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Extra Oil Update 30: Barely News Answers Prayers

Earth IS reeling to and fro like a drunkard: Barely News, Nature, Ft. Hood, Army, Quran, Muslims, Bible, God, Christ, Prayer Request, Answers Prayers  

 Prophecy’s Extra Oil Update 30: Barely News Answers Prayers
©copyright 2009 Bonita M Quesinberry

News 11/07-11/10: 3.5 days in “terrors of end days,” Terrors continue all over but TSaS is not giving news today for a much needed physical/emotional break; Update Hurricane Ida, downgraded to a tropical storm, winds 70mph hit Louisiana, Alabama, Florida’s Panhandle, Ida killed 91 w/60 missing in El Salvador’s massive rains causing floods and mudslides; Earthquake hits Indonesia on 11/08, 1 death/many injuries reported;

It is getting very difficult to get accurate news, especially about death/injury tolls from both natural catastrophic events and wars, reports now using terms like “dozens” or “scores” or “a lot” but giving no figures or only low end numbers—URGENT watch clouds, pray for victims’ families all over the world, “pray unceasing” . . .

MESSAGE from BonnieQ: Tues 11/10—I watched the memorial for our 13 fallen heroes of Ft. Hood, Texas, today, the eve of Veterans’ Day; a very moving ceremony filled with many uplifting words from President Obama, the base chaplain, singing “Amazing Grace,” roll call and more. As thoughts of God’s Word crossed my mind, one speaker quoted Isaiah, “Who shall go for us? And, one stood and said, ‘Take me, I will go.'” This phrase was actually Christ offering himself for humanity, recited to reflect this nation’s soldiers’ vow during peacetime and in wars on foreign soils.

I’ve been hearing a common, angrily delivered charge since November 5th, “The moment I heard about the shooting I knew it was a Muslim! They shouldn’t be allowed in our military.” Others have said, “I’ve read the Quran and their belief to kill all infidels is right there!” Really? Before jumping to that conclusion and, possibly doing something stupid, please read on in the spirit and mind of Christ.

CNN interviewed several of Islam’s clerics, each of whom stated that Muslim extremists misinterpret Islam’s Quran, sadly believing it is their duty to kill all the worlds’ “infidels.” I urge God’s people and Christ’s sheep not to judge the whole of Islam by the few Muslim extremists, to refrain from and attempt to prevent others from issuing backlashes to innocent US Muslims, many of whom successfully and honorably serve in our military forces today, vowing their allegiance and love for the United States.

I am reminded of the Dark Ages, a time when millions where killed by Papal Rome for their refusal to embrace its church and dogma. I am reminded of the US, before it became a nation; a time when Sabbatarians were beaten in their own homes, jailed and even hanged for violating Sunday; a day clearly not sanctified by God or Christ. Look at the many misinterpretations of the Holy Bible then and the vast majority who do so today, much to their own demise.

I’ve heard many statements based on misinterpretations: “It’s full of wars and killings” and “It’s a book full of sex, so what’s wrong with enjoying a natural inclination in whatsoever way we choose” and “It’s full of kings with multiple wives” and “It’s all about love, nothing more; so homosexuality is acceptable because it’s all about love!” Indeed, we serve a God of love; but to twist His Word is to bring damnation down upon all those who do these blasphemous acts of disobedience. Truly serving God and following in His Son’s footsteps is to do so in love without judgment or condemnation, to embrace all in loving understanding: whether it is an understanding of their obedience or an understanding that this world is all they will have for their disobedience. We are here to warn of noncompliance with God’s Truth and to pray for the lost, the lukewarm and cold.

The comments and erroneous beliefs continue on and have been responsible for the rise of religions we easily could name to support each misinterpretation: Satan’s twist on God’s Word. Thus, the same can be said about the Bible that today is being said about the Quran. Even the Bible refers to unbelievers as “infidels.” So, should we go out and “kill all the infidels?” No!

