"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!
Φλογίζω/All rights reserved/ NBJ 2015

 


Dear Christians Anonymous:

I just wanted to take this time to  thank you guys for being so kind as to republish my posts without my knowledge or consent. Had you asked I could have made a few suggestions that would be much more beneficial for your reading needs!

I also enjoyed the fact that you also posted the “Shout Out” post by “History with Brandon” which contains live links to other blog sites.

Quite interesting, Alcoholics Anonymous is a self-help group for people who have a very real addiction to a very real substance.

Narcotics Anonymous is another self-help group for people who have yet again, a very real addiction to very real substances.

So I suppose that since you feel the need to surround yourselves with Christian works from across the board, and yet, protest with your slogan, your belief in God, but since the other two are real, obviously HE IS ALSO!

So why do you hate God? Did you grow up with bad examples of Christianity? Did you pray for something that you felt like he did not answer you or that he abandoned you?

You know trying to mock and ridicule others for having a relationship that you obviously desire is not really promoting your beliefs.

IT IS BULLYING, and republishing posts without consent in hope of making others look in your opinion foolish and uneducated is the worst type of bullying, especially for adults!

Maybe you could change the name to “UNBELIEVERS ANONYMOUS” OR “ANGRY BECAUSE I THINK GOD DOESN’T LOVE ME THE WAY I FEEL I DESERVE ANONYMOUS” But man, the Christian thing just leads people to believe that you are a closet Christian and are trying to fight the addiction!

But in the meantime, you laugh, make fun, do whatever makes you feel better about you at the expense of others.

AS for me I LOVE JESUS! I AM ADDICTED TO JESUS!

Not because I was taught to believe that, I DID NOT GROW UP IN CHURCH and as far as all the other little problems you can use to try to disprove his existence, WELL, welcome to the club! WE HAVE ALL HAD PROBLEMS!

Not all of us choose to use them as an excuse to bully other people.

NO I AM ADDICTED TO JESUS BECAUSE I KNOW JESUS! And I think that may be your problem, you can’t stand others to have something you can’t understand. SO if YOU can’t understand it, then it must just not be real? HUM?

But hopefully my hijacked posts will get some hits!!!

um, yeah, by the way, three points:

#1.Jesus Christ is Lord!

#2.The gates of hell shall never prevail!

#3.ONLY A FOOL SAYS IN HIS HEART THAT THERE IS NO GOD!

Since you like posting the word, those are some good ones, straight from the book!

Toby Mac has a great new song “Feel it” you guys should really post that! 

