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Extra Oil Update 25: Unaware Aware Blasphemy

Prophecy’s Extra Oil Update 25: Unaware Aware Blasphemy

©2009copyright Bonita M Quesinberry

News 10/21-10/23: 2.5 days in the world
Yep, there was a lot going on in the last 2.5 days; but, TSaS has elected to not report any global news in this issue about upcoming annual holidays. News has been more of the same, events escalating as usual: earthquakes, typhoons, hurricanes, flooding rains, tornados, child abductions/murder, numerous deaths in aircraft/trains, wars/riots, etc.

CRITICAL: this issue reveals Truth that affects our relationship with God and Christ, as well as how a person commits unaware or aware acts of unforgivable blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. This will bring the reader to awareness, at which time he or she must make a choice for God or for the world. “How long halt ye between two opinions? Either you are for God or you are not.” Time is short.

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TRUTH GATHERING, an exhaustive AKJV Topical Bible of all critical-to-salvation subjects, ©annotation copyright 1998 Bonita M Quesinberry, excerpt Chapter 10: Christ’s Birth, Death and Resurrection

Well over two hundred years after Christ ascended to heaven, what appeared to be His church arbitrarily established December 25th as the day to celebrate our Saviour’s birth: His resurrection celebrated on Easter, a floating holiday having occurred April 23rd in the year 2000. Where did these traditions come from? Are they Christian? More importantly, are they acceptable to God? Dissecting God’s Word sheds a contrary light on corporate Christendom’s festivals and should cause every serious Christian, determined to please God and Christ, to question denominational pulpits they have relied on for Biblical truths.

Most notably, Christians need to be aware that condemnation will pour out upon all entities guilty of instituting into Christ’s church such paganistic, idolatrous festivals. This applies equally to those Christians who gain the truth, yet continue to observe manmade commandments, traditions and festivals—regardless of their claim in Jesus’ honor. In His opinion, such professed Christians render lip service, “flattering lips” as it were: He does not know them. See TRUTH GATHERING chapter: “Fatal Lip Service.”

Still, as the title of this chapter implies, the identity of the perpetrator Papal Rome, and her daughters’ participation, will not be discussed here. We begin with the conception and ultimate birth of Messiah, Jesus Christ our Saviour. Apostle Luke renders a very concise record for examination and it is logical to base dates on the ancient Jewish calendar, which is the first calendar. Therefore, it is prudent to note that the first month of the Gregorian year is January, as opposed to the Hebrew first month of the year September. With this in mind, we begin Luke’s testimony. Please note for the purposes of this reprint, scripture quotes are contained between * * * * * asterisks, writer notes unbound.

* * * * * Luke 1:26-27,30-31,35-37, 38-42—And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused [betrothed, engaged] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; and entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was fill with the Holy Ghost: and she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. * * * * *

Luke reveals that Mary conceived Jesus in the sixth month (Adar) of the Jewish calendar, the Gregorian February. Luke further enlightens of Mary’s pregnancy having extended full-term without incident, placing Christ’s birth sometime in (Cheshvan of the Jewish calendar) October of the Gregorian calendar. The first year AD was meant to be the year of Christ’s birth but, due to error, missed it by 2-1/2 to 3 years. Jesus was 33 and 7 months at His death in April AD 31, thus it is proper to place His birth on or about October in the year between BC 4-1/2 to 3 (calendar matching provided herein).

* * * * * Luke 2:6-11—And so it was, that, while they were there [in Bethlehem], the days were accomplished that she [Mary] should be delivered [give birth]. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. * * * * *

Luke also chronicles that tax assessing was what prompted Joseph to take his pregnant wife to Bethlehem, further confirming an October birth inasmuch as tax collection followed the second harvest of any given year. October is the second month of harvest time and the second month of the Hebrew new year. Also, shepherds still were in the fields with their flocks when Gabriel appeared to them. This too would be normal since October is autumn in Israel (not winter, December [Tebet] or January [Shebat]). History reveals sheep would not have been in the fields during winter months.

It was Joseph and Mary’s custom to travel with their family to Jerusalem every year for the two-day Passover festival, which begins March 31st (Nisan). Christ was twelve at the time His parents discovered Jesus missing three days into their return home from such a trip. Remember, Jesus was later found in the Temple. He told Mary and Joseph that He “was about my Father’s work.” This occurred about April (Iyar) 6th, AD 9 —recall the calendar discrepancy in the AD year of birth, thus this event was not in AD 12.

Luke 3:23 reveals that Jesus was about to turn 30 when he was baptized by John then spirited away by Satan for 40 days of temptation. It was following this event that Christ’s ministry began. We may conclude: His ministry began either with baptism—about Sept. AD 27—or following the 40 days—approximately late Oct. AD 27.