Judgment and vengeance is God’s and God’s alone. We are to preach and teach God’s Truth, the love of God and His Christ with a message of peace and hope; and, if faced with death for our peaceful beliefs, we should spread our arms wide and say, “Take your best shot; for I guarantee that God will raise me up again.”

THIS is what Jesus did for us, both in His walk, His obedience to and teaching of God’s Truth, and when He spread His arms upon the cross: “You who follow me shall suffer for me as I have suffered for you.” WE do not deliver pain and death; WE deliver love, peaceful behaviour, and warn of violations. Beyond this we cannot enforce God’s morality; only He can do that but refuses because He gave each human the right of choice. WE of all people should honor that right in all peoples, whether they threaten our lives or accept us as we accept them.

The only thing about today’s memorial that I found disturbing was the chaplain’s prayer, rather how he closed it. Jesus said, “Whatsoever ye ask in my name, the Father will do.” The prayer was to “God Almighty” and was a request for strength, courage and the ability to move one: all wonderful, much needed petitions of the Father. However, he closed the prayer with simply “Amen,” making no request in Christ’s name.

That saddened me greatly; thus I prayed for all the same things for the living and dead soldiers, their families and friends, in Christ’s holy name. Please do the same, each and every one of you; as I pray that all of you will be as Christ and offer your hand in friendship to all our neighbors, no matter what they believe. Remember who and what you are and for whom you stand; then study below God’s Word about prayers.

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Are ALL Prayers Heard?
©copyright 1988 annotations by Bonita M Quesinberry 

Does God hear every prayer uttered by every person in the world? Don’t be so quick to say ‘yes;’ for God’s short answer is NO. He neither hears nor responds to prayers spoken by the wicked and filthy, they who demonstrate unbelief despite, perhaps, expressing belief or not; albeit, He does give to them their hearts desires: as scripture states, “God is kind even to the wicked while they are here.” Other verses clarify: this world is all they will ever have; thus, when they die a physical death, there will be only a second death to come: death of their spiritual being that gave life to their flesh garment.

God’s examples of unbelief are disobedience and a heartfelt desire and/or request for things of this world. Jesus did not pray for such things and He was wholly obedient, which John 17:9-10 validates. II Chronicles 7:14 states: “IF His people turn from their wicked ways, then God will hear.” Obviously, hearing and replying to prayer depends on demonstrated BELIEF by being obedient and for WHAT it is we are asking.

On the other hand, Truth doers, who demonstrate belief and whom God does hear, are instructed to pray for the wicked and filthy. One might ask, however, who are non-believers and believers? God’s words from the Authorized King James Version Bible, following below, explain both. Unbelief is demonstrated in various ways, some not as readily detectible as others. A prior TSaS article defines, “Who Are True Believers.”

Tales abound about various people having uttered a prayer similar to: “God, if you really exist, then…” and they state what it is they want, then declare He answered their plea. Yet, the very wording of their opening statement to God proclaims disbelief of His existence. Scripture validates: “God does not hear prayers of the wicked and filthy.” Thus, it is a certainty He does not hear those who doubt His very existence.

Some might point to Apostle Thomas Didymus—remember “Doubting Thomas?” (John 20:24-29) It is important to note: 1. Thomas did not question God’s existence; and 2. He did not deny Jesus was exactly who He claimed to be. What Thomas doubted was Christ’s resurrection from the dead, nothing more. Thus, Thomas demonstrated “O, ye of little faith,” but he did not at all lack belief.

There are those who claim belief and do seem to credit God with all they have, yet remain unbelievers in His eyes. Not to preclude average to middle income people, most highly visible among these unbelievers are celebrities, including those of the pulpit: all of whom state God has blessed them with their greatest desires—fame, fortune, success and a world who loves them. Listen to what to celebrities say at various televised award ceremonies. Listen to what is said on TBN and DayStar.

The latter have firmly entrenched the world into what are supposed to be God’s spiritual ministries absent of fame and fortune. Not only them but also denominations around our planet do the same. So, one might say, “We’ve only to call upon the name of the Lord” (Romans 10:13). There is more to it than one singular verse out of God’s Written Word. If no more than calling upon the Lord were all it takes to be saved, then why were we warned that even the demons profess the Lord: yet they will be destroyed.

