Citizenship


How well do we know the qualifications of being a citizen in our country? Do we know the stories of our country’s history and that

 It is our faith that we must fortify, not our guns.

It is our faith that we must fortify, not our guns.

of our founding fathers? Likewise, do we know what is necessary for those of us desiring to be citizens of God’s government, the Kingdom of God in today’s world? Human governments require that its citizens learn and obey the laws of the land. This is also necessary for us who feel drawn, to come to know in a real and personal way, what it means to be included in God’s government, which is taking place at this present time.

Sometimes we do not take the time to think about God’s on-going Kingdom in the here and now. There are so many other earthly realities are clamoring for our attention. In our attention deficit shortcomings, coupled with our hyperactive activities, we get so easily distracted away from matters of our faith, the Bible, and all of God’s never ending promises.

Political campaigns capture our attention, especially if their messages affect our pocketbooks, or causes close to our heart. But among these causes, for those of us with faith, we need to place the care of our souls in the most prominent place in our hearts and minds, if we are to be good citizen’s in God’s government. We not only live as citizens of our countries, we live  citizens in God’s Kingdom, which will never end. This is important because in the end, God’s Kingdom conquers all other earthly governments.

Have we ever thought of this, in this way? The Bible gives good advice to follow.

John 15:10 says, “If you observe my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have observed the commandments of the Father and remain in his love.”

1 John 5:3,4 says, “ For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome, because everyone who has been born from God conquers the world. And this is the conquest that has conquered the world, our faith.”

This world we are conquering is not conquered by guns, war and bloodshed. Notice what is necessary: loving God with our whole hearts, and obeying the laws of God’s land. This “conquering the world” really means that we conquer our pride, and our own worldly agendas. We are conquering temptations, addictions, self defeating habits and attitudes, and everything which seeks to draw us away from growing closer to God. It is our faith that we must fortify, not our guns.

While worldly laws can be flawed, “the law of God is perfect,” says Psalm 19:7. Loving kindness and peace that knows no bounds is the result of knowing and following God’s laws, which is like the boundary of the lake. If the boundary was not there, the lake would become a marsh, or dry up altogether. This is what our lives can transform into when we ignore God’s 10 Commandments.

This is a very personal thing. I can write about it. You can read books about it. But this business about becoming a better citizen in the Kingdom of God here and now only happens when we turn our hearts and minds to the things of God, more than to the things of the world. It is our own personal study. It is our own personal faith. No one can do this for us.

A good online article for more research, is to check out the 8/15/12 issue of The Watchtower at jw.org.

Signs of Dark Enlightenment And Spiritual Light


Are we aware that we can have dark enlightenment? It is interesting to discover that many countries considered to be enlightened

If Satan were not the ruler of this world, would Jesus temptation in the desert those 40 days and fourth night been much of a temptation?I

If Satan were not the ruler of this world, would Jesus’ temptation in the desert those 40 days and fourth nights have been much of a temptation?

produce atheism, and equate God and the Bible with judgments, intolerance and a sense of being spiritually backward. What are the signs of dark enlightenment, and what should we do about it, if we are truly trying to find the light? Even enlightened people still search.  Why is this happening? What is the remedy to find the light of truth in our lives?

Let’s turn to 2 Timothy 3:1-5, which gives us the signs of the times to be watching for. “But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God,  having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.”

Sometimes we catch ourselves in these very same situations. We like pleasure, money, and heaven knows, we like to be right. The remedy here is not to stay stuck there. It takes humility to climb off our pedestal of pride, both with ourselves and others. We need to take a stand, or we will stand for every and anything otherwise, and be swept off with the popular opinion tide. No one of us is perfect. We all make mistakes. But it is an even bigger mistake to think or act like we never make them.

Ephesians 4:17-19 says, “So this is what I say and bear witness to in the Lord, that you should no longer go on walking just as the nations also walk, in the futility of their minds. They are in darkness mentally and alienated from the life that belongs to God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the insensitivity of their hearts.  Having gone past all moral sense, they gave themselves over to brazen conduct to practice every sort of uncleanness with greediness.”