Bible timeline shows Christ’s ministry as 3-1/2 years to the point of death—see Daniel c.9 regarding 70-prophetic weeks, 490-literal years— allowing for restoration of the road to and the city of Jerusalem and building the temple: then the Messiah’s ministry would begin at the onset of the 70th week—or last 7 years of the 490—and ind in the midst of the 70th week or 3-1/2 literal years.

Christ’s death occurred exactly 486-1/2 years following the onset of road, city and temple construction. It is appropriate to place Jesus’ death in April AD 31—from point of baptism and just prior to His thirty-fourth birthday. This is in harmony with the fact Jesus and His Disciples shared Passover before His arrest.

Luke 24:52-56 confirms April (Iyar) AD 31, informing us that Christ was placed in a tomb before Sabbath came on, which is sunset Friday, following several events having begun with Passover—March (Nisan) 31st through April (Iyar) 1st. On Wednesday, April 1st, the last day of Passover, Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Late on Thursday night (the 4th watch), April 3rd, Judas arrived with soldiers and Jesus was taken prisoner. By the next morning, Friday April 4th, Christ had been condemned to death, sent to Pilate, who released Barnabas, then Jesus was hung on a cross.

Luke 23:44-46 tells us Jesus died at about the ninth hour. God’s time is reckoned as a night being from sunset to sunrise and daytime being from sunrise to sunset, with a 24-hour day determined as sunset-even to sunset-even. Therefore, if we assume the sun rose at about 6AM, then Christ’s death would have been on Friday afternoon, April 4th, at about 3PM. Luke additionally advises that Jesus was placed in the tomb before sunset, the onset of Sabbath, April 5th. This is reasonable considering that criminals were not allowed to hang until sunset: it was against the law for a body to hang overnight. Christ died at about 3PM, at which time counsellor Joseph obtained permission to claim Christ’s body.

With this data, comprehend that Christ obeyed the Sabbath even in death, for He remained in His grave until dawn of the first day of the week: Sunday, April 6th AD 31.  Jesus then arose and was seen by at least 500 people over the next 40 days, after which He ascended to heaven. His ascension would have occurred on or about May (Sivan) 15th, AD 31. In each date citation, a Hebrew calendar is used specifically: it is the only one to agree Biblically. For instance: the Gregorian fifth month is May, which equates to the Hebrew ninth month of Sivan.

Compare the two calendars below, excusing the lines and dots needed to keep the comparison aligned in web-format. Note: only religious holidays show with each month appropriate to the calendar. One reflects God’s festivals for His people and the Gregorian reflects pagan holidays adopted by Christian-professing Sunday-keeping denominations:

GREGORIAN            —————–            HEBREW

1.  January (31 days)_______1.  September (Tishri, 30 days)

. .  New Year, 1st . . . . . . . . . . .   New year, 11th

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Day of Atonement, 20th

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Feast of Tabernacles 15-20th

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Rejoice in the Law, 23rd

2.  February (28-29 days) ___      2. October (Cheshvan, 29-30 days)

. .  St. Valentines, 14th                                                

3.  March (31 days) . . . . . . . . 3. November (Kislev, 29-30 days)

. .  St. Patrick’s Day, 17th . . . . .   Feast of Dedication, 25th

. .  Palm Sunday, 28th

4.  April (30 days)_________ 4.  December (Tebet, 29 days)

. .  Good Friday, 2nd . . . . . . . . .  Festival of Lights, 2nd

. .  Easter, 4th in 1999

5.  May (31 days)__________5.  January (Shebat, 30 days)

6.  June (30 days) _________ 6.  February (Adar, 29-30 days)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Feast of Lots, 14th

7.  July (31 days) __________7.  March (Nisan, 30 days)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Passover, 30th

8.  August (31 days) _______ 8.  April (Iyar, 29 days)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Passover, 1st

9.  September (30 days) _____9.  May (Sivan, 30 days)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feast of weeks, 5th

10. October (31 days) ______10.  June (Tammuz, 29 days)

. . . Halloween, 31st

11. November (30 days) ____11.  July (Ab, 30 days)

. . . Thanksgiving, 25th . . . . . . . . . Day of Fasting, 9th

12. December (31 days) ____12.  August (Elul, 29 days)

. . . Christmas, 25th

RESULTS:

1) Mary conceived Jesus sometime in February BC 4;

2) Jesus was born approximately early to late October BC 3 (based on typical gestation)

3) Christ began His ministry on or about His 30th birthday, or October AD 27;

4) Jesus was crucified on Friday, April 3rd, AD 31, pronounced dead at about 3PM at the age of 33 years and 7 months;

5) Before sunset April 3rd, AD 31 Jesus was placed in a rich man’s tomb where He remained through Saturday Sabbath, April 5th and Sunday night April 6th AD 31;

6) At dawn on Sunday, April 6th, AD 31 Christ arose from the grave and was seen by many people for 40 days;

7) The 40th day, about May 15th AD 31 Jesus ascended to heaven with host of first fruits.