Thus, calling upon the Lord is but one part of the whole; and, it is only the whole that results in life everlasting. Taking one verse, while excluding all other relevant text, is exactly what corporate Christendom does to justify the lies they teach and the wayward ways in which they live: “smooth words,” and their followers love it so. The road to utter destruction is paved with lies, innuendos and omissions.

Therefore, prayers being heard and granting hearts desires are two entirely separate issues as well as events. Every human on this planet is granted the true desire of his or her heart: which isn’t to say his or her prayers are heard, too. The wicked and filthy desire things of this world and they have them, whatever those might be: fame, fortune, power, success at whatever level or even lack of success, drugs, alcohol—the list goes on. To have or not to have things of this world has little to do with determining belief but everything to do with determining the heart’s desire. If the desire isn’t spiritual, then the person isn’t God’s child.

God’s people desire spiritual things, thus even their prayers are heard. In summary, it would behoove us all to be very careful about what we ask of God: worldly or spiritual. Nevertheless, read what God has to say about whom He hears and to whom He turns a deaf ear. * * * * *

I Samuel 8:18—Ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.

II Chronicles 7:14—IF MY PEOPLE, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Job 35:12-13—There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men. Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard.

Psalm 17:1—Hear the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer that goeth not out of feigned lips.

Psalm 109:2~,3-7—The mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love. Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.

Psalm 145:17-20—The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The Lord is nigh unto [near] all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

* * * * * Note the line stating God hears ONLY those who call upon Him in TRUTH. Truth is one piece of God’s armor, which happens to be His Law: as confirmed in Psalm 119:142,151. The requirement of obeying same, in order to enter Yeshua’s kingdom, is established in Isaiah 26:2 as well as three times in The Revelation.  * * * * *

Proverbs 15:8-9—The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

Proverbs 21:12-13—The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness. Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

Proverbs 28:9—He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

Isaiah 1:15—And when ye [who have committed abominations before the Lord] spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

Isaiah 59:1-4—Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities [sins] have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

Zechariah 7:11-13—They refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the Law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts. Therefore it is come to pass, that as [all the people of the land] cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the Lord of hosts:

Matthew 5:44~,45—I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Luke 18:10-14—Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased [humiliated]; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted [made glorious].

John 9:31—We know that God heareth not sinners: but if any be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

John 17:8~,9-10—They have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

Romans 2:12-13—For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. {refer back to Luke 18:10-14}

Romans 10:10-13,17—For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

I Peter 3:7—Ye husbands, dwell with [your wife] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

I John 5:16—If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask [for his brother], and [God] shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

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EVIDENCE: those who CONSISTENTLY VIOLATE even one of GOD’S TEN COMMANDMENTS, his or her PRAYERS ARE NOT HEARD. But, what if he or she is wholly obedient yet seems to receive no answer? Believers’ prayers always are heard. God’s answer might be a resounding NO, or it might be LATER. It is crucial to remember: our Lord does everything in His children’s best interest or the best interest of a person on whose behalf we pray and in perfect timing. What our little finite brain might decide is best, actually could be the worst thing in the end of a matter: especially if it puts another’s and/or our salvation at risk. Additionally, we might be asking in error: which is to ask for things of this world, including someone’s life.

Bear in mind: Apostle James is speaking only to Christ’s church, not the world at large, wherein c.4 v.1-4 and v.6 state: “From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is an enemy of God. But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

James goes on to say in v.7-10: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh [near] to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

What is it to be double-minded? It is to think we can have one foot in the world and the other in righteousness yet maintain assurance of salvation. God says we either live in the world, thus not His, or we are not of this world and belong to Him. We cannot have both, which is to say “maybe” to God instead of a definitive “yes or no.” Demonstrating a “maybe” to God is to be “lukewarm:” as noted in Revelation 3:15-17. This world, as we know it, is temporary. What God offers is permanent. Therefore and whether consciously or unconsciously, people make a solid decision for one or the other. As far as God is concerned, there is no middle road.