Φλογίζω/ALL RIGHTS RESERVED (AS IF) NBJ/2015

GUNNIN’ FOR GOMORRAH / Part 1

“Who changed (EXCHANGED) the truth of God into a lie (for the lie),and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  
                          Romans 1:25
Oh My, where do I start? Where are the Walton’s and Little House on the Prairie”? What happened to love thy neighbor and “together we will stand”?
We now have such a hodgepodge of freak show culture that is no real shock that when God gave Daniel the vision of the latter days, his knees went out from under him.
How could this man from that time period, even with the senseless violence and torture he had seen, mentally digest what the future held?
“And the vision was of the evening and the morning which was told is TRUE: wherefore shut (seal) thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days (refers to many days in the future)
And I Daniel FAINTED, and  WAS SICK certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; And I was ASTONISHED at the vision, but none understood it.”
                          Daniel 8:26,27
Once God allowed my spirit to feel the revelation of the anguish of several of the scriptures of Daniel, I wept also, as I often weep, I weep for this world, I weep for their arrogance, I weep for their pride, I weep for their blindness as they continue to laugh, and mock, and stubbornly, viciously contend they do not to be saved by him, in whom they do not believe.
I weep because I know, I know the absolute carnage that will rain down on this earth, the plagues mirroring what he laid down on Egypt, only this time it will cover the entire earth because he will have removed his people exclusively for this purpose.
But there is yet a more grave concern, Mystery Babylon the Great and what shall become of her.
Oh America, America, What have you done?
You have traded your protection of heavenly grace for a covering of  filth, abominations and blood.
What did Daniel see? He saw the depravity, he saw the filth, he saw sexual immorality that defied anything he could have possibly imagine. He saw men with men, women with women, He saw people having their genders surgically altered and in doing so becoming national heroes. He saw people literally dying to have their bottoms surgically enhanced in seedy motel rooms while caring absolutely nothing for their souls. He saw babies being slaughtered as form of birth control. He saw humans beings kidnapped and sold to the highest bidder to be used for sex. He saw parents so stoned that they could not even hear or even care about their children’s cries. He saw children sacrificed to the devil through schools and false teaching, and absolute ungodliness.
He saw nations, people’s, and tongues filled with such hate toward the one true God that they will hunt down and kill all who worship them.
But the clincher, what drained his body of every ounce of strength was this, He saw not only the rebellion against God but the audacity of some to profess him when in actuality they are those “who crept in unawares” and he saw the perverted, twisting of the future “church”.
God is merciful, He is gentle and very, very forgiving BUT he has one big line that no one is to cross, those claiming HIS NAME and live for the kingdom of hell!
Such as the prominent Pastor and his “guy-wife” who also adopted a baby saying that it was God’s will for them to raise this child, the article also stated that they took communion at their first “wedding” and won praise as one of the ten most inspiring families.
Once it hit buildings professing to be “churches” that line crossed and not only have we crossed it we have run gunnin for it, as a nation we strive to see who wins the prize of most shocking, most raunchy, and outrageous while screaming there is no God.
And we wonder why our enemies are at our doorstep? Why the economy crashed, why there are school shootings, and every disease and trouble imaginable.
It is because he is taking his hand off, and just as Queen Babylon so full of sickening pride touted in Revelation that she sits high and “is no widow” and shall not see sorrow, the day fast approaches that the “queen” would only dream to be even a beggar’s daughter.
As we as a culture emulate to become that sin infested sewage pit, our spiritual sister Gomorrah, we gladly convince ourselves we are right, we are ever so careful to prove we are different, we are only respecting the rights of others to be who they really are and embracing them with love.
Not only has the spirit of  Sodom and Gomorrah taken possession of our land, we have welcomed it, fulfilling every word spoken by the prophets.
The line has been crossed, there is no turning back now…
“As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE: THERE IS NONE THAT UNDERSTANDETH,THERE IS NONE THAT SEEKETH AFTER GOD.THEY ARE ALL GONE OUT OF THE WAY, THEY ARE TOGETHER BECOME UNPROFITABLE; THERE IS NONE THAT DOETH GOOD, NO, NOT A ONE. THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN SEPULCURE(GRAVE) WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY HAVE USED DECEIT; THE POISON OF ASPS (SNAKES) IS UNDER THEIR LIPS:
WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS: THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD: DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR WAYS: AND THE WAY OF PEACE HAVE THEY NOT KNOWN: THERE IS NO FEAR (RESPECT) OF GOD IN THEM.”
                     Romans 3:10-18
Repent for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand
Join me next time for part two, “MS MYSTERY”.

08/10/2015*****AUTHORS NOTE: PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF YOU ARE VIEWING THIS ON ANY SITE OTHER THAN MY PERSONAL SITE THAT IT HAS BEEN REPUBLISHED WITHOUT MY PERMISSION! FINAL WORD” JESUS CHRIST IS LORD AND “ONLY A FOOL SAYS IN HIS HEART THAT THERE IS NO GOD!”
Φλογιζω/  All rights reserved. NBJ 2015

OF MADMEN, MARTYRS AND MAIDS/ PART1

Now that we are all awake, where’s the fire? Man, that’s a good question, especially when you consider scriptures such as “For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:29
“Who maketh his angels spirits and his ministers (servants) a flaming  fire.” Psalm 104:4
The fire Jesus refers to when he said “I know thy works that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:15,16
Lukewarm Christianity  is like lukewarm anything.
It is a spineless, gutless attempt to lay claim to a massive inheritance of untold worth while denying the very one it is handed down by.
That is why the Lord tells them without question that he knows their works, and he wants to give him their all or give him nothing but don’t try to play the middle.
Today we have become so worried about offending people and being politically correct, that we will choke back anything while the true church is ran into the ground.
The prophet Jeremiah also went through this in his time.