 Remember why this is happening to us. Revelation 12:7-9 says, “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them any longer in heaven. So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devill and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.”

Notice God may be the creator of the world, but Satan is the ruler of this current system of things, instigating wars within our families and nations, that is, until God’s Kingdom rules once and for all over all the earth. 1 John 5:19 says, “The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” But as mentioned, this is the original serpent, the one who mislead our original earthly parents, is also the same one who is tempting us not to follow, or believe in God now. He may be the original serpent, but he is not very original. If Satan were not the ruler of this world, would Jesus temptation in the desert those 40 days and fourth nights have been much of a temptation?

It is a good thing that is not the end. The good news from 1 Peter 2:9,10  is, “ But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for special possession, that you should declare abroad the excellencies”  of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. For you were once not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not been shown mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him. Whoever exercises faith in him is not to be judged. Whoever does not exercise faith has been judged already, because he has not exercised faith in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. Now this is the basis for judgment: that the light has come into the world, but men have loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were wicked. For whoever practices vile things hates the light and does not come to the light, so that his works may not be reproved. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that his works may be made manifest as having been done in harmony with God.” John 3:16-21

Why Did Jesus Bother Coming To Earth? Repost


Jesus came to correct the lie of the ages. The greatest truth that Jesus Christ defends is God, his heavenly Father’s universal sovereignty. Since

Jesus was tempted in all ways, just like you and me, but faithfully fulfilled his mission as our Savior.

Jesus was tempted in all ways, just like you and me, but faithfully fulfilled his mission as our Savior.

the first lie perpetuated upon the once perfect paradise earth caused the first sin, God our Almighty Creator has had his sovereignty challenged. “No, you won’t get caste out of the garden if you eat that fruit. You will be as smart as God.” “No, you do not have to choose good over evil. Do what you want. It is all the same.” “No, there really is no devil, or evil. There is no heaven. You are God” “The devil is a fairytale.” “All is One. All religions are equal and the same.”

Jesus is a man on a mission. There has been an ongoing battle against God’s rulership since the beginning of man and woman on this planet. Yes, we do amazing and beautiful things, and the complete opposite on any given day, given our mood and motive. Jesus is single task oriented, completely obedient to his heavenly Father, even to a torturous death. His mission remains constant. He taught about the coming Kingdom of God to earth. What will that be like?

All countries in the world will face Jesus Christ and his heavenly forces in the final battle against God’s rulership, which battle is called in Hebrew Har–Magedon.

“And they gathered them together to the place that is called in Hebrew Armageddon.” Revelation 16:16

“They are, in fact, expressions inspired by demons and they perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty.” Revelation 16:14

“His eyes (Jesus’ eyes) are a fiery flame, and on his head are many diadems. He has a name written that no one knows but he himself, and he is clothed with an outer garment stained with blood, and he is called by the name The Word of God. Also, the armies in heaven were following him on white horses, and they were clothed in white, clean, fine linen. And out of his mouth protrudes a sharp, long sword with which to strike the nations, and he will shepherd them with a rod of iron. Moreover, he treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his outer garment, yes, on his thigh, he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.” Revelation 19:12-16

Why?

Jesus and his heavenly armies will strike down all forms of false governments, false religions, false gods, and all divisions not created by God the Almighty Creator of all. At the same time, Jesus will shepherd the faithful, those of us who stood the test of time, in the face of negative peer pressure, worldly ambition and greed. Your and my test is our loving, forgiving faithfulness to God our Father and Jesus, his first born Son; and to each other with no separation.

But before we pat ourselves on the backs prematurely, we need to take a closer look to align ourselves with what our Heavenly Father is asking of us.

Not all governments who proclaim they are just, are just.

Not all religions who profess to be the one true religion, are.

Not all false gods are the One True God.

If your country’s practice is to murder and kill your own, or humans of any nation, you will not be among those chosen for eternal life treasuring all human life which is made in the image and likeness of the One True God. The God who made your and my hearts, reads our hearts.

Obedience to God’s authority includes things like having no idols in our worship or in our lives, calling no man father (in religions) except our Heavenly Father, forgiving one another, turning the other cheek, not going to war (and not justifying why we do), not pitting one side against another, loving one another with the human dignity regarding the entire human race, not just men, but women too; not just one race, but all races; not just one religion or nationality, but all people everywhere without division.

