This is how I fought it. I took large amounts of vitamin c, elderberry, cut large peices of garlic put them in my sinuses to kill any infection, drank hot liquids – hot soups, teas, hot lemon water, used sinus flush daily, washed and sanitized my hands frequently, drank fire cider vinegar w/o sugar, took quercetin and vitamin c, drank tonic water with quinine, drank oil of oregano, sprayed my room and areas with rosemary oil, tea tree oil and anise, cleaned my handles phone or any surface I was touching. Avoided all unclean foods. These are the things I did in the natural.
The most important thing I did was pray🙏 And read my bible.
When more than one person comes to you with words that were spoken from a naysayer. Let the naysayers nay say. They are used of the devil to distract you. The only way they can get to you is it your pride is wounded. I know what they say may hurt you. But it’s more your ego being wounded.
Jesus kept walking with the heavy cross on his shoulder as they screamed at him obscenities and all kinds of false accusations. He kept going to his final destination. If he lost his focus dropped the cross tried to defend himself Or took the time to retort or retaliate he never would I’ve made it to where he was supposed to be.
Recently it was continuously brought to my attention that there were people talking about me in a very negative way. The same people have talked about many others. They have their critical judgments and self-righteousness where they feel that I’m not good enough to do what I do. But all glean from what I’m doing. The enemy will use anything to stop you even your peers. I’ve prayed for better friends truer friends. But God wants me to be faithful to the ones I have now. There are times when you are more friend to someone then they are to you. You have to be ok with that. Let Jesus be your best friend so you can both laugh and what the devil is trying to use against you.
So if I get caught up in what they have to say I’m not doing what I have to do because I’m distracted and thinking of how it is I could defend myself.
When I was getting upset about the things I heard. I prayed God what is it and why is it they were saying these things. He showed me they are jealous and we’re not mature enough do you understand me. That I could continue to sow my seeds into their lives without taking any mind to their negativity.
Basically, I was to ignore them just like Jesus did when the crowd screaming at him. None of us have had the battles Jesus has had. So why should we gripe? It’s just like with a bully you have to ignore what they are doing for them to stop. When your focus is so forward what’s beside you if it’s not guiding you to where you need to be it needs to be ignored.
We are to cast our cares on the Lord so take what they say to the cross bring them to Gods attention. Take nothing they say personally. Be about the Lords business. When you do even your enemies will be at peace with you.
The founder of the church of Satan said that by dressing up, either by wearing a costume or coloring oneself for Halloween, is tantamount to worshipping the devil.
Anton LaVey, the founder of the church of Satan, himself declared that by dressing up, either by wearing a costume or by coloring oneself in celebration of Halloween, signifies that you allow Satan to own you. He further said that when you adopt the pagan practices, you subconsciously dedicate yourself to the devil. He took joy in Christians who take part in the tradition, saying:
I am glad that Christian parents let their children worship the devil at least one night out of the year. Welcome to Halloween.
LaVey’s statement is corroborated by a former Satanist, John Ramirez, who said that when you dress up even as an angel or a mermaid for Halloween, “you give the devil the legal rights to change your identity.” Ramirez further warned that there’s a much darker reality in Halloween beyond costumes and candy. The former Satanist turned Christian pastor said in an interview on CBS News (October 20, 2018):
I was a general to the kingdom of darkness in witchcraft. I would sit with the devil and talk to him like I’m talking to you today. It was that kind of communication. It was that kind of relationship.
With more than 2.2 billion adherents, Christianity comprises about 31.50% among all the organized religions in the world. And, based on a CBN News Facebook survey, 87% expressed that Christians should not celebrate Halloween, while 13% believe that there’s no problem celebrating it.
Christians are taught to be the light of the world. In one of the Scripture passages, we are instructed thus:
You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly father.
Therefore, Christian believers have the moral responsibility to educate their children regarding the evil that comes with Halloween pumpkins, costumes, and the Trick-or-Treat tradition. Adults should likewise lead by example to the young ones.
