Drunk Girl- The Morning Aftermath

I have been thinking, and once the famous ultra hip TV mega minister decides to donate a lovvvve gift to me for about a cool million I will use that money to make a television commercial.
But not just any old commercial actually an anti commercial, like a stealth patriot to go head to head with what now airs on the “Culinary Channel”, you know (wink, wink) for “Thin Chick” vodka and “Spectacle” cocktail.
Gotta love em, super retro chic ladies dressed to the nines whipping up cocktails left and right, living, loving, laughing and so ultra sleek and modern, who would that not appeal too?
That worries me, worries me a lot young ladies and teens who one day will be young ladies look at this and it appears to be a very appealing lifestyle.

Picture this, we zoom in on drunk girl whipping up her cocktails, fade to black, open back with a bedroom scene, there she is, her frazzled hair and smeared makeup that would be the envy of any Victorian era clown, she groggily looks over and mutters to herself “Who is that?”
We fast forward,  in our next scene drunk girl, who is now painfully sober is leaning over a commode violently sick, clutching a double lined pregnancy test in her hand, pausing for just a moment to listen as her answering machine picks up a call in the background that her test just came back positive for a STD.
Wow, now that is glamour! That is reality, that is what they do not want you to see and most certainly what they never want you to know may be!
I also love the “Going Places” channel program with the hunky Scotsman, who basically gets paid to travel internationally and get toasted.
Wonder how many young men would aspire to that coveted job description?
You know you are living in the devil’s world when that can be a profession!
So sad, once upon a time, drinking was mainly a male problem and women fought so hard against it, but thanks to our new culture shock it now any one’s game.
And you will become one of two types of intoxicated, you will either be a big ball of emotions and “love” or you will be mean and nasty, just add alcohol and you can turn the nicest person into a monster, hence therefore “Devil in a bottle”
I love their “Drink responsibly” warnings, that is so funny, lose all inhibitions, have heightened carnal instincts and yeah, that’s going to lead to responsible behavior, I am sure.

But “social” drinking has become so popular that the lines on it have also blurred even among Christians, but as we know again, God’s word does not change and every single word he has given us is FOR OUR BENEFIT, to prevent harm to us, so let’s check on the Bible’s take on the subject.

Proverbs 20:1 : “Wine IS a mocker, strong (intoxicating) drink is raging (arouses):
and whosever IS DECEIVED thereby IS NOT WISE.

Isaiah 5:11: WOE unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong (intoxicating) drink; that consume until night, till wine inflame them!

Proverbs 23:29-35: Who hath (has) woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions?
who hath babblings (complaints)? who hath WOUNDS WITHOUT CAUSE? who hath redness of eyes?
THEY THAT TARRY (LINGER) LONG AT THE WINE; they that go to seek mixed wine
Look not upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup ( when it sparkles),when it moveth itself aright (goes smoothly)
At THE LAST IT BITETH LIKE A SERPENT, AND STINGETH LIKE AN ADDER ( VIPER)
Thine eyes shall behold strange women (see strange things), and thine heart SHALL UTTER PERVERSE THINGS
Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth
upon the top of a mast
They have stricken (struck) me, thou shalt say, and I was not sick (hurt); THEY HAVE BEATEN ME, AND I FELT IT NOT; when shall I awake? I WILL SEEK IT AGAIN (HAVE ANOTHER DRINK)”
You will notice the description of the seductive sparkling of the drink, warning us to not even look at it and though it beats and wounds, it’s effects are not realized because now the seduction is complete and it has gained control and once it has control, all self control is lost.

Habakkuk 2:15 : Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that putteth the bottle to him, ( persuades someone to drink) and MAKETH HIM DRUNKEN ALSO, THAT THOU MAYEST LOOK UPON THEIR NAKEDNESS.