“For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the Lord was made a reproach unto me, and a derision daily, Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak anymore in his name. But his word was  in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing and could not stay.”
                                 Jeremiah 20:8,9
Jeremiah had absolutely the worst job in the Bible, he is often referred to as “the Prophet of doom”.
It was his job to proclaim the forthcoming judgment on his own people, the very people who instead of heeding his warnings would ridicule him, even to the point that he would have rather not have been born as to have to carry out this task.
But the fire of God and the holy calling on him, that had been placed on him before he had been formed in his mother’s womb, was so strong and burned so deep that it could not be contained and it prevailed.
God wants to use some people in these last days that are wiling to just let Him burn in them and do the work his has created them for.
People like Martin Luther who took on the entire church of his day, because a fellow named Tetzel had cooked up quite a money-making scheme,  enough money to help build Saint Peter’s Cathedral, by selling what he called “indulgences”.
A get out of purgatory free certificate, ( purgatory being the Catholics belief in pre-hell, a place we know does not exist, because the rich man in the story of Lazarus had lifted up his eyes in hell) Luther being disgusted and knowing for himself the truth of God nailed his understanding of that truth to the church door.
John Brown, who finally became so tired of the injustice done to the slaves that he started his own movement, which regrettably became violent, bloody and cost lives.
One of the last photos taken of him before his execution, tells all there is to tell, as a small, black child hugs him as they lead him away to his hanging.
When he had been asked how he justified what he had done, this was his reply “Upon the golden rule. I pity the poor in bondage that have none to help them, that is why I am here, not to gratify any personal animosity, revenge or vindictive spirit. It is my sympathy with the oppressed and wronged that are as good as you and are as precious in the sight of God.”
Luther suffered excommunication and the threat of death but took his cause forward.
Brown paid with his life, I am sure he never wanted to see any lives lost, but I am equally as sure that the hug he received before going to his death was worth it all because he knew he had lived for something other than himself.
Two very different men, both having a common fire, burning for truth, justice and to see others truly free. That fire could be contained. Nor should it today, pray for that fire.
If one voice can affect the entire world, what can we accomplish with our voices collectively speaking as one?

Original Post: 12/20/2013. All rights reserved. Rev. Nina BrownJohsnon  2015

WHITER THAN SNOW

  Now that we’ve admitted that not very many can lay claim to the titles of “Patty Purity” or “Captain Celibate” and in reality it would be more along the lines of ” A Randy Dandy” or “Backstreet Barbie” but there is hope, so much hope!
The moment that we realize our sins, mistakes and failures, when true conviction comes and suddenly our minds and spirits are faced with the realization of what miserable creatures we really are. Once that takes hold, real change soon follows and the brain damage due to “sin”trifugal force of this world is both reversible and completely curable.
But it requires a most awesome physician, Jesus is that physician. He heals mind, spirit, body, and soul.
He is the great potter, taking the old, marred and cracked vessels, gently re-firing them and shapes that lifeless, lump of clay into a beautiful, new creation that doesn’t even resemble the broken mess it once was.
A vessel strong and new that can now hold the goodness of his spirit and also has the strength to withstand the wear and tear of this world.
He takes minds that were completely broken and renews them to such clarity that his very mind can now be in us.
He takes all the shame, guilt and pain, and he casts it into his sea of forgetfulness, never again to be remembered by him.
As he flung the stars into the sky at creation, he flings all those sins as far as the east is to the west.
“COME NOW, AND LET US REASON TOGETHER, SAITH THE LORD; THOUGH YOUR SINS BE AS SCARLET, THEY SHALL BE AS WHITE AS SNOW; THOUGH THEY BE RED LIKE CRIMSON, THEY SHALL BE AS WOOL.” Isaiah 1:18
He doesn’t care where you have been, that is why he died for us. He knew our sins would be worthy of a price that we could not afford to pay. He only cares about where you are going and wants to help you every step of the way, His promises are “Yes” and “Amen”. He has never been up there with a chalkboard, keeping score, just waiting to send you to hell and he will do everything within his power  to keep you from going there. BUT WE HAVE TO ACCEPT HIM.
Most make their fatal mistake in believing the lie that Satan tells them, that they have gone too far that God would never accept them now or that they have to be able to change themselves.
Number one, if a person had gone too far to be saved,(there is only one way this can happen) then conviction, or a conscious knowledge of the need for salvation would never enter their mind!
Number two, WE CAN NEVER, NEVER, EVER CHANGE OURSELVES! So put that to rest right away. That is why we must be washed in the blood of the Lamb, He changes us!
You will not even think the same or have the desires you once had. He allows us to be able to live a life holy and pleasing to him through the indwelling of his Holy Spirit, which leads us and guides, gently nudging us in our spirit as to what we should do and most importantly what not to do.
Think of  “Rahab, the Harlot” her name being referenced in many sermons, she is actually referred to in the Bible as “The Harlot” but because of her kindness to the servants of God and her desire to repent, the Lord saved her and her family while everyone else there were destroyed.
Mary Magdalene, whom Jesus cast seven demons out of went on follow him faithfully, never looking back but pressing forward and she was the first that he appeared to upon resurrection.
And how can we forget our favorite trip junkie Samson, who after a lifetime of running wild and doing his own thing, finally, this great warrior of God, saw the light.
God never belittled any of these or countless others, who were as prodigal sons and daughters that once they realized they were wallowing with pigs, they longed for home and the Father eagerly welcomed them back in.
He cleansed them, healed them, answered their prayers and never once put the burden of their sin on their own shoulders, now that is why he gave his life.
Their secret, they confessed their sin asked for forgiveness and never looked back.
Remember, you never have to tell a church house full of people your darkest secrets, and you certainly are not required to tell it to any man, you are only required to ask Jesus, and Jesus alone to forgive you of your sins.
So whatever you’ve been through, leave it right there, get yourself to the cross and let his precious holy blood wash you whiter than snow.
Original Post Date:11/29/2014. All rights reserved.  Φλογίζω/ Nina BrownJohnson 2015