The origin of Halloween can be traced back to the Celtic festival of Samhain. It’s a tradition held at the end of summer when sacrifices were made to the gods in Druid tradition. The adherents believed that Samhain, the god of death, scattered evil spirits during this time throughout the world to attack humans. These evil spirits play nasty tricks as soon as the dark winter and the waning of the sun set in.
To escape the attack, humans would assume disguises and make themselves look like evil spirits, too.
Halloween is also the favorite time of year for witches, or the advocates of Wicca. Wicca is the official religion of witchcraft. Wiccan adherents believe that on the night of October 31, the separation of physical and spiritual realities is at its thinnest and least guarded. And so, it’s the best time for those who have necromantic abilities to speak to the dead.
Pagan Halloween and Christian tradition
As Christianity spread through Europe, it came into conflict with the indigenous pagan beliefs. The organized church basically challenged the established customs by trying to introduce Christian alternatives. Although Christianity gained some converts, many were adamant. And so, the missionaries succeeded only in “Christianizing” pagan rituals. They were only able to introduce Christian symbols and practices to the pagan traditions, like the All Hallows Eve remembrance.
The missionaries injected the All Saints’ Day concept into the pagan Halloween celebration. They introduced the evening before All Saints’ Day as All Hallows Eve, when the time of solemn remembrance of the martyrs begins. The term was derived from “Hallowed”, which means holy. All Hallows Eve was shortened to “Hallow-e’en”, which eventually became “Halloween” over the years. The only difference between the two practices is that the early Christians’ observance of the Halloween never involved wearing costumes. It was rather a solemn event focused on prayer and meditation.
Sadly though, the pagan practices held a remarkably strong influence that some of the new converts were unable to abandon their old customs altogether. Over the years, other Christians adopted those customs, too. Besides, commercialization came into play. Thus, the practice of trick-or-treat, costumes, adornments, and make-up or body coloring is very much alive even up to the present.
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Christians are actually capable of reversing the evil of Halloween if, and only if, each one would live by the teachings of the One on whom they profess their faith. Parents should teach their children the appropriate way to commemorate All Saints Day.
Nila EslitNila Eslit is a Philippine-based freelance content writer, editor, and copywriter. She also writes book reviews. She received a baccalaureate in Mass Communication from St. Theresa’s College, Cebu, Philippines
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 https://bible.com/bible/1/jhn.16.33.KJV
According to some theologies God would never punish you for wrong doing. I beg to differ, my God chastises the ones he loves. If you are in error you should rejoice in the trials because in them you are made stronger in them. God needs us to walk in truth not error. If a child puts his hand in the fire it will get burned. You can warn that child they will stick their hand in and get burned anyway. We kick our own butts.
God allows us to have free will if we walk in our own ways we kick our own butts. God created us to have parents to lead and guide us Did your parents punish you? Did they spank you?
Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
That’s in old testament because he’s the same today is he was yesterday.
Hebrews 12:6,”For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” …
This is the new testament because he’s the same today, as he was yesterday.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2-3). This may seem difficult — but I urge you to commit your problems to God and ask Him to help you grow spiritually stronger through them.
The book of Joel describes terrible locust plague as judgement of God. In 2020, locusts have swarmed in large numbers in dozens of countries, including Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Eritrea, India, Pakistan, Iran, Yemen, Oman and Saudi Arabia. When swarms affect several countries at once in very large numbers, it is known as a plague.
Desert locusts, or Schistocerca gregaria, have often been called the world’s most devastating pest, and for good reason. Swarms form when locusts’ numbers increase and they become crowded. This causes a switch from a relatively harmless solitary phase, to a gregarious, sociable phase. In this phase, the insects are able to multiply 20-fold in three months and reach densities of 80 million per square kilometre. Each can consume 2g of vegetation every day – combined, a swarm of 80 million can consume food equivalent to that eaten by 35,000 people a day.