Oldest trick in the book and many women have been it’s victim, so remember IT DOES NOT matter whatsoever what a commercial promotes or what society says you should indulge in, without decorum and dignity you are no lady.
God created women to be beautiful and to feel beautiful, but beautiful IN HIM and you will never find that OR self respect at the bottom of a bottle.
Any girl can grow up to be a woman, but not all women grow to be ladies
I’ll close it with this, what you NEVER wanna be:
Proverbs 11:22 : AS A JEWEL OF GOLD IN A SWINE’S SNOUT (PIG’S NOSE) IS A FAIR
(BEAUTIFUL)  WOMAN WHICH IS WITHOUT DISCRETION (WHO LACKS TASTE).
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FOUNDATIONS

To continue with being on guard in these last days when it can nearly impossible to distinguish the true gold from the fools gold we have to keep constant check our foundations to keep them strong and to quickly seal any potential cracks and repair damage that may have already occurred.
We also have to make certain that our foundation is our own, and certain that it is the Lord’s building plan because others may have thoughts on how we should build and we may actually want to model our building similar to theirs but as stated by Psalm 127:1:
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: Except the Lord
keep (guards) the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”
                           ROMANS 15:20:
 “Yea, so have I strived (aimed) to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I build on another man’s foundation:”
He carefully pointed out there that he was going where Christ had not been preached.
God is all about new and he likes doing new things that is why we have to be careful not to dismiss gentle tugs on our hearts to step out into a work that may seem strange or even impossible to others.
God will raise up one for a job and another completely opposite in everyway for another job, that is why we are workers together.
 He uses those personality and background differences as part of each very different design.
And we will not stand unless he builds us and we can never stand on another’s foundation.

                1    CORINTHIANS 3:6-15 :
 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God giveth the increase.
Now he that plantenth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
For WE ARE labourers  TOGETHER WITH GOD: Ye ARE God’s husbandry (field) YE ARE GOD’S BUILDING.
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon, But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereon.
For other foundation CAN NO MAN LAY than that which is laid, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST.
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be REVEALED BY FIRE; AND THE FIRE SHALL TRY (TEST) EVERY MAN’S WORK OF WHAT SORT IT IS.
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereon, he shall receive a reward.
If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so by (through) fire.

                2 CORINTHIANS 10:12-18
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: But they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise.
But we will not boast of things without (beyond) our measure, but according to the measure of the rule (province) which God hath distributed (apportioned) to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you; for we come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ.
Not boasting of things without our measure, that IS, of other men’s labours;  but having hope, when you faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly.
To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in  another man’s line of things made ready for our hand.
But he that glorieth, LET HIM GLORY IN THE LORD.
FOR NOT HE THAT COMMENDETH HIMSELF IS APPROVED, BUT WHO THE LORD COMMENDETH.”

So now the foundation of God’s goodness:
PSALM 89:14:  Justice (righteousness) and judgment are the habitation (foundation) of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.”
Finally, to repair, strengthen, and seal our foundation:
              2 TIMOTHY 2: 15,16,19,21-26 
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
But shun profane and vain babblings (worthless talk) for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
If a man therefore purge (cleanse) himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet (useful) for the master’s use and prepared unto every good work.
Flee also youthful lusts: but FOLLOW righteousness, faith, charity (love), peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
But foolish and unlearned questions ( people arguing what they do not understand) avoid knowing that they gender (generate) strife.
And the servant of the Lord, must not strive (quarrel); but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
In meekness instructing (correcting) those that oppose ( are in opposition to) themselves; IF PREADVENTURE (PERHAPS) GOD WILL GIVE THEM REPENTENCE TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.
And that they may recover themselves (come to their senses) out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will (to do his will).
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GROOVY GURU’S AND GOOEY GUMDROPS

Just a thought or two, to follow through with EN GARDE, just in case you were ambushed by a swordsman that was not quite all there up there, as far as sound doctrinal teachings go.
We all know the real battle is not always against the forces of darkness, the biggest battle is against the unsound, self pleasing, fleshing loving teachings of the ultra- modern, all grace- no repentance necessary crew.
Heavily armored with their sleek and chic groovy leaders, mega preachers who tweak the King James to provide their own point of view on what that scripture really means, producing Bishop I. Sure do Love-cash’s personal daily devotional bible and the revelation God(?) gave them for free, can now be yours for seventy nine ninety-five.
And you can bet that new “inspired” word will give you lots of lifestyle options, oh, my bad, forgot my politically correctitude, I mean “lifestyle choices”, right? 
Dripping with gooey gumdrops of inspiration, one hundred percent free of the “rigors of being chained down by the commandments”.
 Wanna leave your spouse and children for your old sweetheart?
Have at it!
Don’t even like your wife anymore, think you may actually be into dudes?
Well, have a go at that too! 
That is not a problem, YOU were meant to be happy!
Because the groovy gurus want your flesh to be well cared for so their pockets will be full!
Want a new car? Instead of taking that extra hundred bucks and secretly giving it to someone who is struggling, SOW IT TO THEIR MINISTRY, get a return on that money, and get that new car!
After all, YOU work hard, YOU deserve it!
Forget the elderly lady next door who goes to bed hungry, or a family that has suffered a layoff that may be struggling or the single mom who decides between feeding her kids and feeding herself.
NO! That televangelist REALLY NEEDS a new suit and manicure. (without it the rest of the kiddies may make fun)
How do we resist the hypnotic, charismatic charm that so easily tries to sway us from true doctrine?
For Paul’s take on this, let’s go to the WORD, shall we?