Since the whole Bible is about God, the Hebrews— Judah and Israel— Christ, and adopted Hebrews— pagan Gentiles—­ then it is most appropriate to discern these dates in accordance with ancient Hebrew calendars. After all, that is the time in which these records were written and events occurred. Biblically, there would have been no other calendar. Realistically? Yes, there were pagan calendars even then, but to use one of those would be to discern God’s Word by the world: instead of spiritually.

Note: Hebrew calendars are used today in Orthodox and Christian Jews observing Jewish festivals. It remains the same as from the beginning. Therefore, the Hebrew September is the same September we recognize. It just happens to be the Hebrew’s first month of the year, whereas a Gregorian calendar begins with January.

Using a Gregorian calendar to decipher God’s word causes interpretative error and no harmony will be found between verse and historical data. For instance, Mary would have conceived in June BC 4, based on a Gregorian calendar, therefore placing Christ’s birth sometime February BC 3. Unfortunately, this would skew all other dates set out above.

Passover is March 30 through April 1, according to ancient and modern practices. Using a Gregorian calendar would not place Jesus at the Passover festival leading to His arrest. At 31 years, 7 months at death, it would mean Christ died September 5th AD 33. The only Jewish festival in September is the Feast of Weeks. The gospels state clearly: Christ and His Apostles shared the Passover meal, then Jesus was arrested early next morning. As El might say: to use a Gregorian calendar is to corrupt clues He provided.

As Christians, adopted into God’s Jewish Tree, we are subject to the same obedience. This means avoiding anything even slightly resembling evil. Thus, we can eliminate all holidays shown in a Gregorian or other non-Hebrew calendar. As adopted children, we may also eliminate most other Jewish ordinance festivals shown.

The only ordinances Christ commands of Gentiles and Jews are:  1) confession of sins; 2) baptism by water; 3) faith of and belief in Jesus as our Redeemer and Son of God; 4) obedience to the Father’s Doctrine, the Ten Commandments that depend on the two Royal Laws of love; 5) baptism of the Holy Ghost— to those who obey. Additionally, 6) work good works as well as use gifts of the Spirit to benefit the brethren; and, 7) perform, as often as we choose, the Lord’s Supper—Passover—include washing our brethren’s feet as a symbol of service, instead of being served: in remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice.

To observe any other holidays as well as establishing a counterfeit birthday for Christ, is a wicked example of vanity, idolatry and pagan worship. Whatever excuse we use to justify such behavior is exactly why Jesus said, “You do me lip service and I never knew you.” For example, pagan artifacts used to decorate— i.e. Christmas tree— or observing a pagan holiday— i.e. Christmas and Easter— and dedicating it to the Lord. It is an abomination to God and is counted as “flattering lips” heavily couched in pagan idolatry.

One other note, Bethlehem is located in the hilly or mountainous region of Israel. In winter months, beginning in December, temperatures get as low as 42 degrees at night. This is not so for previous months, especially concerning October, which remains very warm. Additionally, the Gospels do not indicate freezing winter with snow on the ground at Christ’s birth—a familiar Christmas scene with which we’ve all grown up. All these little subtleties grouped together cause the world to believe lies and walk after Satan unaware, guilty by virtue of not checking out the facts for one’s self.

Also, consider portraits of Christ rendered by various artists over the centuries. They paint quite a beautiful being and tout Him as 6-feet tall, slender and blue-eyed: which might seem in keeping with Papal Rome’s Shroud of Turin, recently debunked. Might such beauty be a contributor to society’s obsession with physical beauty? Scriptures describe Jesus otherwise. Long before Christ’s birth, He was described as “marred (deformed, ugly) more than any man, small of stature, his body without form; nothing beautiful about him to cause people to follow him; people turned away from looking at his marred, deformed black body and disfigured face; a man of sorrows and grief and pain.

Read  “TODAY, JESUS SAID, LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF”. One might be surprised by what the Bible reveals compared to what preachers and theologians teach.

The irony of the facts presented hereinabove: Theologians throughout the ages always have maintained that Christ was born sometime in October. Christians need to ask themselves: Why, then, are we taught that no one knows when Jesus was born? Recall: God said, “One lie renders the whole a lie.” If Satan convinces the world of just one lie, he succeeded in achieving its damnation— IF we do not seek God’s Word personally.