DEMONS, THE DEVIL AND THE DECEIVED/ PART 1 FALLEN

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, WHICH DECEIVETH THE WHOLE WORLD: he was cast out INTO THE EARTH, AND HIS ANGELS WERE CAST OUT WITH HIM.” Revelation 12:7-9
Demons, the fallen angels, whom so many in this world are so much more than thrilled to run after,entire cult religions exist to give them praise.
Hollywood can’t produce movies fast enough to glorify them, and deceived people flock to watch, never realizing what is behind that door they open.
They are real. As real as we are, actually more so. They are eternal and have no internal conflicts as to who they are.
They are evil in its purest or should I say most impure form .
They have one agenda and one agenda only, to do the work of their master.
They have interacted with humans since they were kicked out of heaven. “There were giants (fallen ones) in the earth in those days; and ALSO AFTER THAT, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and THEY BARE CHILDREN TO THEM , the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” Genesis 6:4
This is a disturbing description of just how far Satan went to sow in his perverse seed. As Jesus told us the parable of the wheat and the tares that are allowed to grow together until separation during the great harvest.
These are the ancestors of Goliath and the giants, bearing a genetic oddity, (that I will not get into at the moment) being one of the markings of this people and the most prominent proof of their lineage being their immense cruelty.
The one who profess Satan also have what the consider sacred days, which falls dead on all hallows eve better known as Halloween. It’s roots go back to the sixteenth century,but we know how far it really goes, don’t we?
Rooted in all demonic superstitions and appeasement of demonic beings, right down to the god ol’ carved pumpkin, and if you knew what that involved you would want no part of it.
Bear all this in mind, physics, (THOSE WHO ARE POSSESSED WITH A SPIRIT OF DIVINATION, ( Acts 16: 16) notice that they are not “gifted”, THEY ARE POSSESSED BY A DEMONIC SPIRIT! So many think they can confess Christ and yet fool with this junk!
Horoscopes, card reading, palm reading, all the movies and all the music it is NOT entertainment!
Humans will follow blindly after anything they think will give them some sort of special knowledge. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS GOOD WITCHCRAFT OR WHITE MAGIC! IT IS ALL EVIL AND ONES THAT KEEP MESSING WITH WILL FIND THAT OUT WHEN ONE DAY THEY LIFT UP THEIR EYES IN HELL!
It is all demonic and all the” secrets” they reveal to people about their late loved ones is demonic and lies.
The Bible never says these things are not real, but  that they come from Satan, and if you really believe you are dealing with anyone other than him YOU ARE DELUSIONAL AND HE KNOWS HE IS GOING TO HELL AND WANTS NOTHING MORE THAN TO TAKE YOU WITH HIM! Anyone that what’s to pretend that they are a minister of God and tell others these things are okay to do, I will tell you and be glad to tell them to their face they are an absolute liar, and the truth is not in them. Jesus said, they do the work of their Father the devil, and you now have been warned to not partake of the things.
“And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto him that hath familiar spirits (physic’s) and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: IF THEY SPEAK NOT ACCORDING TO THIS WORD, IT IS BECAUSE THERE IS NO LIGHT IN THEM.” Isaiah 9:19-20
What he is saying here is simple, just because the world says it’s acceptable that does not mean we should. God wants us to seek him for our answers, not the dead. The are just that, they are dead and demons are responsible for any communication that is uttered on their behalf.