2 CORINTHIANS 11:3-6, 13-15: But I fear lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled (deceived) Eve THROUGH HIS SUBTILITY (CRAFTINESS), so your MINDS should BE CORRUPTED from the simplicity that IS CHRIST.
For if he that cometh PREACHING ANOTHER JESUS, whom we have NOT preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or ANOTHER (different) GOSPEL, which ye have not , ye might well bear with him.
For I suppose (consider) I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostle (at all inferior to them).
But though I be rude (untrained) in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have thoroughly made manifest among you in all things.
FOR SUCH (these) ARE FALSE APOSTLES, DECEITFUL WORKERS, transforming themselves INTO the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel (no surprise): FOR SATAN HIMSELF CAN TRANSFORM INTO AN ANGEL OF LIGHT.
Therefore IT IS NO GREAT THING if HIS MINISTERS ALSO BE TRANSFORMED AS MINISTERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS; whose END shall be according to THEIR WORKS.

GALATIANS 1:8 ” BUT though WE, or AN ANGEL from heaven, PREACH ANY OTHER GOSPEL unto you THAN THAT WHICH WE HAVE PREACHED UNTO YOU, LET HIM BE ACCURSED.
Guard your Mind:
PHILIPIANS 3:15-20: Let us therefore, as many as be perfect (mature) be thus minded; and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Nevertheless, whereunto we have already attained (the point we are in our walk) let us WALK by the SAME RULE, let us mind the same thing ( be of the same mind).
Brethren, be followers together of me ( join me in following my example), and mark (note) them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample ( pattern).
(For MANY WALK, OF WHICH I HAVE TOLD YOU OFTEN, AND NOW TELL YOU EVEN WEEPING, THAT THEY ARE ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST.)
JAMES 4:4 : Ye adulterers and adulteresses, {notice the reference to sexual immorality} know ye not (do you not know) that THE FRIENDSHIP OF THE WORLD IS ENEMITY WITH GOD? whosoever therefore WILL BE A FRIEND OF THE WORLD IS THE ENEMY OF GOD.”

ROMANS 12:2: And be ye NOT CONFORMED to THIS WORLD: but be YE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that ye may prove WHAT IS THAT GOOD, AND ACCEPTABLE, AND PERFECT, WILL OF GOD.

James 1:27: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father IS THIS, TO VISIT THE FATHERLESS and WIDOWS IN THEIR AFFLICTION, and to keep himself UNSPOTTED FROM THE WORLD.
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"EN GARDE !!!"