Are we the Almighty Creator God’s obedient children, or are we disobedient, and proud of it?

Are our lives a mirror of compassion and love beyond all human understanding, like our Heavenly Creator, the God of All, who sent Jesus to redeem us once we had been cut off from God, by our own sin? Jesus came to show us how to love. Jesus came to show us the way, of forgiveness, mercy, prayer and how to live. We have a short window of a grace period, of God’s undeserved kindness, left before Jesus comes back to earth, in order for you, me and every nation and human ruler to submit to God’s rulership over all creation. We either deny God, or profess God through our thoughts, words and actions. There is no other option.

“In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite.” Daniel 2:44.

This inspired prophecy occurred over 2,500 years ago by the prophet Daniel, warning about the absolute outcome for all human governments today. And it specifies that unlike our human governments since the beginning of time, God’s Kingdom to come will have no end, ever.

Man-made national boundaries and prejudices will no longer exist.

“I saw heaven opened, and look! a white horse. And the one seated on it is called Faithful and True, and he judges and carries on war in righteousness.” Revelation 19:11

Armageddon is the coming of God’s heavenly Kingdom of God to earth. Armageddon is not one country against another country in today’s world, nor about who controls Jerusalem, nor about who has control over women, gold, oil, or any other creation of God.

Jesus told us that God’s Kingdom will supercede all other governments, rulers, presidents, Kings and Queens. This is Armageddon. God wins this one. Imagine a world with no political, social, financial or any other kind of border. Imagine the beautiful interaction of humans actually loving each other with genuine kindness.

This is where paradise is restored to earth.

Human Rights Worldwide


Let us take a deeper look at human rights in every country in Africa, Russia, the Far East, the Middle East, the Near East, North America, Central

God is closer to you than your nest breath.

God is closer to you than your nest breath.

America, South America; and every other country in the northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere. Human rights are God-given rights. Human beings have a right to life by virtue of being born. Birth is a gift from the One God, Creator of All. Birth is not merely a biological function of intelligent, stupid, rich or religious human beings. We are also not made to be manipulated by others, on any level.

There is a way to have relationships with other countries in this world that do not involve conflict and war. This way is based on neutrality. But this way of neutrality and non-competition, is based on all of the things Jesus promoted for peaceful and loving living. However, there is no way to solve any of the problems in the world today without being God-centered. No man can lord it over any other man, woman or child in any country. This is only a temporary fix, and a very costly one in the eyes of eternity.

The placebo of a solution does not mean having a manmade war as if you, me, or whoever else, is generating Armageddon by our very own selves. This does not mean that the mightiest among us wins. Might is not right. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the richest among us who wins either, despite what it looks like now. The Almighty God in Heaven is not so weak as to be in need of you and me to fight his wars for him, financially, religiously, nor with the suppression of other human rights. There is something we are forgetting.

Each of us is loved by the God who created each one of us. We are loved first, before we take our first step, before we take a side by creating a division of thought. God is closer to you than your next breath. No human being gave you and me our right to life. No human being, has any right over your adult selves. You and I have a right to our thoughts, opinions, choices and actions.

Women have God-given rights, to life, to education, to religion, and to reach for the sky, as they feel God their Almighty Father created them to. Women “own” themselves. No real man can ever “own” any woman. Abuse is not an option for women. All women of the world need to know this.

The rich in this world are getting richer, while the poor are getting poorer. This is no accident. The rich in every country are pooling resources, resulting in a diminishing middle class, and keeping the poor wanting. But this does not mean we join forces with class warfare, and keep the caste system because we have the upper hand. Who do we really think we are? The God who made us sees all.

You and I do not need someone else’s permission to be ourselves. We also have every right to reassess our religious views. What do we believe and why? No one owns your faith but you.