You are seeking advice and guidance from the very ones who are responsible for all murders, school shootings, lying, cheating, rampant sexual culture, all forms of abuse, self-destruction,and self-mutilation (cutting) can be traced back to the man referred to as Legion, who had been possessed by thousands of demons (Mark 5:5) They are responsible for it all!
We should never associate with or encourage any interaction with them, only Jesus and Jesus alone can defeat them. It is truly horrifying that groups of people go about supposedly ridding others homes of them, you can almost hear the devil laughing at just how deceived he has them.
The book of Acts tells us about a group of guys, who decided that since the disciples were casting out demons that to make a good show they would do it too. Bad idea getting ready to get a little worse. Acts 19:13,15,16 “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists TOOK UPON them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus
whom Paul preacheth. And the EVIL SPIRIT ANSWERED AND SAID, JESUS I KNOW, PAUL I KNOW; BUT WHO ARE YE?
And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, AND PREVAILED against them, SO THAT THE FLED OUT OF THAT HOUSE NAKED AND WOUNDED.”
You cannot pray the name of whom you do not know. And even when we do know him, then it is nothing of us, it is the power of the Holy Ghost that removes them.
They were “Torn up from the floor up”. The late Pastor Wayne Scott pointed out years ago, while preaching for believers not to fear them, the good news in this story is that it did not possess them, so demons can’t just stop by and take over your soul. They have to have an entrance.
Certain people I believe have an ancestral background that promotes having problems with them, but the majority of it comes from opening doors, such as watching horror movies and dabbling in things that should be left alone, and even the influence of the wrong friends and relationships.
Be careful what you have in your home, keep only items that honor God, be careful of items that were owned by unpleasant people or you have no idea of their origin. Some would scoff at this but stolen accursed items caused trouble for all Israel until they were discovered and the camp was cleansed of them and the person responsible for bringing them in. The items had been forbidden by the Lord because they had belonged to pagans and when Achan stole them, they now became doubly cursed through the attachment of the sin of theft. (Joshua 7)
Translation, no matter how much you loved your late, great-uncle keeping his favorite goat headed, triple six tee-shirt as a keepsake is really not going to add to the spiritual harmony of your of your home.
Think of it this way, would you really want Charles Manson’s prized possession blue jeans hanging the back of your closet?
Spiritually it does matter, when believers prayer over prayer cloths, the faith, love goodness of God’s anointing is transferred into that tiny little piece of fabric, you do not want the opposite of that anywhere near you!
Please remember, there are very few ministers even gifted in the area of dealing with the demonic and once those doors are open the outcome will truly be horrific. Refrain from the acknowledgement of the occult or any of its practices, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
In the spirit world, nothing is minor. It all has power, and that power either belongs to God or to Satan. There is no middle ground and humans are powerless against either.
We are protected only by the indwelling of the Holy spirit and his shield over us. Which does not guarantee immunity but they can never overtake us.
So “give no place to the devil” and the best news of all, “thou believest in one God; Thou doest well: THE DEVILS ALSO BELIEVE, AND TREMBLE” James 2:19
Original post date:10/10/2014.      Φλογιζω/  All rights reserved. Reverend Nina BrownJohnson 2015

