THE MAGNIFICENT 7

7I am sorry to disappoint you. This is not a review of the recently released movie The Magnificent 7, starring Denzel Washington, a heroic feat of 7 men of all different nationalities, races and beliefs who ride into a tormented town and save it from a group of ruthless men. The Magnificent 7, I am referred are the 7 troubles God will magnificently deliver you from if you trust and believe in Him.

Also, two magnificent things I discovered reading and meditating on the scriptures of God, is scriptures can inform you on the past, guide you in the present day and predict the future. That is why it is so importantly not to just read the Bible, but study the Bible. It is not a book about past prophets and events. Or, glimpses of the distant future. It is about everyday life.

Secondly, many words in scripture have multiple meanings. When you study scriptures, the first meaning that comes to mind does not mean that is the only reference that should be investigated.

The 7 troubles that God will deliver you from can be found in Job 5:19-24 King James Version (KJV).

Verse 19: He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.

Verse 20: In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.

There are 3 words in this scripture that need to be explored more deeply.

Let’s begin with famine. Famine means a scarcity of food. But it also means a great shortage of something. This can be a shortage of money, love, employment, courage or anything that you are lacking. God is informing you that He will provide your lacking needs, whatever they may be.

The next word is death. Most will quickly think of the termination of life. Death can be referenced to the ruin or destruction of something. Most who believe in God knows when you die you go to Heaven and live with God forever. But, God will save you, today, from any destruction, a marriage, career, relationship or any ruin that can be headed your way.

War is the last word. War is a battle. Don’t just think about the wars in the Middle East or other places. We are fighting wars with the devil, the world, people and sometimes ourselves. God will help you to fight your daily wars.

Verse 21: Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue:

God will deliver you from the troubling, evil, wicked statements, comments and words said about you. This is not to say, no one will ever speak evil of you or to you. God will put a spiritual covering over you that the statements will not because you harm.

Neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it comes:  Destruction can be any damaging circumstance. God will deliver you from any destructive thing coming your way, if you seek Him.

Verse 22: At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: Another definition of laugh is not to be bothered. When evil tidings come your way you will not be bothered by them. Because you will have confidence in God, not yourself., that you will be delivered.

Neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

Beasts are wild animals. Also, unkind and cruel people. God will save you from both.

Verse 23: For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field:

When you become associated with God and His way, there will not be any stumbling blocks in your way. Because you will know the Will of God.

And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.

Your enemies and unkind people will be at peace with you. Or, another way to put it, there will be an end of conflict among the ones who wanted to cause you harm.

Verse 24:  And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin.

You will be able to come to a peaceful home and household. And, because God has provided you will all of this things, you will not want to go against God’s Word or Way.

Let’s review. God will delivery you from any shortage; ruin or destruction; derogatory remarks; cruel people and bad news. You will be in a relationship with Him and stumbling blocks will be removed. Peace will come to you from the people you least expected. And your life and home will be in solace. I think that is magnificent.

Remember, scriptures are for our edification. They are to be applied to the past, present and future. And never read the Word of God at face value, if you do you will miss out on so much more.

PR REPRESENTATIVE

prrActors, athletics, and most famous people have one. Companies need them. They are called upon during positive moments to keep an ongoing and uplifting image. And they are replied upon during the negative times to spin stories for a constructive twist. They are called Public Relations Representatives. The PRR:

  • Helps to build and maintain a positive public image
  • Work to obtain free publicity and exposure for their clients
  • Are generally available night and day when unfavorable events occur and strive to turn the story around or to assist in any manner to shield their clients from as much harm as possible

Most of the people reading this post may not have the privilege or opportunity of having a Public Relation Representative at their disposal. But that is incorrect. I have a PRR and so do you, if you want one. I will guide you on a compare and contrast of the Public Relations Representative and our Personal Relations Representative.

When people are seeking a PRR they look for strong established firms or companies that will aid in achieving their goals.

Well, the kingdom of God is the strongest and the most established spiritual organization that could represent anyone.

 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

Next, you may want to know who the CEO of a certain company is and what have they accomplished.

God is the Ultimate CEO in the kingdom of God. And His accomplishment are, but not limited to creation of the world.

 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (KJV)

You may be wondering what an organization’s mission statement. God’s mission statement is simple:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (KJV)

What are the goals of this company? In the kingdom of God His goals for us are:

I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:

And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. Isaiah 45:2-3 (KJV)

You are very interested in the organization. Then you may inquire who will be directing the everyday affairs. Who is the COO or Chief Operations Officer?

