A lie promises what it cannot produce.
There may be missed communications between people...
and side-liners will, sometimes,
hit the ground running with this hot piece of news.
They are quick to believe what they perceived.
Then, there are those who are notorious for embellishing.
Before the news gets old... things get piled on,
either inadvertently or sometimes intentionally,
and escalates into a dispute.
Satan is also famous for using a more subtle weapon
The enemy does not want us to fulfill
God’s calling in our lives.
Satan is literally hell-bent on perverting
and preventing God’s plan.
He does everything he can to deter us
from hearing God’s voice and sharing God's Word
Satan endeavors to distract, destroy, steal, kill,
sow discontentment, he scrutinizes, slanders, tempts,
attempts to divide us, he deceives many,
he tries to control souls, he is a con, and
a discourager, just to name a few of his traits and tricks.
Satan is in the business of tearing people down.
He is the accuser, and he approaches people
with no love, but with a tone of condemnation.
He is constantly planting seeds of negativity.
His plan is to crush spirits and lay heavy burdens
and strongholds on his victims.
We must guard against anyone
who is undermining the effectiveness
of our walk with God.
A lie promises life, but ends in death;
A lie promises ecstasy, but ends in misery;
A lie promises satisfaction, but ends in suffering.
Satan is the ruler of the demons... they are his agents.
They work together 24-7 and are good at what they do
and never miss opportunities to attack.
Satan's ultimate aim is to make people
ungrateful to God.
Satan is miserable, and he wants us to be miserable too.
He is always ready to use those closest to us.
Satan will do all he can do to thwart us,
which includes whispering
(or in some cases, shouting)
every lie under the sun.
When the focus of our lives is on God’s plan
and walking in our calling...
he is notorious for trying to shut people down
so that they will be too worn out and fearful
of speaking out about
God's goodness and tender mercies.
His preferred strategy is to lead people away from God...
causing them to stumble by emphasizing
the philosophies of men over God's teachings.
The adversary will try to convince us that we
don't matter and we will never be good enough.
Discouragement is a tool that Satan knows
will burst our bubble. He wants us miserable,
insecure, bitter, mad, and full of malice.
One of the main methods Satan uses in families
is the oldest trick in the book of:
divide and conquer.
Satan is a diabolical liar and an instigator.
He thrives on the negative energy of others.
Satan is Spiritually poisonous
and emotionally destructive.
Satan uses hearsay to set others off.
He feeds directly on the negative energies he stirs up.
Satan knows that he can keep us in
a perpetual state of conflict...
as long as he can keep us divided.
The adversary knows that lies, accusations,
confusion, money, gossip, misunderstandings,
pettiness, and quarrels can cause division.
So he keeps stirring the pot.
It would be naive to think
that when we have Spiritual emergencies
and there is confusion, temptation, division,
and lies that Satan and his diabolical
with their voices of condemnation...
are not on the scene trying to wreak havoc.
History is deplete with examples of
Satan's devilish influence, in the world
and in our families.
Satan is very comfortable taking up residence
in a person who is a liar.
Many have inadvertently given a place to the devil
by creating an atmosphere where he feels
comfortable and at home.
John 8:44 calls the devil a liar and the father of lies.
Every time we tell a lie, we are acting like the devil;
and we've given a place to him.
Our thoughts are the seeds of our actions.
Sometimes we give too little thought
to the things we believe and say.
The book of Proverbs reminds us again and again
that if we are wise, we are careful about our words.
A fool expresses his wrath by his speaking;
We must be careful about our language.
We need to notice and make sure
the seeds we broadcast are in alignment with
what is true and righteous.
Strong concrete evidence should be our cornerstone.
Bogus assertions and/or intentionally misleading others
with invalid statements does not enhance one's credibility.
Lies and betrayal gives tremendous insights
into one’s character. Betrayal does more than
hurt feelings, it goes directly to our hearts...
the seat of all our emotions.
The enemy of our souls is trying to get
our hearts exposed for the sake of destroying us.
The simplest little lie, which we take lightly,
has the power to hurt, discourage,
Hurtful and thoughtless words...
downloaded into another’s heart and head
can devastate one's life.
The goal of betrayal is to poison the heart.
The deepest scars
are those we do not see.
The greater the trust, the greater the pain.
The deeper the love, the deeper the wound.
Words have great power. Words are persuasive.
By our own words we can inflate our own
ego and self-esteem out of its proper perspective.
We need to be careful of those who would flatter us
and also those who would condemn us.
They can cause one to believe things
about others or themselves that are not true,
and often, the negative words or flattering lies
are remembered long after they are forgotten
by the one who spoke them.
Research shows that words have an emotional,
physical, and spiritual impact.
They are messengers; that can carry defeat,
bring worry, and death...
or transmit victory, peace, and life for many!
When we listen to the rantings of the wrong voices…
we tend to believe things we should not believe.
Listening to the wrong voices can have one unleashing
anger on someone undeserving of it.
Until we know what voices someone else has
been listening to,
we don't know how to understand them.
Let us watch our words. Let us be careful
of what we talk about. We can be a host to God
or a hostage to ego and negativity.
If we want to attract good in our lives...
let us think about God...
and talk about God.
As we get in harmony with God... our thoughts
and words will become elevated.