Is God contradicting Himself when, on the one hand, He says to rejoice in the Lord and find His Law a delight; yet on the other hand, He says to mourn and weep? No, He is not contradictory. To mourn and weep is to do so over how utterly we have sinned against our Creator, forthrightly admitting our sins thus humbling ourselves before Him in full repentence and utter obedience. Also, we are to mourn and weep over the encompassing wickedness in this world.

Only then can we rejoice in the Lord and find His Law a delight: obeying not because we “have” to, which is legalism, but rather because in humility and love we “want” to obey. “His law is not grievous.” It is not terrible or burdensome, not impossible to follow, as the world would have us believe.

Nevertheless, without the love of God in our hearts, we never will obey totally: thus, marked UNBELIEVER. We can claim belief all day and even find others who will say we do believe, but this doesn’t mean God seals us as a believer. Are your prayers being heard? If not and you wish to be heard, then examine: 1) your requests—are they worldly or spiritual—and, 2) scrutinize where you might be falling short of Adonai’s Statutes of Life; submit and obey in humility…but, ONLY IF you truly love our Father more than you love the world and its things and its people.

As Jesus said, “If you love the world and if you love mother, father, brother, sister, even friends, and your life more than me; then you are not worthy of me. You are not worthy of the kingdom.”

——Watch the clouds between mid-October to mid-November henceforth until no later than 2011. Hebrews indicates Jesus will not be late. If not fully converted now, time is your enemy; total conversion must be instant, this day, TODAY: do not delay. Pray unceasing! Be watchful; stand fast even to death. WE HAVE GOD’S POWER. KEEP WALKING and TALKING, even when it seems useless: you might snatch one lost, lukewarm sheep from the flames. Saith the Lord, “Ye lukewarm await consuming fire.”

——TSaS post archives open to public; members access Bible Lesson FILES. TSaS ministry neither needs nor asks for money and never will: God provides our basic needs. We ask only for prayer and that you share God’s Truth with all who will hear/read and obey in “the instant.” Be good stewards of God’s Word: share Extra Oils, lead everyone to God’s Biblical Truth at — http://groups.yahoo.com/group/truthseekersandspeakers

Much Love in Christ, Sister BonnieQ

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To My Word Press Friends

First, I would like to thank all of you for reading the Biblical pieces I post for our awesome Father and His Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Second, please accept my apology for not keeping up with your postings.

 Alas, I have spent most of my time in the last month and a half preparing to move, in accordance with the agreement I previously made with the property trustee. I am all packed to the point of simply load and unload; so, now it’s just a waiting game until Mason County Housing approves my application for a unit waiting for me in Shelton; about an hour from where I currently live and an hour closer to my daughter in Portland OR. She’d rather I be closer still.

I am hoping the move will take place before the end of this month (April), inasmuch as my neurosurgeon has scheduled an angiogram for the 25th of May. Hopefully, they will be able to determine why I have been experiencing daily migraines and a lot of vomiting. YUCK! My primary doctor also will be scheduling an MRI of my brain, because it will show her what the angiogram will not show. Doctors are curious creatures, aren’t they? LOL!

 Anyway, I likely will be disassembling my desk and computer system within the next week or so and may not get back up and running for about two weeks. So, please know that all of you are in my prayers and I ask that you keep me in your prayers.

GOD IS GOOD!

Much love, hugs and prayers, BonnieQ

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When God is Close

©copyright 2005 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

excerpt Truth Gathering, Vol. II (not yet available)  

“When is God closest to me and I to Him?” This is an inquiry that only a handful have asked of self, either from time to time or at least once in his or her life; alas, only in the midst of adversity. In the beginning of this writer’s true walk with God and His Christ, as opposed to when They were accepted at age six and baptized at age nine, she recalls wondering about this closeness of which she had heard few speak. How can we know when God is near us or when we are close to Him? 