Divisions in this world will not exist in the New World. You and I will not need to kill anyone in this world to get our way, or to make things (what we feel is) right. We will either be living the loving kindness that Jesus promoted, the Golden Rule, and forgiving one another, or we will not be living that way when the Kingdom of God comes to Earth. God’s Kingdom is already reigning in Heaven. Jesus is already seated at God’s right hand. God in Heaven wins this one folks. God promises all who have died a resurrection, and that is what we will all get, both the righteous and the unrighteous. Those of us not living as Jesus told us to live, will not be remembers in the New World, but those who do, will be rewarded with everlasting earth on a paradise earth.

The Transformation Of The Earth


The transformation of the earth into a lasting paradise is part of the divine purpose that has not yet been accomplished, but will be accomplished. TruthEverything that God has promised to take place, has taken place, except for his last promises, which include the earth as well as earth’s inhabitants. God promises to give an earthly paradise to humans for our enjoyment. This is part of God’s original plan. God is forever. God is faithful. Every one of God’s promises, including a paradise earth, is unchangeable. This is very encouraging news in light of today’s tragic forecast for the earth, apparently wearing out like a garment.

So many religions today foresee nothing but gloom and doom for the earth. But this is not accurate, according to the Bible, just as true today as the day it was written. One has to only to look at the many prophecies foretold centuries before they happened, to check the validity of the scriptures. The earth will not succumb to pollution, depletion of the ozone layer, nor even Armageddon. No, after God gives all of us, both individuals and nations, the chance to follow God or not, God promises to restore the earth into a beautiful paradise, for those who choose with their own free will to follow God. There is hope for all of us.

For a deeper look into the promises God has made to us concerning the future of the earth, check out the August 15, 2006 edition of The Watchtower, which can also be found on jw.org. Here are some excerpts for your inspiration on this matter.

“The Bible clearly speaks of a future paradise on earth. For example, the prophet Isaiah described the earth and its inhabitants in this way: “They will certainly build houses and have occupancy; and they will certainly plant vineyards and eat their fruitage. They will not build and someone else have occupancy; they will not plant and someone else do the eating. For like the days of a tree will the days of my people be; and the work of their own hands my chosen ones will use to the full.” (Isaiah 65:21,22)  The Jews, to whom God gave these promises, were certain that their land—indeed, the whole earth—would one day become a paradise for mankind’s everlasting benefit.

 “Psalm 37 confirms this hope. “The meek ones themselves will possess the earth.” Psalm 37:11 This verse is not talking about just a temporary restoration of the nation of Israel to the Promised Land. The same psalm specifies: “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” (Psalm 37:29)  Note that this psalm says that everlasting life on earth is to be a reward for “the meek.” In a French Bible, a comment on this verse says that the word “meek” “has a far wider meaning than is apparent in translations; it includes the unfortunate, those afflicted or persecuted for Yahweh’s sake, humble hearts that are submissive to God.”

This is the Psalm Jesus was quoting from when he gave his famous Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:5.

Human Rights Include: Women’s, Men’s, Children, Age, Ethnic, Cultural, Economic, Race, Creed, Gender/LGBT, Disabilitiy, Political, National, Global ~ Repost


If you are a member of the human race anywhere on planet Earth, no matter which country you are from, no matter if your country is at peace or in turmoil, no matter if your government is democratic or not, no matter what classifications you can come up with to label yourself or others as “different,” each and every one of us is born with human rights endowed to us by the Source of all life, however you scientifically or religiously of philosophically believe that to be. Our beliefs are our human attempt to understand with our finite minds, the infinite generator of all life everywhere*.  It is not our belief system that makes a fact a fact, or a belief a fact. So, I encourage all of us to relax and breathe, as we broaden the scope of our understanding here, pondering ideas and concepts that might be outside the realm of what has been handed down for us to believe, in those neat and tightly closed boxes of our minds. The Human Rights discussed here refer to the rights of all human beings in our global family, in every situation, without exemption, in every country existing on this Earth in this moment in time. The Human Rights discussed here are not dispensed by people with power, wealth, fame, political affiliation or religion. The Human Rights discussed here supercede personal, social, national and global interests.