They will shift and align with God
and bear seeds that can help others to
Let us speak life... encouraging others,
rather than finding ways to cut someone off
and put someone down. That is unproductive.
Our words should uplift and encourage...
rather than crushing and hurting others.
Idle minds and a willing tongue can be used
as the devil's mouthpiece.
May we be an example of
with purity in our speech
and in our deeds.
Within each of us lies the power to direct
the flood of feelings that surges forth.
1 John 4:1 reminds us:
Beloved, do not believe every spirit,
but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.
It appears that both, 70 plus-year-old, brothers are
wasting the one precious thing in our lives that we will
never be able to acquire again once it's gone...
Time, not money, is our
most valuable asset.
Why would anyone waste precious time...
making accusations of such horrendous nature
where no evidence exists to
substantiate those accusations?
God does not intend for us to let time slip away
with such frivolousness.
Every minute someone leaves this world behind.
Our time to transition may come much later than
we are expecting. On the other hand,
it may occur much sooner.
God created us with a “Spiritual need,”
which includes the desire to find
the true and deeper meaning of life.
Seventy plus years of life has to be and mean
much more than being hurtful, senseless,
thoughtless, and mean-spirited.
Our lives mean much more than being born,
living a short while, then dying.
It is my prayer that these two men, whom I once
held in high regard, will not become familiar
with these acts of emotional misery,
but embrace their calling and do what they know.
Every day is a gift, a fresh start for us to
realize our truth and authentic selves.
If what we are
hearing and the words
we are speaking have
no truth and no light...
they are contrary to
Truth and Light.
God is Holy and
without any kind
of shadow of
I will add on additional caveat about truth.
Truth gives us focus, meaning,
and substance in our lives.
This truth can only be learned
through spiritual means. Knowing the deeper,
spiritual truths of life requires that we
turn within to the most powerful
and life-sustaining of all...
Let us stop dancing to Satan's tune.
The questions become:
O learned and enlightened ones,
Why are you allowing Satan
to fill you with negative energy?
How can pettiness, fault-finding, gossiping, and
attempting to drag and tear another down
make life better or be pleasing to God?
Is this edifying?
Why are you allowing gossiping to become
a part of your consciousness?
When did gossiping and backbiting become
God realized thinking?
Does gossiping honor God?
How is it beneficial to depress, dishearten, confuse,
weaken, block, or discourage one who is really trying
to seek truth, discover and walk in their calling,
and glorify God?
Is treating another condescendingly...
developing you or advancing the universe?
When did hurling insults and hurtful language
Are you proud of your output?
Is it leading any of us to better behavior
or noble goals?
With your roots so deep and experience so extensive...
is this really the way you want to
crown the years of your life?
Does any of this leave the world
better than we found it?
Why not reflect on the good things about people rather
than assuming the worst and making destructive remarks.
Maybe it's time for all of us to re-examine our lives
to see where and how our time, allegiance, energy,
and affections are spent on a daily basis.
In doing so we could then see whom or what
we are truly worshiping and adoring.
God has a plan for our lives, to use our lives to benefit
others and for His glory.
Our relationship is now with God.
God is within each of us. We should be about our Father's
business... producing good works.
Our enjoyment of life is a by-product of
seeking to please God.
We are the heirs of all that man has ever dreamed,
thought out, fought and died for,
all that he has eloquently written
and left behind for the guidance
of future generations.
Every generation has enjoyed the use of the
rich deposits passed on to it
by the great civilizations of antiquity.
Does any of this backbiting, gossiping,
and crushing another's spirit
leave future generations better off?
Come on... can this insanity help any of us
gain greater self knowledge?
Let us wake up, and bless God!
Being reminded of our own mortality should lead us to
analyze our lives and seek deeper meaning to it all.
We were created to fulfill God's purpose
and glorify God's Name.
There is no one in this world
more important than God.
Love God first.
There is nothing in this world greater
than loving and honoring God.
There is nothing greater than
dedicating ourselves to God's cause.
May God guide all of the relationships
in our lives.
Life is very brief, fragile, precious, and unpredictable.
As we transition into a more knowledgeable,
and experienced person...
we start looking at what is really important
in our lives...
This day could be our last moment...
let us make the most of each day
by cherishing every day,
being grateful to God
for allowing us to see another day,
and pouring forth a heart of gratitude
for every breath and every moment of life
God has blessed us with.
We are alive... able to see the sunrise
and the sunset. We can hear the birds singing.
We can walk outside and feel the breeze
and the sun's warmth on our skin.
We woke up this morning with a sound mind.
We have a roof over our heads,
clothes and shoes to wear.
We live in a country that protects
our basic human rights
and civil liberties.
We are reasonably strong and healthy.
We have overcome many obstacles and roadblocks.
We have untapped God-given gifts, talents, and drive.
We have access to clean drinking water,
medical care, and internet.
We can read and write.
We are doing better than a lot of people in this world.
So, rather than wasting time with
unproductive comments and behavior...
let us be reminded...
every breath we take is an undeserved miracle,
every moment is a wonderful blessing from God,
and every experience is a precious gift from God.
May we seek God,
seek and speak truth,
praise God more, count our blessings,
cultivate gratitude, give thanks,
be kind, grow spiritually,
quietly and sincerely help someone,
let us read more, learn new things,
use our time wisely,
and be the best we can be.