Would you obey the laws of man or the laws of God? Surely, we ought to obey God.

You might want to read what Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas and Easter really are and why they insult the Lord as an abomination to Him. The website below points out clearly that pagan rituals are alive and well and they rejoice that professing Christians share their blasphemous festivals. * * * * *

Because of the length of text, only the Wiccan website URL is provided here. Christians strongly are urged to check out this website and others like it. Discover what happens if we keep pagan holidays in the name of Christ— “The Witches Voice presents…THE HOLIDAYS OF WITCHCRAFT” at http://www.witchvox.com/holidays/ostara.html  

* * * * * How can true Christians observe these holidays while claiming honor to God and Jesus Christ? It is an abomination to our Father Creator. It is unacceptable to place the ONE TRUE GOD and HIS SON within a framework of false gods. This is exactly what Jesus meant by “flattering lips” and “creating images of God after corruptible men:” this and much more. Warning! He declared of those who do such things, “I do not know you.” Even the Christmas tree is of pagan origin and well described in: * * * * *

Jeremiah 10:2-4,~5,8—Thus saith the Lord, learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne [carried], because they cannot go [by themselves]. But they [the heathen] are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities [idolatry].

* * * * * Several years ago, a Sabbatarian youth minister spoke of a personal experience on his job. It was nearing Christmas and one employee— most verbal about her Wiccan beliefs and Druid ties and very much aware of the minister’s Christian faith— asked him: “If you believe in God and in Christ, then why do you celebrate our festivals?”

Now, she assumed he did so because, like all the other employees, he did not work on those days. Of course, hers was an erroneous assumption. How could he work if the company was closed and locked for the holidays? Fortunately, the young man was able to reply, “I don’t celebrate any pagan festivals like Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, Easter or personal birthdays to honor any man.”

Thanksgiving? Yes, its origins are Celtic: originally an 8-day festival to honor harvest gods and brought to the United States by the first settlers. Nevertheless, the youth minister was ONE witness in God’s favour. Sadly, many of us might work with Wiccan and Druid followers unaware. It is by what we say and/or do that we witness for or against God to those who are paganism’s prey.

Several years ago, a well-known actress serving a short stint as a talk show host presented a program for Halloween: her guests a man and woman, both proud Wiccan members. Near the show’s end, the hostess asked, “What do you think about Christians observing your festivals?” She referenced not only Halloween but Christmas and Easter as well.

The woman said, “It proves to me that I’ve chosen the right religion because it’s obviously the world’s oldest religion. Else why would Christians share our rituals.” This applies to Sunday observance as well, a day dedicated to their sun god: venerable day of the sun.

The Wiccan witch revealed a multitude of Christians unwittingly witnessing against God. Alas, unaware or aware, each will be found just as guilty before our Father; His Truth is out there and in His Holy Bible. As for witchcraft being the oldest religion: this pen begs to differ. After all, worship of God the Creator began with Adam and Eve. The most important question to ask self: “What kind of witness for God and Christ am I, both in word and deed? And, what am I going to do about it?”

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——Watch the clouds between mid-October to mid-November now but no later than 2011; it might be now. Hebrews says Jesus will not be late. If not fully converted, 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.”

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Much Love in Christ, Sister BonnieQ

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Pop Goes the Balloon ~~ of LOVE

Pop Goes the Balloon! ~~ of LOVE

©copyright 2007 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

If we stretch a rubber band far enough, it breaks, then uselessly and painfully snaps back into our face or the face of another; or, if we put too much hot air into a balloon, it pops and shrivels to a wrinkled, useless mess of thin rubber no longer resembling its former glory, never again to smoothly float heavenward. These analogies applied to the times we live in should cause us to consider how we over use the word LOVE: abused until it now has no significant meaning. 

The word “love” is used every day to convey a tremendous number of likes and desires; none of which relate to love as God defines it: “I love . . .  my life; limousines; Armani clothes; the color purple; Leonardo D’Caprio; acting; horror movies; rock ‘n roll; Tim McGraw; to sing and dance; Mexican food; custom houses; fancy décor; diamonds; Madonna; my job; video games; money; I would love to do .  . . or love to have .  . . or love to be . . . or love to go to . . .” The list goes on and, somewhere in this unholy mix, love for spouse or child or God and Christ might be expressed on rare occasions. As Jesus said, “If you love your life and this world more than me, you are not worthy of me.” 

Love spoken, as above, seems to come from flattering lips instead of a heart reflecting God’s love IN BEHAVIOUR. If we never again spoke or wrote the word love, all would know and recognize our love, or lack thereof, by the things we do for or against self and others. God and Christ said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If we are out of control and our behaviour is not Christ-like, we do not love self or mankind. It is that simple. 