Our Ultimate CEO with send His Chief Operations Officer. Our COO is the Holy Spirit. His main function and purpose is remind us of all things pertaining to God.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26 (KJV)

The world’s PRR may make you look positive in troubling times and require you to work all hours to keep your image up.

The Holy Spirit reveals ways for us to obtain peace, not to look peaceful, but to be at peace.  He will not encourage working odd hours to keep an image. He encourages us to be at rest with God, He is our Personal Relation Representative and He is our Peace Rest Representative.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 (KJV)

After reading all of the above you may ask the company, why should I sign up with you?

The kingdom of God reasons are simple.

24 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

25 The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV)

What do I need to do to become a part of the world’s PRR organization? The list may be endless and requiring large sums of money.

What you need to do you need for the Kingdom of God? To remain faithful and to walk down His paths.

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV)

Is there anything else I should do?

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:29-30 (KJV)

Our Spiritual PRR will:

  • Teach us about God and bring God’s promises to our remembrance.
  • Instruct us to walk in God ways.
  • Assist us in taking the yoke of God and be at rest.
  • Grant us peace if we do not allow our hearts to be troubled.

Now that you know you can have a PRR will you partake?

W.A.R

War, what is it good for, absolutely nothing… This was a line taken from song warWar by Edwin Starr, in 1970.  The song was a protest song against the war in Vietnam.

People have strong opinions on war. Good or bad. Warranted or unfounded. Who to fight, who not to fight, when, where, how and how long, the list goes on.

Basically war is a struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a particular end.

The W.A.R that I can honestly state that it unfounded and has no bearing on success is the battle of emotions and feelings, specifically the battle of Worry, Anxiety and Resistance.

The battle of W.A.R is a direct contradiction against God and what He teaches us. When you are seeking God and performing His Word and believing His promise W.A.R should be at a minimal. I am not going to say you will never have these emotions or feelings, but they should never linger for long periods of time, if you truly trust God.

Let’s examine the basic definition of war. War is conflicting forces. The world, family, and friends may be pulling you one way and the Word of God may be guiding you in a different direction.

Remember, we have an adversary, the devil that is always attempting to pull us away from God. He does not want us to rely and trust in God. He wants you to believe in the world, do things on your own, and constantly ask someone for your next step. It is amazing how some people will tell you to do things they will never do or don’t have a clue what is going on in their life.

What is worry? Worry is to afflict with mental distress. To constantly think about problems or fears that you have no control over. To have fear that something bad will happen or could happen.

What is the conflicting force of worry? Faith. Faith is a strong belief or trust in someone, in this case to have a strong faith in God. Another definition is a firm belief in something for which there is no proof. Faith is the strong belief no matter what happens God has a plan. It may not always turn out the way you think, but it will turn out in your best interest.

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 (KJV)

Anxiety is an abnormal and overwhelming sense of fear and doubt concerning the reality of a threat. Sometimes anxiety is marked with sweating, tension, and increased pulse. Many people have thrown themselves in panic attacks over fears of the unknowns or what could happen.

What is the conflicting force of anxiety? Calmness is a stare of tranquility or quietness. For the righteous there is peace. And working righteousness there is quietness and confidence, not in yourselves, but God.

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. Isaiah 32:17 (KJV)

Resistance is to refuse to accept something new or different. So many people are set in their ways; in their parents’ ways; or in their friends’ ways. They don’t even entertain the concept in changing. Resistance to change or to adopt a different type of belief will hinder you.

What is the conflict force in resistance? Acceptance. Accept God, His Words and His ways and your life will metamorphosed.

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4 (KJV).

What is the opposing force of war? Peace. How do you obtain peace?

 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Psalm 34:14 (KJV)

The battle of W.A.R is a direct contradiction against God and what He teaches us. Worry, anxiety, and resistance are tools used by the devil. Seek God and receive faith, peace and resistance.