Personally speaking, the most important aspect of the above question is whether or not WE are close to God and Jesus; for God and His Christ never forsake the saints: as pointed out in both Acts 5:29,32 and Hebrews 13:5-6— ” . . . We ought to obey God rather than men. We are His witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey Him . . . for He hath said, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.’ So that we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.'” 

The other side of this coin is presented in II Peter 2:9-10,15— “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and [turn away from righteous laws]. Arrogant are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of [luminaries, those of the light]. These have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of sin. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much shamelessness. Those that are clean escape from them who live in error.” 

Immediately discerned about this two-sided coin is that God always is near those who obey His Law by faith, accept Jesus as His Son and possess the same kind of faith as He, and give up all aspects of the flesh; while neither God nor His Christ even know those who teach prosperity of the world as well as God’s Law altered— for they speak lusts of the flesh— nor do God and Christ know those who follow such blasphemous teachings.  

Therefore, closeness to God and Christ is determined by choices made every day and every waking moment; regardless of any given circumstance, good or bad. Over the years, this writer has come to realize she is closer to God and Christ when she includes them in everything done, even words said or written, and/or in everything happening to her: whether those events are supernaturally caused; such as health issues, or through the act of another human being.  

As a result, she finds herself talking aloud to our Lord, and/or asking something of Him throughout any given day, or lapsing into prayer for another person’s needs or specific trial. Now she lives alone, so if anyone were to happen upon her, they might assume she has lost her mind: talking to empty air, as it were. Hear the laughter! For the very air is alive with God and His Christ and Their Holy Spirit. Jesus instructed that we pray unceasing, thus it is good to know by God’s Word whether or not our prayers are heard (see article “Are ALL Prayers Heard”). 

When she says, “talking to,” she means just that. She converses with our Lord as though He were a human standing or sitting right next to her: no flowery, showy speech— which He hates— just simple conversation. God loves it this way, for then we are approaching Him as a wise Father and we the trusting child. God is a god of simplicity, straightforward thus never measuring words: as we should be, also. 

If injured during a daily task, she might say, “Lord! Satan is at it again, trying to get me to shirk my duties. Get him outta here.” In an instant, that ole Devil is gone and I simply go about my chores. Or, if she mislaid something needed, she might say, “Lord, you know where I put that. Please direct me to it.” Within minutes, the Spirit has jogged her memory and she goes right to the item needed. In preparing a TSaS response or writing a poem, she puts God in charge her my pen reflects only God’s mouth rather than words of her own. After all, we humans are really good at skewing up; however, God is perfect. It is in our best interest to keep Him in charge. 

When she slides behind her car’s steering wheel, she immediately speaks to God before ever turning the ignition key, “Lord, I’m just the co-pilot today. You are the pilot, and I know everything will go smoothly.” If a driver in front of her does something foolish, that could have endangered her as well as others, rather than rant and rave and attempt to get even, she prays, “Lord, please protect that driver, for he/she doesn’t have a clue what their doing. And, protect all those who come near him/her.” You see, she’s already protected from careless drivers but others may not have put the Lord in control before they hit the streets driving a deadly weapon.  

Besides which, the above scriptures reveal that Christ’s sheep fear nothing man can do to a flesh body. Well, human beings drive cars and trucks as well as fly planes, wield knives and guns, diseases strike; finally, doctors use surgical instruments and administer drugs— all deadly weapons; so the cause of our death is irrelevant: simply one’s time to die a first death. Hopefully, this writer has made that abundantly clear to her grown children; having instructed them that no matter how she dies, it is all one vast illusion and they’d better not sue anyone for wrongful death. God forbid; for He said, “Vengeance is mine.”  

Each meal we prepare and eat, or those prepared by others, are opportunities to speak with our Lord. Thank God for the food we have, regardless of how simple or repetitive it might be, and for His power that caused us to prepare it. Hear laughter again, for there are those MS and/or Lupus days when this writer knows she must eat but doesn’t particularly feel like preparing a meal.  