Is it any wonder our young, and even most adults, have no concept of what truly is love, would not recognize true love if it bit them? We all are or have been guilty of blowing up love’s balloon until it pops then deflates into a totally ineffectual, meaningless word. Many months ago the Holy Spirit pointed out the abuse of love’s true meaning, then directed that the findings be shared with others as a Sabbath lesson for the Lord’s Day. 

In misusing and abusing the true, heartfelt use of this word, we have conditioned our minds to accept a reduction of its meaning to nothing more than an indifferent “like” for something or someone; thus, our words and behaviour convey this flawed definition to other people’s minds as well as the minds of our children. Our subconscious brain affects and controls exhibited behaviour in all things, and it does so based on words we either think or speak or have heard: both negative and positive. 

We have blown up the concept of love until, today, it has popped into only the act of sex; and, when this wanes in a relationship, as it was meant to do as a godly form of birth control, a couple assumes they no longer love each another. So, they decide it is time to divorce then seek a new love interest; not necessarily in that order. Therefore, adultery reigns supreme in this nation, justified by Christian denominations with a variety of unjustified excuses in twisting God’s Word: “There is a way that seems right to a man but it is the way to destruction.” 

This nation is known globally for its immorality flamed by fornication and adultery. So, it comes as no surprise that the United States has the highest divorce rate than any other country. Why? Because according to Christ, in Matthew 24:12, “Sin abounds, the love of many has become cold [indifferent].” Certainly the majority are unconcerned, despite profuse professions of love, inasmuch as, Christ explained in John 5:40, “The love of God is not in you.” If the love of God is not in a person, then he or she is marked for a pit of fire and brimstone; unless he or she chooses to repent. It is this simple. 

We have only to look to God for examples demonstrating love; to begin, I John 4:16 states, “God IS love.” In fact, the entire Bible speaks of God’s loving, merciful and righteous character; love and mercy reflected in His Royal Law of Love thus His righteous and just nature reflected in His Ten Statutes of Life; of which, according to God and Christ, love and righteousness and justice also must become our own character traits. Such a personality, if you will, has nothing to do with either this world’s things or man’s wicked inventions and vile behaviours: it has everything to do with our relationship with God as well as mankind. God’s love is again cited in Romans 5:5,8; II Corinthians 13:11,14; and I John 3:16

God IS Love; however, He further defines His love in Galatians 5:22-26 as:

1. joy;

2. peace;

3. longsuffering, which is patience;

 

4. gentleness;

 

5. goodness;

 

6. faith;

 

7. meekness;

 

8. temperance, which is self-control. 

 

Additionally, we are shown love is:

1) to speak Truth, Ephesians 4:15, which Truth Psalm 119:142,151 states is God’s Ten Commandments;

2) to sacrifice our flesh and spirit being to God, Ephesians 5:2, as Christ gave Himself for us;

3) to follow after righteousness (God’s Ten Precepts), godliness and gentleness by faith and love with longsuffering patience, I Timothy 6:10; and,

4) to have no fear, for perfect love casts out fear, I John 4:18; and,

 

5) to obey God’s Commandments, I John 5:3-5 and II John v. 6

 

In addition to God’s hatred of wickedness mentioned in Zechariah 8:17 and Proverbs 8:13 plus hatred of man’s wicked inventions, things, in II Chronicles 26:15-16; Psalm 99:8; 106:29,39; Proverbs 8:12; Ecclesiastes 7:29; and Romans 1:28-32; God’s Word further cites what is NOT LOVE: 

 

1) love of money, I Timothy 6:10-11;

2) loving the world and its things, I John 2:15-17;

3) love by word instead of by deed, I John 3:18;

4) and a lack of love violates God’s Law, I John 3:4-11, the same Law written by God’s own finger in the beginning, cited in Exodus 20:3-17 and Deuteronomy 5:7-14,16-21

 

True love has no heart for disobeying even one of those righteous, liberating Statutes; but, feigned love will pick and choose which to disobey and justify same by twisting God’s Word to suit one’s lifestyle: partial obedience according to convenience and a desire to fit into society, instead of total obedience from an all-consuming love that sets us apart from society and the world. 

 

The vast majority of professing Christians easily say God is Love but truly do not know or understand all the ins and outs of how He exhibits love; the same exhibition we are instructed to show the world: the operative word being “show, don’t tell.” God’s Love is shown, not only in the beautiful world He created for us or the fact His Son loved us so much that He willingly died a horrible death, so our past sins might be forgiven; but, God also revealed His love when He set out exactly and plainly what He expects of us, showed us how to do it by His Son’s living example; then, God told us exactly what the rewards would be IF we obey or disobey: life or death. Now, how fair is that? FAIR! 