TO RECEIVE OR NOT TO RECEIVE

thumbs-up-and-downThere is a new President Elect. Some are rejoicing in the outcome, while others are mourning for the candidate who did not win. All types of acquisitions are running rampant on all of the candidates. The social media has become a political forum to vent views and opinions. I read one remark that was very true and enlightening. If you are against the new President Elect, guess what, in January, he will still be the next President of the United Sates. And if you are rallying, complaining, and voicing unjust causes to the candidate that did not win, at the end of the day they will not be the President.  Don’t misunderstand my candor for those who are for or against any candidate, or that I am ignoring that everyone has the right to speak their mind. But at the end of the day, it is what it is.

I do not take lightly anything that will affect my life, the lives of my friends, families and loved ones, directly or indirectly. I just have a different method to deal with the unknown.

I am going to pose these question to you. Have you wanted, desired or strived for something and you didn’t get it? In the beginning, you were hurt, disappointed, maybe sad or angry? But, as time passed you discovered the thing you most wanted was not really the right thing for you? You thought maybe you dodged a bullet?

Now let’s flip the script. Same question with a twist. Have you wanted, desired or strived for something and you did get it? In the beginning, you were excited and hopeful. But, as time passed you discovered, the thing you received was not good. And now there are regrets, trials and troubles?

If you asking how the above questions has anything to do with the candidates that won or lost. It is all about who are you trusting? The government? Man? Yourself? The world? Friends? Families?

After the election, another statement, caught my attention. It ricocheted through Twitter, Facebook and texts:  “In God we trust” not “in man we trust”. That sounds good in writing, but no one took the time to instruct how to trust in God. And what to do.

Listed below are 12 intervention, which should be taken in life. Not just for an election, job or a relationship, but in all matters.

What do you do when you hear rumors, or any negative remakes that are proven or not proven? Do you freak out? Compliant? Or, do you automatically go into solution mode, formulating Plan A, B and C with a contingency plan? Or did you ask other people about the rumors, allowing them to fill your head with negativity? But, God tells us to don’t be afraid of bad news. Trust in Him.

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7 (KJV).

When bad things occur, who is the first person you turn to for solace? Spouse? Friend? Family? These may be great selections if you know they can shelter or protect you. Oftentimes we run to people who cannot help or support. You unload all of your worries and cares and they may tell you the things they would do or suggest things they would not do. Or, convey answers that make you feel worse. My suggestion? Go to the One that can truly provide solutions. God is our protection in all things.

Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:8 (KJV)

Back in the Bible days, the King of Babylon carried great power and authority. Many of these kings were wicked, executing afflictions on people. Today, the President of the United States is probably the most powerful man in the world. So whomever is President now and in the future, whether they are evil or good; for the poor or against; for the rich or against; if they have their own agendas or not; we should not be afraid. Why? Because God tells us not to fear, because He will save and deliver us. He is our Almighty President.

 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the Lord: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand. Jeremiah 42: (KJV)

When you meet a person and you want to get to know them better. You acquaint yourself with them. You seek to know them more on a personal basis. This can be through phone conversations, outings, text messages, emails or any modes of communication that causes you to know them on a deeper level. Did you realize that the more you get to know God on a deeper level, peace replaces anxieties and fears? How do you acquaint yourself with God? Through prayers; reading His Word; and establishing a relationship with Him. God wants to be included in all of your decision making and in all areas of your life.

 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. Job 22:21(KJV)

Have you fallen and someone helped you up. Or, have you felt faint and someone immediately runs and helps you. In both cases you have leaned on that person and have partaken of their strength. Learn to lean on God. Rely on a Spiritual Being that can actually offer you strength.

 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me. Isaiah 27:5 (KJV)

Remember, we have no strength in ourselves, but in God. God can renew our strength to the point of trudging through afflictions and soaring to victories.

 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31King James Version (KJV)

 Integrity is the quality of being fair and honest. This trait many do not stick with or do not have. Or, are quickly ready to give it up when trials come theirway.  Don’t remove your integrity.

God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. Job 27:5King James Version (KJV)

When you present a reverential fear of God and His ways. You will want to do His Will and you will receive a greater understating in life decisions.

 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. Job 28:28King James Version (KJV)

How do you how your thoughts can be established to right thing at the right time and for the right reason. Talk to God about them. Do the things He encourages you to do when He tells you. If you do, you will not go wrong.

 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. Proverbs 16:3King James Version (KJV)

Lastly, when you confer with God on your decisions, goals or dreams, He will guide you in taking the correct steps to achieve your aspirations.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6King James Version (KJV)

Now, when you see or read “In God we trust” not “in man we trust”, you will know the interventions in trusting God and not man.