On those kind of days especially, ask the Lord to push you to put together something, preferably food that will aid the body to function better than it has that particular day. Then thank Him for the nudge and for the food and even for how good it tastes. Also, acknowledge that the meal, whatever it is, was blessed to the nourishment of the body. 

Every waking moment and every event in our lives are opportunities to move even closer to God and His Christ. To ignore these chances to keep God in control of our lives, as opposed to our pitiful attempts at exercising inefficient power, is to distance our selves from God, Christ and the Holy Ghost: creating a void, so to speak, around our entire being. This empty space, then, becomes a fertile playground in which Satan can dig around and, in general, make life miserable. Lucifer has a difficult time slipping into spaces filled with God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. 

Those voids also prevent us from attaining Christlike perfection and God’s holiness: which can be achieved but only through obedience and the closeness we minute-by-minute work toward (see article “The Mind of Christ”). Failure to attain perfection and holiness renders us like the virgins with not enough oil for their lamps while awaiting the groom: a second death sentence will be issued. 

Another means of being close to God and Christ is to delve daily into God’s Word. Sometimes, this is achieved by literally picking up the Bible and letting it simply fall open; then, read what is there and dwell upon what it says. Other times, it is done in conversations about God’s Word with another person, during which we might discuss various scriptures and how they should be discerned: as opposed to how the world has interpreted the same passages. Or, someone might ask what God has to say about a particular issue or even a specific Biblical topic, which should send us to our Bible in a manner quite similar to what we do in the group Truth Seekers and Speakers. 

Of course, another perfect time to have the Lord in our back pocket, so to speak, is when a person confronts us with hostility, warranted or unwarranted, and/or false accusations. This is when we should ask, “What would Jesus do?” First, we must discern what has prompted that person’s inappropriate behaviour. For instance, husband belittles wife: husband is reflecting how he feels about himself, as opposed to his words really being about his wife. It goes without saying, it easily could be the wife being combative. 

In either case, the wisest response would be, “It is so sad you think so little of yourself; especially since I think so highly of you.” We’ve only to remind self of God’s second great commandment of love: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Anyone, including a nation of people or a spouse, is our metaphoric neighbor; and, if that neighbor is being abusive physically or emotionally or both, he or she is really saying, “I don’t love myself and I’m afraid of losing you; so, I’m going to push you away before you leave on your own; but, I’m also going to fight your leaving every step of the way.” Low self-esteem is without logic. 

Or, let’s say a neighbor has irately demanded that your child never step on their property again; though, such demand is wholly unfair and unwarranted. This is mentioned because of a similar experience years ago when this writer’s 38-year old son was three, the same age as her neighbor’s daughter, with whom he played every day in her yard.  

In this case, we need to be asking God for the best response to douse our neighbor’s fire while at the same time providing a viable solution. Try this: “Well, I understand; so, why don’t you let your little girl come over here to play?” And, make sure your accompanying smile is very genuine. After all, you aren’t saying you understand the reason for your child’s banishment; rather, you’re saying you understand the unreasonableness of that person’s hostility and you’ve offered a workable solution. It worked like a charm for this writer and no another incident arose while living in the neighborhood. It worked because the Lord was consulted before opening the mouth. 

On the other hand, say you are speaking God’s Truth and professing Christians accuse you of being deceived and a blasphemer, false prophet, and/or doing the Devil’s work: all the things of which Christ Himself was accused. Again, we first must remember Christ warned this would happen to those who follow His lead; and, second, He instructed that we respond with, “Bless you.” Nothing more: neither argument over God’s Word nor attempts to justify your words or stating why the accuser is in the wrong. 

This being said, why in the world would we want to bless a person who, in essence, has denied God and His Word as well as having just shouted to the world that we are liars? We bless them, not for them, but for the fact that, unbeknownst to them, they have identified us as followers of Christ therefore bearing God’s seal upon our forehead. As the Lord said, “Their accusations are to them a curse but to you a gain.” And, what is the curse of God: to be declared twice dead. Obviously, our gain is eternal life. 

