to His purposes in Christ Jesus. The Bible is clear, He opens and He closes the womb. He is the author of life and death. His justice is perfect.

It’s the nations around the Israelite’s that sacrificed their children to other gods. There’s nothing new under the sun and that’s exactly what’s taking place in this nation, whether we want to acknowledge that or not.

In an era where man prides himself on technology, innovation and new ideas, how is it we can’t figure out how to help the innocent and vulnerable of our society? There are solutions beyond killing babies and traumatizing our young women. Great solutions, actually.

Why are we defaulting to barbarism? Rather than the nobility and respect of life?

Why are we working so hard to argue in favor of killing the voiceless, innocent lives in the womb, rather than arguing that there’s got to be a better way??!!!

I don’t pretend to have the answers as to how we as a society are to go about turning the ship around. I don’t pretend to be perfect. I don’t pretend to understand how we can take care of our women better so that they are not in the terrible situation faced with the decision of life and death. I can’t imagine what it must be like for millions of women to wake up to the unexpected pregnancy. We can choose life, stop allowing babies to be killed and let women have real options in place that promote life from conception to birth that are best for the Mom and Baby. Abstinence, and then C-sections and adoption are great alternatives to ending a life.

Since posting this video, engaging in discussion around this idea, my heart, mind and soul have been grieving and weeping that we as a society are this broken, hardened and apathetic. Over 10x the amount of people killed in the holocaust (our brains can’t even fathom how big of a number this is), have been killed in the USA ALONE. Forget about China and their 1 child policy and all the other nations. We are just talking about the USA. WOW. Unthinkable.

Moreover, it absolutely needs to be communicated to those who may have participated in or know someone who has participated in this thing called, “abortion,” the words written here are not to accuse, blame, guilt or point the finger at you or any human. Make no mistake, the one I am pointing my finger at is Satan, who as the Bible indicates, “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” There’s principalities and powers working to destroy humanity because we are created in the image of God and Satan hates us. Misery loves company and he wants us to be miserable with him in hell. There is total forgiveness found in the Cross of Christ Jesus and His resurrection. He died to pay the price for our sins, when we make Him Lord and Saviour. He washes us clean of all unrighteousness. We’ve been deceived and opened the door to Satan in this nation by allowing the Roe V. Wade decision – which as stated in a comment already, was based upon a lie. We’ve lied to and not protected millions of young women for over 40 years, into believing this is okay. It’s not.

Just like slaves and Native Americans didn’t have constitutional rights once upon a time, we can change our policies/laws today to help the future unborn generation have rights they deserve and demand. We can do better.

“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” – Ronald Reagan

Prayerfully, believing that we will change this decision and do more to protect our women and children from violence.

In closing here’s a clip from a pastor that had a dream where he explains how the Lord reveals His perspective on the murder of innocent babies every moment from around the world.

We can’t sit by and let this happen any longer. We must become the voice for the voiceless. We must become the solution for babies being put up for adoption. We must become love. We must wake up out of our own apathetic selfishness and give more to those around us in need. End baby murder today! In Yeshua’s name. Amen.

Be the change. God bless you!

Is coveting the worst sin?

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” – Exodus 20:17

‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’ – Deuteronomy 5:21

Lately, I have spent more and more time meditating on why “coveting” is so bad in the eyes of YHWH.  One of the ten commandments is you shall not covet.  Seemingly this idea of coveting is much lesser than some of the other commandments, such as murdering someone.   So what does “covet” actually mean?

covet – to want (something that you do not have) very much
to desire (what belongs to another) inordinately or culpably

Notice how Scripture defines what not to do regarding the idea of coveting.  Do not desire anything that is essentially, not ours.  This is a major problem in society today. Essentially our entire culture is constructed upon the idea “getting that next conquest” whatever that might be.  Marketing continually bombards our lives and minds with the message, “Your life is incomplete without this possession, skill, talent, gift, relationship, status, idea, etc.”

Coveting in a very real sense is the first sin.  Eve and then Adam desired that which was not meant for them.  Take a look at Genesis 3.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6

Through out the beginning of Genesis 3 we see satan at work “marketing” the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Focusing on deceiving Eve, he then gets Adam.  Eve was deceived, she ate of the fruit because it was desirable to her.  Adam then ate the fruit not because he was deceived, but because he knew without eating of the fruit, separation would ever be between Eve and himself.    Adam desired Eve – coveting her over YHWH and His Word.  Satan twists and lies about the reality of the Tree, specifically the ramifications of what will happen once they part-take.

And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:8 NKJV

What was their response to this new fallen state?  Adam and Eve hid themselves from the presence of the Creator of heaven and earth.  This is the problem of humanity.  We all hide ourselves from God because of our sin.  Yet, the presence of the LORD is what brings victory over satan, sin and darkness.

Looking at Exodus we see how the one thing Moses desired from YHWH was, His Presence.

And He said, “My Presence will go [with you], and I will give you rest.” 15 Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go [with us], do not bring us up from here. Exodus 33:14-15 NKJV

God’s presence slays giants.  God’s presence takes out every work of the evil one.  His presence is the answer to our lives and victory in the earth.  Joshua and the Israelite’s crushed all the giants because the presence of the LORD went before them.  Whatever is going on in our lives at any given moment, inviting God into that situation will completely disarm any work of darkness.

 “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 “But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” – John 3:19-21 NKJV

There are several reasons why we do not want an ounce of coveting in our lives, here are just a few.

  1. Coveting leads to bigger levels of sin. When we act upon wrong desire the door for increased pain and suffering opens wider and wider.  War, stealing, murder, adultery and divorce spawn from the sin of covetousness.