 

More importantly, God shows His love by correcting and/or punishing His children in the here and now, when or if we disobey: better now than in the end; for while the wicked and filthy are not punished now, they will be utterly destroyed in the end for their lack of repentence. 

 

God IS the perfect parent, one every parent should copy yet so few do. Many parents today let others raise their children— schools, television, video games, the Internet, daycare and so forth— then complain when their child goes astray. These parents fail to teach, train and guide their kids from the cradle up; worse, many parents fail to discipline when necessary. 

 

Such parents “show” a lack of true love for their kids, then they wonder why that son or daughter one day shouts, “You don’t love me!” of “I hate you!” When children act out, are unruly, out of control, even destructive and easily lie, it is a child’s way of demonstrating a silent scream: “Love me enough to make me do what I’m supposed to do, because I don’t know what to do!” Thus, God our Father disciplines us when we are unruly, out of control, disobedient. 

 

God IS Love. He loves us so much that, when He corrects and/or punishes, our tears do not deter Him; and, He advises that we not be deterred by our kids’ tears. If only parents realized that, by withholding teaching and training and guidance as well as corrective punishment, they are enabling and even encouraging worse behaviour in the child. 

 

A child who is out of control clearly reflects parents who are out of control: it is as if they wear on their backs, for the whole world to see and all do see, a huge red neon sign saying, “I’M OUT OF CONTROL.” People and parents such as these are often called “control freaks,” because they attempt to control petty issues in everything and everyone around them, except self and their children. In their mind, sadly, they think this means they are in control. God deems them out of control. 

 

We are told in II Corinthians 2:8 and 8:8,24 to confirm and to prove, which is to provide evidence of, our love for God, Christ, and our fellow humans. Then, II Corinthians 5:14 explains that, when we truly love, we do not live for ourselves; rather, we live for God, Christ, spouses and children, and for serving our brethren. In not living for self, we make better witnesses for God, better husbands and wives, and become much better parents. Bear in mind: it is NEVER TOO LATE TO BECOME A BETTER PARENT and A BETTER CHRISTIAN. It is a matter of life and death, theirs and ours. 

 

I John 2:3, 3:22-24, and 5:2-3 tell us how to confirm, prove and provide evidence of our love: obeying God’s Precepts is the evidence that reveals we both know as well as love God, Christ and mankind. Revelation 12:17, 14:12, and 22:14 then confirm that the evidence we must present, to both God and mankind, is also the keys that open to us the gates of heaven thus giving us access to God’s tree of life therein. 

 

Once becoming aware of how we humans have destroyed the true meaning of love, we then should choose to closely monitor when and how we use this very important word: a word so vital that it literally means everlasting life or eternal death. We should no longer use it carelessly, using it only when we MEAN love in its truest sense, LOVE by God’s definition and by His standard that we demonstrate His character. 

 

Otherwise, we LIKE many things and people but should not covet them. Then, when we say we love God or Christ or all people, there are no gray clouds; veils that cause others to doubt or question our sincerity; for our total behaviour should match what we say and write, IF our expression of love is in Truth. This is to love even those who sin against us: love the sinner, hate the sin. This is God’s way. 

 

Everyone is urged to analyze and monitor their use of this awesome word spelled L—O—V—E; a word possessed of incredible power. Choose to eliminate its use, except where love really should apply. Confirm and prove your love first, by giving evidence of it to God and Christ, according to the evidence God requires by our behaviour; and thereby, the evidence of our love for mankind. Then we can know and feel what is truly love: how it looks and acts and speaks. 

 

As pointed out in the Sabbath lesson of 20 January 2007, “Talk the Walk, Walk the Talk.” Let the world see, without doubt, that you mean exactly what you speak and/or write; for love speaks only Truth, God’s Truth, and acts only in Truth. 

 

Love is gentle and patient; love does not beat around the bush and never lies or is deceitful in any manner; love paints our kettle as black as it is, then it is up to us to clean up the mess we have made of our lives; love heals and saves our spirit being within; and most of all, love within us has the power to heal and save others whom God has called: the wayward sinner, out of control children and their enabling, out of control parents. 

 

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I Hate Housework!

©copyright 2005 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

. . . But! I love a clean home. So, I don’t clean house: never scrub sinks, commodes and tubs or spend time looking for misplaced items. Think I have a maid? Nope. Instead, I keep a clean house. Does this sound redundant? Well, it really isn’t. Some call me Queen of Clean; but, more often, I’m accused of being obsessive-compulsive about cleaning: although, they’ve never seen me at the task. By definition and experience as a counselor, this would mean I’m cleaning round the clock what already is clean. Remember: I hate housework! Besides, with MS and a host of other maladies, I look for the easy way out.