“Aha Peasant, EN GARDE!” the command shouted for one of several reasons, maybe a random sword welding D’Artagan wannabe has just pounced out from behind an innocent looking bush and challenged you to a duel or maybe your being gently warned to be on your guard.
I am taking for granted that you who are reading this are nowhere near any bushes so we’ll go with the latter.
I’ve been noticing something for a long time now and it is not the easiest subject to bring up but it needs addressed.
Churches and Christians as a whole have become a wee lax in the area of respect to the Holiness.
This is not aimed at any one person and if we go to church together, please, please, don’t think that!
Movies, and the media have for a long while made fun of us and of God.
The onslaught of the white bottomed candy coats with their ever-increasing need to market Jesus as the cool, hip, and never offended by what YOU may do God of  ALL YOUR FLESHLY DESIRES have produced an array of off colored jokes, and Christianity related acronyms that seem to find their way printed on everything that makes one wonder are they referring to a Deity or are they selling laundry detergent.
Tacky, questionable off-color jokes and even more tasteless greeting cards with everything from the Ark to Wise Men.
Little animal and snowmen, and anything else you can imagine Nativity figurines now widely available.
(Still pretty sure he was born as a man!)
In it all, what bothers me most is the jokes about Pentecostals and the never-ending parade of “Cool Jesus” picture posts and “religious” memes and the never-ending saga of share to be blessed with twenty thousand dollars.
Again I am not being harpy, I have struggled with trying to tell people who maybe they really need to THINK about WHAT THEY ARE SAYING AND WHAT THEY ARE LAUGHING ABOUT and I have to keep MYSELF on guard.
My Mother told me that she prays especially for forgiveness for sins that she may never have realized that she committed.
Because as she said, something we may not even think is a problem could be absolutely vile to God, and that is true.
We have accepted all this and you can share to be blessed, but share your time, your heart, or an uplifting thought or scripture.
God is Holy, The Holy Ghost the most Holy of Holiness and think about it, Moses was commanded to take his shoes off because THE VERY GROUND was sacred, if one wrong move was made toward the Ark someone was going to die, dishonor the Sabbath, someone was going to die and on and on through the Bible and falling at feet of the Lord out of absolute respect and awe of His majesty.
We have let it sneak in slowly and it has to be dealt with before it defiles our temples and alienates our minds to the true Gospel.
Jesus is not groovy, He’s not your hip buddy.
He is Holy and is to be only addressed with adoration and consummate respect.
 He is our friend and our Savior but we have to not let that line blur and if we want cool and hip we might need to look up Michael Buble because God doesn’t play that.
Again I do not believe it is intentional, I think it has come through by the world seeping in on us, because we have let down our guard.
See it for what it is and who is behind it and get the rollers under and put it out of your life and walk away from those who try to drag it back to you.
EPHESIANS 5:4: “Neither filthiness, nor FOOLISH TALKING, nor JESTING (coarse jesting, crude or off-color jokes) ARE NOT CONVENIENT (do not become Christian conduct or Christ like behavior) But rather give thanks.
I personally believe God has a fabulous sense of humor and “laughter is merry medicine”, but it has to be in the right context, instead of pleasing the flesh with bad humor use that same voice to give him honor and praise.


PHILIPPIANS 4:7 :And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, SHALL KEEP (GUARD) YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.”
His peace will keep your hearts and mind alert to these insidious little cracks in the flesh but you must stay aware of them.
So EN GARDE! And I am totally not hiding behind a bush!
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"GO FOR THE GOLD BUT PLEASE, HOLD THE JADE"

Ah, Jaded. What a lovely word, normally a beautiful stone used to adorn beautiful things. but in the right context, not quite so lovely on us.
We are to press toward the mark, to earn the crown of righteousness to one day lay at the Master’s feet, beautiful I am sure, pure gold just like His word and His truth that refines our souls purer than the purest of all gold.
But if that crown happens to be embellished with a little jade, what’s it going to hurt?
Well what was to be made of precious metal will now consist of hardened stone.
What should have shone with heavenly brilliance and reflected the Fathers light will now dull and now have an odd color and an indifferent feel.
That crown will be inferior and will tarnish and once that happens it will never be presentable before a King.
All that work, all that heartache, tears,and sacrifices, whatever had been involved in winning that crown will now be useless and disallowed and burned with the stubble in the fire in which all things must be burned away in that purification process of the soul.
So what causes us to go from that ecstatically exuberant joy that we are bathed in the day of our salvation to the “j” word over the course of that salvation?
I have pondered it, in myself and in others and I have come up with a couple of reasons.
In my circle our favorite subject is “Christendom of Yore” I know that they had problems, I know they had battles, and that females were to sit quietly and express no thoughts or opinions, to which I am thankful to be in the present day or otherwise my heart would explode!


Jaded: Deadened, injured, weary, tired, apathetic, blunted, blasé (indifferent or unimpressed) dispassionate, half hearted. Remember apathetic.
So how does our beautiful golden crowns become inlaid with flat, dulled jade?


#1 Fatigued, battle weary
We are in or nearing, in my belief, “the wearing out of the Saints” it seems no matter who they are, rich, poor, married or single that Christians are being constantly bombarded with a steady stream of attacks from the enemy unlike ever before.
Usually people would face one battle at a time but now it seems many fight multi battles on different levels and I am reminded of Nehemiah 4:17: “They which builded on the wall, and they which bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work (working) AND WITH THE OTHER HAND HELD A WEAPON.”
Trying to “work” on our building for the Lord, and whatever he has called us to do being carefully on guard against attacks at all time, never a moment to rest, never a moment of ease by not having to look over our shoulders because this work must be done and many want it to cease.