The bottomline, pertaining to God’s nearness and our closeness to Him, is that we decide the distance by what we, individually, say and do. Based on self-actions, and not that of others, God and Christ and the Holy Spirit are either near or they are far away. If they are not close, then the individual is in danger of being declared twice dead. It behooves everyone to review his or her own relationship with God and His Christ for any and all deficiencies; and, if some are found, then quickly change those into efficiencies for the rest of one’s physical life and beyond. 

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4

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Eyes On the Clouds

Eyes On the Clouds

©copyright 2003 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.,

published in MSMusings Magazine,

“Looking Forward” Aug 2003 edition

 

An eternal optimist: consistently looking forward while bombarded by our world’s filth and wickedness, illnesses and diseases, false accusations and persecutions, even blasphemous teachings. There is but one way to continue onward in the midst of humanity’s corruption: God Almighty. Only He has power to pull our defiled gaze upward to the clouds, despite it all.

An MS/Lupus thorn may pierce the side, yet cannot defeat a positive spirit. It hurts, but why despair over a little suffering? Is it as great as Christ endured on our behalf? Definitely not. Besides, smiles and laughter create much nicer lines, in spite of Lupus skin aging prematurely while MS ligaments and tendons suddenly and painfully atrophy, temporarily twisting bones in unnatural ways. So what if there are times when walking is almost impossible, if not outright unachievable; or, hands cannot open a jar or pick up a penny? It is just the outward garment, not the inward person. The mind’s spirit-of-the-heart remains sharp and focused; so, don’t speak as though it is a failing. Instead, smile sunshine on both sunny days and cloudy, stormy ones. It eases everyone’s pain.

Looking forward always has been a way of life for this writer, clearly never understanding pessimists. How do they think? Are they blind as well? For it is a certainty they neither see God’s beauty around them nor sense His abiding love. Looking forward is far more pleasant, even rewarding. Can one thing be changed about yesterday or preset into the future? Nothing. Yesterday and tomorrow are just that—nothing: one is past and the other yet to arrive. One is to grow from, the other to grow into. Thus, power is in today; yet, we all look forward to better than today. Why not make today the best, a perfect day created by Adonai for all to enjoy? After all, tomorrow might never come.

This optimist does look forward to people discovering the books Elohim inexplicably directed her to pen. More importantly, she eagerly awaits Christ’s return, her sometimes triple-vision brown eyes on the clouds: as He instructed for these end days. Isn’t that neat? Sometimes she gets to see three beautiful moons and more than one North Star! Now is so temporary, not worth fussing and moaning and groaning and complaining about. Seek the permanent; that place where there is no sickness, no pain, no hunger, and none homeless or naked: an Eden free of MS, Lupus and all those other maladies of a sick and dying world.

Gazing ahead, Apostle John said, “Nevertheless, come Lord Jesus!” And so, I look forward to His arrival bearing wondrous rewards: the greatest gift being in our Father’s presence, set free of this restrictive flesh forever. LOOK FORWARD!

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1 October 2006 Posted by | Bible, Blessings, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Faith, Friends, Friendship, God, Grace, Health, Holy Spirit, Jehovah, Jesus, Love, Lupus, MS, Spiritual, Testimonies, Truth | Leave a comment

Friendship Mirror

Friendship Mirror

©copyright 2005 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

MS Musings, theme, Jan. 2006 issue

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One might wonder why some friends seem to stick around through thick and thin, yet others come and go; never to be seen or heard from again or, perhaps, only on rare occasions. It might appear to happen more so during some adversity self is going through at the time: illness, disease, divorce, or a lost job.

Such behaviour tells us something about the friend who walks away, but it also tells us something about self and should cause us to self-analyze; making sure we have not indulged in pity parties and/or overdosed on pity pills. Being ill is no excuse for being pessimistic, whiney, complaining, crying out with “Oh, woe is me,” abusive to those lending aid, or being negative in any way. Such behaviours definitely drive people away.