I’m a typical Gemini with myriad interests, which I actively pursue; so, I’m not about to spend every waking moment cleaning: mother, grandmother, author, counselor, director of both TSaS and Lighthouse of Prayer; poet; personally maintain an acre of beautiful lawn and gardens; shopping, crochet; go out with friends, help others; and, amidst all these activities, my abode stays immaculate, laundry done, and even cook for myself as well as care for my ferrets— one ailing with cancer for the last two years.

Some might say, “Well, obviously, you don’t have a husband and kids to pick up after.” Well, I do have Cocoa and Princess; but, no, I don’t; albeit, for many years I certainly did— even used cloth diapers, instead of throw-aways, with three children— and nothing was any different then than it is now. My children were taught from the cradle up; and, any parent who isn’t doing this is in for a very bumpy ride and many disappointments as well as heartaches: not to mention kids who are ill prepared for adult reality.

I’d much rather spend my time doing things I love, such as playing with the kids; thus, over the years I’ve developed a number of tricks to maintaining a sparkling home with very little effort or time involved. How about approximately an hour each day, most times far less? What I offer here not only applies to our homes but our jobs as well.

The first trick is to look at chores or tasks in terms of minutes, as opposed to hours, the latter of which can be overwhelming and cause one to put off. Next, be well organized: everything has a place and everything in its place. You say you aren’t organized? Then get organized: one room at a time. It takes less time to return something to its place than it does to set it down willy-nilly, then later have to waste time just to find and put it away. Being organized aids speed; for efficiency organize closets, drawers, desks and cabinets.

Also, clean from the back of the house to the front, including vacuuming, carrying anything with you that needs to be put away, washed, or thrown away: such as an empty glass on the night table, carrying a bag to empty wastebaskets, etc. No backtracking. Dusting is the last thing done. As for husband and children: they should be a part of maintaining the home you each share— no one should be classified as the maid.

Remember I said I don’t scrub sinks, commodes/toilets or tubs/shower stalls. When finished with a sink, dry it out before hanging up the towel. Before drying self off and while still in the shower or tub, towel down the tub or shower including those shiny fixtures; which prevents corrosion and they always shine— within this couple of minutes, you already are dry: better for our skin to air dry, which prevents overly dry skin! This keeps fixtures clean thus scrubbing unnecessary. It also eliminates even the possibility of dangerous mold forming, which ultimately will get inside walls where it can’t be cleaned.

As for commodes, simply keep the brush nearby and every few days or so, when you happen to be there, swish it around the bowl then take a small bit of toilet paper to wipe of splashed moisture; which effectively cleans the seat and rim. Boys and men really don’t have to stand to do their business: besides, their aim is terribly off the mark! If they insist upon standing, then they should clean up their mess, including the spattered walls.

Another trick: do not wear shoes indoors. People really don’t mind removing their shoes inside the door when they know their feet or socks will not get black walking on filthy floors! Quickly vacuum daily as well as run a damp mop over tile floors: this also will prevent carpet and tile from wearing out, keeping it in like-new condition. I hate to waste money by having to replace something that, if it had been properly cared for, otherwise would not have needed replacing. I think of better ways to spend money. Nevertheless, if something gets spilt on the floor, immediately wipe up with a damp rag.

Every six months, dry shampoo carpets and strip tile floors of old wax. Apply a thin coat of Turtle Paste Wax for cars, buff it, then apply two coats of Johnson Clear Wax: the floors look like they have a sheet of glass over them and will remain this way with just daily damp mopping for the next six months— never any wax build up in corners, etc. This does not apply to self-shine tile or linoleum. About four hours work twice a year.

Laundry is done when a load accumulates: for those with children, it will mean doing at least one load daily— immediately folded as taken from the dryer and properly put away. Do not, under any circumstances, take out all the dry laundry and pile it somewhere else to be folded: this takes much more time and causes procrastination.

Clean up the kitchen as a meal is being prepared. This way, when dinner is finished, the only thing left to clean will be dishes on the table. Dishwasher: stack it as you go and run it only when full. Put clean dishes away each morning and begin stacking process again. Never leave dirty dishes in the sink. No dishwasher? Then wash them immediately, dry and put away. Procrastination occurs when things are left for later.

It’s okay to let a little dust accumulate. It isn’t necessary to dust furniture every day; perhaps, once a week. I have a lot of glass tables, mirrors, and fine woods: glass and mirrors clean without smearing if a cloth-wet-with-plain water is used, then dried with crumpled newspaper: Voila! No smears and no lint. A bit of Endust® or pure lemon oil on a soft cloth is great for dusting woods. I rarely clean glass and mirrors: if something gets splashed on them, immediately wipe and dry off; otherwise just dust.