COUNTING WRONG

My favorite all time quote is from Ronald Reagan in response to Muammar Qaddafi’s far out plans of taking on America, “He counted on America to be passive and he counted wrong”. This was inadvertently brought back to mind last night.
It is par for the course over the last few weeks and it seemed perfect for today’s topic.
The enemy, and sometimes other people seem to believe they can put you in, what is their perception of your place, and you will passively stay there but just as Libya soon learned the meaning of those infamous words, there are times that we have to stand up for ourselves or be trampled into the ground.
To be honest my first day out in this new adventure I almost gave up. I had the awesome privilege of receiving enough, how shall we say, unwanted  proposals (and not for marriage) through Face book ( I really don’t know what part of “Hello, Married Minister that someone didn’t get, but they do get it they just choose not to believe it )these were the waters I had tried to avoid having to tread because I knew I’d have to fight some battles that I would preferred to sit out.
Bad on my part, that is why Satan throws stuff like this at us, he knows what buttons to push to shut us up, back us off, and set us down.
I truly thought once about deleting it all and trying another route, but you know what, God did not create me to be a coward, sure, as the old saying goes they can kill you but they can’t eat you! Well, I actually guess they could but hopefully you would at least taste bad!!
God sent me wonderful encouragement through others with his word and uplifting thoughts they shared that were right on time.
Once God’s spirit started rising up in me and I grew a better backbone, I decided that I will not let anyone take from me what God gave. I can take the remarks about the pants, I can deal with the old school belief that if you wear make-up you’re a quote unquote Jezebel, I can deal with the boys only club of ministry society. What I can’t deal with is anyone touching my anointing and that is where the fight will get bloody.
If you are battling oppression in any form today, I want to encourage with this list of people who stood up to not just THE ENEMY but to all those who wished to interfere with the preordained work of God.
The Pharaoh counted on taking Abraham’s wife for his harem, but when God himself appeared to this pagan in a dream letting him know assuredly that he was a good as dead because she belonged to another. As he counted up the gifts he gave trying to gain favor as he sent them on their way, he realized when he had accessed just how easily he thought she could be obtained, he found out with the loss of his riches that he had counted wrong.
Joseph’s brothers counted on destroying him, but upon discovering his new Identity as second in power over all of Egypt they learned they had counted wrong.
Pharaoh counted on killing off the Hebrew sons, but with God’s sovereign plan the one baby he missed, that would grow up in his own house would bring about Egypt’s downfall. When he counted babies, he counted wrong.
Pharaoh counted on continuing to enslave the Hebrews after being commanded  from God to free them, finally having been hit with nine plagues, he conceded that he may have counted wrong.
Pharaoh counted on the Red Sea to allow his armies passage, but he and his host all drown there, and for his last time he counted wrong.
Korah counted on overthrowing Moses. Then the ground opened up and swallowed all that pertained to him.  Guess he too counted wrong.
Balak counted on hiring Balaam to curse Israel. Only to discover his plan had been intercepted by a Holy God and now only blessing could be spoken, yep, counted wrong.
Balaam counting on getting by disobeying God, and beating a donkey, once his eyes had been opened to the angel who informed him that he would have gladly killed him, not even aware how close he came to death and he surely regretted that he counted wrong!
Depraved men counted on forcibly taking and sexually assaulting Lot’s angelic house guests, only to blinded through the door and the entire place destroyed from the face of the earth, they had counted wrong.
Philistines counted on enjoying their “Let’s torture Samson” party,
as party sayings go, he really brought the house down, counting on torturing God ‘s anointed for the fun of it, thousands at that party had counted wrong.
Sisera, the enemy of Israel counted on a nice warm resting place when Jael took him in, had he lived through her nailing his head to the floor, well he would have known when he counted her as a friend, he counted wrong.
Goliath laughed hysterically at David’s small size counting on taking this boy down. God’s guided stone sending this beast to the ground and when his head came off, all of his army knew when they counted on destroying Israel that they counted wrong.
Absalom who counted on overthrowing his father, soon found himself suspended from a tree branch, caught by his beautiful hair. I’m sure before being ran through by the sword, he knew he counted wrong.
Nebuchadnezzar counted on torching the three Hebrew boys, once he saw not only were they fireproof but also not alone, to his horror he realized he counted wrong.
Haman counted on hanging Mordecai and killing all the Jews, after a chat between the King and Esther lead him to his gallows, those who had encouraged him in his plan knew they all had counted wrong.
Belshazzar counted on using vessels of the Lord as stem ware  for his pagan party, his death warrant was soon written upon his wall,
that’s what happens when you count wrong and attempt to defile a vessel, any vessel that is consecrated unto God.
Darius’ overseers counted on ridding themselves of Daniel by turning him lion food, but once morning came and Daniel was still very much alive, they themselves were thrown in the den, these are men who counted wrong, once again.
Satan and the armies of hell counted on taking all power once they had Jesus dead, but to their surprise he tore down their stronghold taking the keys to their kingdom, all the sting of death, overcoming the grave by resurrecting from his death.They counted on defeating him and there will never again be doubt of just how they counted and they counted wrong.
We could go on for days, but I hope this encourages someone.
We do get discouraged, but when that happens give it to the Lord, let him raise up his spirit in you.
Think of it as spiritual wrestling, you may down but never let them make it to the three count.
You may be weak and they may think you’ve been counted out but with God as your Captain you can let them know really fast, if they really believe your out of the match and down for the count then obviously they have very badly counted wrong.
Φλογιζω/ All rights reserved. Reverend Nina BrownJohnson/ baresoulphlogizo 2015