James chapter 4 communicates this reality perfectly, take a look.

Where do wars and fights [come] from among you? Do [they] not [come] from your [desires for] pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend [it] on your pleasures. 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?[James 4:1-5 NKJV]

  1. Coveting reveals an ungrateful, unthankful and unappreciative heart. Rather than focusing on all the blessings YHWH has provided to us, we focus on our lack.  We focus on what we do not have.

Adam and Eve had everything they could ever need or want.  They had all the power in the Garden, they were in charge.  They had the best status – dominion and stewardship over the earth.  This couple possessed everything.  Adam and Eve had all the wealth they could possibly desire.  Their work did not even make them break a sweat, it was easy.  On top of position and possession, they had the presence of the Most High.  Satan turned their attention from what they had, to what they did not.  Some how they bought into the lie that what they had was not good and God was some how holding out on them.  They became unappreciative and discontent.

“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. – Luke 6:35 NKJV

Notice how in Luke, unthankfulness is associated with being an evil thing.

We need to be a people of thanksgiving, gratitude and appreciation. God is good. He is working so everything that occurs in our lives is working out for our own good.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, [And] into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, [and] bless His name. 5 For the LORD [is] good; His mercy [is] everlasting, And His truth [endures] to all generations. Psalms 100:4-5 NKJV

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to [His] purpose. – Romans 8:28 NKJV

  1. Coveting calls YHWH a liar.  It says to Him, “God, You’re not trustworthy. I don’t believe what You tell me is true.  I don’t believe the things that are currently a part of my life or not a part of my life, are actually for my own good.”

God jealously desires us.  Yet we go after the things of the world – position, power, or material possessions.  Somehow satan continues to feed us the same lie over and over, generation after generation.

Coveting says, “The grass is greener on the other side of the fence.”  Satan wants us to jump the fence, again and again – in search of the “greenest.” Dis-contentedness and covetousness go hand in hand.  If we are discontent we can bet covetousness is taking place.  The truth is, the grass is not greener, it is simply a different color.  The search is real, but what are we searching for?  Are we searching for Jesus or the most money in the bank, the most power on the planet, the most attractive spouse, etc.?

Paul understood this well.  He was fully contented in the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit.  He knew that all of his life was in the hands of the Creator to such a degree he could make this statement:

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:11-13 NKJV

Conclusion

If we trust our current reality – relationships, resources, position to the Most High, there’s no room for sin to expand within our hearts and lives.  God is good and is worthy to be trusted with all of life’s details.  We can trust Him implicitly.  Our responsibility is simple:

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – Matthew 6:33 NKJV

His Word promises:

Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. – Psalms 37:4 NKJV

Prayer

Father in Heaven, You are trustworthy.  You are good.  Thank You for all that is transpiring in the earth right now over and around my life.  Thank You for the relationships in my life.  Thank you for the relationships that are not in my life. Thank You for my daily bread.  Thank You that everything transpiring in my life is according to Your perfect will.  Be magnified today YHWH.  Thank You for Your peace, rest and contentment.  Most of all thank You for the presence of the Holy Spirit residing within me this day because Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins and rose on the 3rd day to save me from death and sin.  I also ask that the sin of covetousness be cast down from the hearts of man.  I ask that hearts of gratitude and thanksgiving arise in the hearts of man today, more and more and more. Lastly Lord, I do not want anything that is not mine.  I only want what You have for me.  I gladly receive all that You have for me.  I trust You.  I repent for any time I have wanted something that is not mine and that you do not have for me.  Let everyone be blessed fully with what You have given to them.  Thank You for your generosity upon their lives.  I celebrate Your goodness upon the people around me.  Bless my friends, bless my family, bless my acquaintances, and bless those that say bad things about me.  Thank You! In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

Gossip Nation According to the Holy Bible. Be Beautiful.

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Gossip Nation.

: information about the behavior and personal lives of other people
: information about the lives of famous people
: a person who often talks about the private details of other people’s lives

13 A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
[Proverbs 11:13 NIV]

28 A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
[Proverbs 16:28 NIV]

8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts. [Proverbs 18:8 NIV]

19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.
[Proverbs 20:19 NIV]

20 Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down. … 22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.
[Proverbs 26:20, 22 NIV]

20 For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. [2 Corinthians 12:20 NIV]

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
[Romans 1:28-32 NIV]

13 And besides they learn [to be] idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.
[1 Timothy 5:13 NKJV]

WHAT IF…
What if we could live in a world where creative ideas were discussed?  Then what if we took those ideas and rather than letting them fall to the ground we believed in them to the extent that a reality was established of these good ideas?  Where people came together to accomplish goals surrounded by an idea to make the world a little bit better for you and for me?  What if gossip became something that was disdained so much that conversation simply stopped when an individual lost sight of the more important direction of thought, such as an idea or ideas of how to implement good into the earth? Could we begin to take actions in such a way, that good ideas were coveted in everyday meetings and conversation with the people we surround ourselves by?  What if we simply began asking better questions, higher questions, rather than subjugating ourselves to the idle boring chatter and dull questions about other people’s lives?  Imagine a world where we begin working together in such a way that the “powerful people” were seen as those not concerned about the details of others lives for the sake of filling time space, but rather those concerned about the well being of others near and far?  Neighbor and Stranger.  Friend and Foreigner.

Our words shape worlds and the people there in.  Shape my world with your ideas, conversation and action: in such a way it becomes a “Wonderful Life” and I’ll do the same for you….

Deal?

You’re capable of more than you realize.  Your good ideas can become.

Now begin to believe….

You’re beautiful.  Be beautiful.