In truth, our friends mirror who we are on the inside and what kind of friend we are to others. Thus, we cannot attract true friends unless, first, we give bona fide friendship. In short, this relates to the old adage that we cannot give what we first do not have within; as well as the ancient proverb, “Treat others as you would want them to treat you.”

What is a true friend? Well, they love God first and foremost therefore love self. In loving self, they naturally love others without expectation: simply giving of self in myriad ways and on the scene when needed— without complaint. They tend to suffer in silence, making light of their own ailments yet knowing when to apply the brakes for rest.

Optimistic people prefer laughter to tears. This kind of friend also is very honest and always will say what we need to hear as opposed to what we think we want to hear. At the same time, such buddies offer sane solutions to problems, lift us up when we are down, encourage us when discouraged, cry with us when we grieve or hurt, laugh with us when we are joyous, and rapidly jump to care for us when ill: truly sharing every aspect of our lives in accordance with Christ’s instructions to His church, His people as it were.

There is no getting around the fact we draw to us people of the same ilk: if we are negative, the majority entering our circle will be negative; if positive, we attract predominantly positive people. Negative is to be absent from God; whereas positive people walk with God and in His loving ways. After all, God is pure love and optimism; although, He does hate with a perfect, this is to say, a justified hate for all that is evil.

This is not to say negative people never will enter a positive person’s circle; for they will, from time to time, with a desire to have and/or be like the positive or to see if they can gain control over positive. If negative is not willing to learn from and adopt positive’s behaviour, negative will move on while blaming positive for some imagined insult.

On the other hand, if positive steps into negative’s circle and does all the things an optimistic friend does yet pessimism persists in his or her negativity, then positive ultimately will move on rather than be pulled down into negative’s dark abyss: exactly as God instructs His sheep to do.

A true friend does not turn away from a friend for reasons over which one has no control, such as injuries or illness or diseases like Multiple Sclerosis and cancer or divorce or losing a job or even moving far from one another. They turn away from only that which is destructive, but not before offering help and solutions as well as forgiveness.

This writer has been blessed with friends ranging from 2 years to 20 years to as long as 52 years, albeit for the last 20 years she has lived 2300 miles from the longest of them; yet, each of these precious friends have been there for her during various hours of adversity over all these years; in the throes of divorce, death of children and other family members, illnesses, surgeries, diseases of MS, Lupus and, more recently, some flew 2300 miles to care for her following brain aneurysm surgery; despite the fact her daughter was there to help her mother.

By the grace and mercy of God, I am so blessed when I look into the mirror of my lifelong and even new friends, for I comprehend that they reflect the friend I am to them. Most important, however, is that they also reflect my walk with God and His Christ. I have incredibly loving friends who intensely love our Father and His Christ first!

What do you see when you gaze into your friendship mirror? Is the reflection full of darkness and pain or filled with laughter and love and Light?

The reality of this particular mirror is that each individual has the power to alter what it reflects by changing only one thing: SELF. This is just one of many choices we make every day while attending earth’s university known as Life; this particular course, amidst its vast curriculum, is Self-improvement. There are no magic drugs or drinks or people. Oh, mankind does tout a few things as magic cures, but sooner or later each kills due to accumulating side effects. God’s way is life eternal with no down sides.

One hard fact: we cannot change anyone except self; the winning combination being only God, by looking into His mirror first— that is, His Written Word reflecting who and what we truly are within— plus intense work on self’s part coupled with solid determination: refusing to waver, refusing to give in to weaknesses. We all have them, for pity sake!

If we had no weaknesses, Satan would have nothing to attack and Jesus would have not one single reason to grow stronger on our behalf while causing Lucifer to grow weaker against us. If Beelzebub grows stronger against our weaknesses, it is only because we gave him the control over us instead of holding on tightly to our dominion over him! Choice. It’s all about making wise choices. “Be ye not deceived.”

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18 September 2006 Posted by | Bible, Blessings, Christ, Christian, Faith, Friends, Friendship, God, Jesus, Love, Spiritual, Truth | Leave a comment