And, the acre of lawn and gardens: Tuesdays I mow and Fridays mow and trim; always clean up the mower and Weedeater when done. This makes mowing not only easier and faster but it also prevents the grass from burning by cutting too much off the top AND assures that my weekend will be entirely free of work. When hand watering the gardens, I pluck up weeds as I see them. I fertilize the lawn every two months with Scott’s Weed and Feed®, and fertilize the gardens monthly with Rapid Grow Shake and Feed®.

About an hour to mow and another thirty minutes at most to trim as well as clean the equipment: so, in a week, I’ve spent perhaps 2.5 hours on the lawn. I’ll spend another couple of hours every three or four days hand watering both lawn and gardens, which allows me to pluck up weeds before they have a chance to take hold— as well as solve the world’s problems in the bargain. About 7 hours, in any given week, keeps this acre park-like. When I had just a small yard, I spent very little time keeping it beautiful.

No one need be a slave to housework— spending hours of backbreaking scrubbing and dusting and polishing— or maintaining lawns and gardens. With organization and a maintenance attitude, as opposed to a once-a-week-cleaning/mowing mentality, one can keep a beautiful house and grounds in very little time; time I am sure you’d rather spend doing other, more enjoyable things.

A week consists of 168 hours, less 42 to 56 hours for sleeping; depending on individual needs: at the least, 112 hours remain. From this total, I personally can deduct about 6 hours for the house and another 7 hours for the grounds, leaving a total of 99 hours to prepare meals, eat and do as I please. Your grounds may not be as large as mine; so, you might wind up with more free time than I do.

This equates to approximately 14.1 hours of free time each day! Okay, okay! I hear ya! You work a fulltime job of 8 hours plus commute time of, say 2 hours. You still have 4.1 hours of free time every day— that’s 1,476 hours of free time per year! More on the Lord’s Sabbath: because I do absolutely no work on that day, except in God’s Word, and neither should you.

Don’t clean house! Keep a clean house. . . THE EASY WAY! 

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13 October 2006 Posted by | Christian, Christianity, Helpful Hints, Homemaking, Housekeeping, Sabbath, Saturday, Self Help, Wives | 5 Comments

God’s Instructions for Study

Let God Tell You How to Study His Bible:  Lighted Bible

HOW: with prayer and by topic! Open my eyes, so I may learn the wonders of God’s law. (Psalm 119:18) Precept law must be upon precept; line upon line; here a little­, there a little. (Isa. 28:9-10) Search the scriptures; (John 5:39) Study to show yourself approved by rightly dividing the truth. (II Tim. 2:15) {This is to study by topic/subject, as opposed to simply reading the Bible from front to back} 

WHY: so…we don’t sin against Almighty God. (Psalm 119:11) Righteous people study for answers: (Prov. 15:28) Continue in God’s Word in order to be Christ’s disciples; and to know the truth and be set free. (John 8:31-32) Study to show self approved by God. (II Tim. 2:15) Study to understand doctrine, for reprimand, correction, for instruction in righteousness: so the person may be[come] perfect, completely strengthened to do all godly works like the Father is perfect. (II Tim. 3:16-17) And study to be quiet. (I Thess. 4:11) The word of God is powerful and He knows the true thoughts and intents of each person’s heart. (Heb. 4:12)—Why? Jesus said, “Be perfect as the Lord is perfect. Be Holy as the Lord is Holy.” {This is achieved by the How.}  

TRUST: Christ, the Holy Ghost and any one who studies, searches, rightly divides and…They speak only God’s Truths (II Sam. 23: 2), teach God’s law and Christ’s testimony: speaking only His words because there is light in them. (Isa. 8:20) Trust those spiritually mature. (Isa. 28:9) Trust anyone who obeys all and teaches all of God’s commandments. (Matt. 5:19) Trust any one obedient in all things, for they know the doctrine, that it is God’s. (John 7:17) Trust any of His witnesses of these things; and the Holy Ghost, whom God has given to all those who obey God. They always teach and preach Jesus Christ. (Acts 5:32,42) And they teach only God’s doctrine, godly edifying by faith, (I Tim. 1:3,4) teaching the words of Christ from the Old and New Testaments, and the doctrine of God teaching godly behavior. (I Tim. 6:3) 

9 August 2006 Posted by | Bible, Bible Related Articles, Bible Study, Blessings, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Church, Faith, God, Grace, Helpful Hints, Holy Spirit, Jehovah, Jesus, Love, Religion, Remnant, Salvation, Self Help, Spiritual, Spiritual Study, Theology, Truth | 4 Comments