#2 Blasé and unimpressed 
 “Heard it, believed it, didn’t happen, not buying it again”
I want to be very, very careful how I say this, but one huge problem running amok over the last few years is “Believe it, receive it, Doubt it and do without it” I am ALL for faith, and I know what scripture teaches on believing for what we do not see, but miracles and healings are in a special, special league all their own.
Miracles are instantaneous and the moment that you are healed you know and there has been such a free for all of proclaiming healings over people and “feeling” like the “Lord is saying” that some teach that all you have to do is proclaim it and “believe” (which is actually different from faith, belief is in your heart and faith is knowing come what may He is God and He is sovereign) and when people are hurting, love ones are dying and they are told this and someone actually proclaims that they are healed then they die and the bewildered family are told they just did not have the faith or that they received the ultimate healing.
And no one admits to maybe having misspoke or trying to pray “in faith”, often people want to reach out to others but in this area it is best to pray the Lord’s prayer, “deliver them”.
( I do understand that Paul perceived that the man had faith to be healed BUT Paul was filled with the HOLY GHOST, he KNEW when the anointing came that GOD would grant his request FOR THE GLORY TO THE LORD, not so he could win preacher of the year!) 
BUT NO,NO,NO, NO! When they have believed based one what they were told by Christians that they trusted and if it DOES NOT happen, this leads to apathy and causing them to lose more faith than what would have been lost if they had known the truth, this has caused many to leave church completely.
But IF GOD truly says it, it will come to pass.
#3 Apathetic and Blunted:
“They don’t care, why should I?”
The beginning of the journey all fired up, feeding off on another’s anointing, iron sharpening iron, the spirit bearing witness.
Now that is good, but when things start to change and the one you once loved to listen starts coming against you for whatever reason, what was once a beautiful flow will become a dangerous hindrance in the spirit world.
Two swordsmen fighting each other with equally dangerous weapons and that unspoken carnage will spill over onto the entire congregation.
And the swordsmen are prime to have the Lord to take both their swords. 
And that once sharp iron will become dull and blunt rendering it absolutely ineffective against the enemy.
That apathetic “blah, blah, blah” attitude will breed into so much more than a covering of jade.
When this hit me, I knew the meaning of jaded, I wanted a clearer list and broader understanding and as I kept defining meanings, two fascinating words appeared,
stemming FROM the jaded definition of apathetic, LUKEWARM and LAODICEAN.
Yeah, and we all know what that means, so all these things left unchecked will lead to being lukewarm and we also know that is the condition in which Jesus said he will spue us out.
So how do we clean that jade off before it takes hold of the gold?
Renewing, renewing and renewing  our minds, “let this mind which is in Christ Jesus be in you also” renewing our minds through scripture back into the word of God. Reminding ourselves repeatedly of every single promise that we have been given.
As Nehemiah prayed that God would “strengthen the work” of his hands so must we.
He will never allow us to break, when we are weary, it is His right hand that holds us up, when our heads are bowed in discouragement it is His left hand that lifts our face.
When we desperately, desperately need a word to hang onto or a glimmer of hope, remember “What time that I am afraid I will trust in thee” and that He will be with us “even unto the end of the world” and sometimes that can be when we feel that our world is ending, but He will never leave us.
Remember our first love and “remember thy love more than wine” and know that even though we don’t always feel it, the only approval we need is His.
 No one can zap us into heaven and no one can deny us heaven if we don’t let them, no matter who has hurt us it is still up to us to “work out” our “own salvation” if that means finding another church, then do it because God is not the author of confusion.
Forgive those that have hurt you, just let it go and go on and don’t even try to understand it, God doesn’t want us to waste time over analyzing and ever analyzing what went wrong yesterday, because He already knows what tomorrow will bring.
I have found in my own life that every painful path that I have had to walk down led me to a more beautiful place and at the end of that road I may not have liked the circumstances that lead me there but I have always been thankful for the journey because of the  blessings in that valley that He has given me and I know that I would never received that on a mountain top.
Sharpen that sword and  get that crown polished because no matter how tired, how weary, lethargic or depressed you may feel, you’ve been furnace fired to be pure gold and that jade is just never gonna look good on you!
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