The locust invasion that swept over farms in rural Kenya from December 2019 has left farmers like Ndavu not only counting crop losses, but struggling with emerging environmental and health problems. The swarms have been the worst seen in Kenya for 70 years, and experts are concerned that swarms later in the year will be even larger.
In the Bible, God afflicts ancient Egyptians with ten plagues for their sins. One of them was the plague of locusts. Of the ten plagues, the eighth one was that of locusts. Moses warned the Pharaoh that God will send so many locusts that they will “cover each and every tree of the land and eat all that is there to be eaten”. Every time the Pharaoh refused, a fresh plague was inflicted upon his kingdom.
The other plagues were equally scary: The river Nile’s waters turning into blood, frogs, lice, flies, mass livestock die-offs, boils, hailstorm and fire, darkness for three days and finally, the death of every firstborn, human or animal, in ancient Egypt.
If we look closely, some eerie examples begin to emerge that reflect a crisis of Biblical proportion! Let me explain. There are the locusts, of course. Interestingly, their route into India has been via Africa. They have travelled with the winds from East Africa over the Red Sea (whose waters Moses parted) to the Arabian Peninsula; and from there over Iran into Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
Like the river Nile’s waters turning red, the waters of two of the Ecuadorian Amazon’s most important rivers has turned black after two pipelines carrying crude oil burst. This has caused grave hardship to the indigenous people, who are already on a fire-fighting mode due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Ah…yes, how could we forget COVID-19. Just like the pandemic, one of the plagues that afflicted the ancient Egyptians mentioned people developing boils all over their bodies. And then, there was the plague of mass die-offs. The COVID-19 disease has also spread misery and death across the globe. Even the animals including tigers, dogs and cats are threatened by it.
There was also the plague of hailstorm and fire. The world in 2020 has already seen the fires of Australia and the Amazon in 2019. This year, it has seen the cyclone Amphan, which has devastated large parts of India and Bangladesh.
As for the three days of darkness, similar scenes were seen recently in the Sahara Desert in Africa. Niamey, the capital of Niger, turned red recently. Why? Because it is the Harmattan season when dry winds blowing across the Sahara pick up sand and leave behind deposits (of sand) across regions falling on their path. It may be seasonal, but the photographs that emerged from Niamey were nothing short of apocalyptic.
This morning exhausted from working three jobs not having my day of rest I’m feeling drained. My devotional started with trust in the Lord with all those heart, lean not on thine own understanding, in all your ways aknowledge him and he will direct your path. In the morning I use three apps for Bible study and then I read the Proverb of the day for wisdom. The second app I opened was on entering into God’s rest.This devotion started with on the 6th day you shall work on the 7th you shall rest. I immediately looked up the definition for the word shall. It means -expressing a strong assertion or intention. God puts a string emphasis on the just one day of rest. God himself rested on the 7th day.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Yesterday morning I was barely able to listen to my church online because I had to be in at 11:30am. The little bit I did listen to filled me with joy. It was noticable and my coworkers said you’re in a good mood. As they grumbled and looked like sour pusses because they don’t have what I have. By the end of the day everyone was cranky. Weekends are busiest so that would be understandable. But I was seeing it was much deeper than that. Managers put in extra long days and are the crankiest of them all. The manager on call snipped at me for no reason. Then I saw him inside snipping at his girlfriend because she didn’t do something right. I said I think you’re working too much His eyes softened as knew I identified where his attitude came from. I realized by the end of the day I was feeling cranky too. The environment really gets to you. And I believe the lack of rest does too. I’m needing to give my two weeks notice and trust God to build my business I make in one hour what I do in 7 hours at this job. God has to come first in order for anything to fall in place.
I started reading these two articles that did deeper studies on the rest of God. And I’m adding the link to First 15 another app that the message was based on the rest of God.