Women’s Rights are not separate from all Human Rights. Men’s Rights are not separate from all Human Rights. Children’s Rights are not separate from all Human Rights. Age discrimination which forces senior citizens from employment opportunities is not recognized in all Human Rights. Ethnic and Cultural Rights are not separate from Human Rights. Human beings from every Economic status are not separate in any way in all Human Rights. Every Race upon this living Earth is not separate from all Human Rights. Every Creed is not separate from Human Rights*.

*THE GENERATOR OF ALL LIFE IS THE KEY. Any person or group who does not value the gift of this life, and seeks to destroy life under the guise of a Creed, life as it was given to us by virtue of our birth, is not included as having human rights, because their sole purpose in this life is to destroy Human Rights. This article addresses the promotion of all Human Rights, which are God given.

All Gender Rights are not separate from Human Rights, specifically all Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered (LGBT) Rights are not separate from Human Rights. All Disability Rights are not separate from all Human Rights. Every person on the face of the earth has Political Rights, which are not separate from Human Rights.  National Rights for every country in the world are not separate from all Human Rights*, as long as each nation rises to the call to promote life, and honor the lives of all human beings everywhere. Global Rights are not separate from all Human Rights.

Every person has a right to exist. Every country has a right to exist. The Earth has a right to exist.

There is room on this planet for everyone. There is enough food on this planet for everyone. There is enough work on this planet for everyone. There is enough education on this planet for everyone. There is enough help on this planet for everyone.  There are enough resources on this planet for everyone. There is enough goodwill on this planet for everyone. There is enough tolerance on the planet for everyone. There is enough peace on this planet for everyone. There is enough problem solving on this planet for everyone. There is enough creativity on this planet for everyone. There is enough forgiveness on this planet for everyone. There is enough love on this planet for everyone.

There is enough of everything on the planet to take care of everyone’s need, but not their greed.

God does not need us to be inhumane to those who have a different belief, creed, race, color, age, culture, gender, physical ability, political affiliation, employment, education, or any other division we humans come up with to think that we are “different” from others. God certainly does not need us to kill others we do not believe or think the way we do.

It is one thing to make individual choices of how we want to live our lives. It is quite another thing to play God.

God is not so feeble as to need us to do his job.

Our job is to love.

Emotional Stability ~ Decision Is The Answer ~ Moods Follow Thoughts ALWAYS


Decision making is the stable anchor to the emotional storms that brew on the popular tides of drama and outrage that carry us out to turbulent seas. Making firm decisions, and sticking

Balanced Stress Stops Panic Attacks

Balanced Stress Stops Panic Attacks

to them in times of emotional upset is like the eye of the storm around us. It is possible for us to have chaos all around, yet remain calm and in control, as long as we realize that we are in control of ourselves, and no one else. We are not puppets, unless we choose to be.

How many times do we find ourselves playing the victim to life’s drama, or the martyr? Sometimes we are in the midst of chaotic situations, and conflicting options by ever changing life situations; while other times we can find ourselves playing out our part in our own or someone else’s drama. Do we realize how much we are drawn into someone else’s drama by our own choices? Do we see patterns of habitually being drawn into others drama, or do we find ourselves in the all too familiar role of self-inflicted drama ourselves?

Let someone else dare to have a different opinion that we have, and there lies the negative seeds of conflict. Water these with our thoughts, and there we go, off again to our next dramatic event, triggering our own self-sabotage emotional wound. Poor us.

It does not have to be this way. You and I are not victims to life. On one hand we know this. We jump on the band wagon of the power of the positive thinking train, and can quote with the best of them, all the modern day guru ideologies. But our train can get derailed, and sometimes can get totally off the track, if we do not take better care of our own emotional health. How can we do this?

Helpful tips for stronger emotional health:

*Just because someone else is mad, sad or any other negative emotion, does not mean that you have to be too. This is not compassion, nor empathy

* Now is not forever

* In overwhelming situations, the thing to remember is, “People before things”

* Moods follow thoughts, ALWAYS. If you don’t like how you are feeling, change how you are thinking

* Jump off the merry-go-round of dysfunction, drama, and anything we do not want in our life

* Decide from now on, exactly what and who we want in our lives

* Life is too short to be manipulated or abused by others

* We are in control of our own life, not other people

* Stop being a people pleaser. It is not our job to sacrifice our own happiness in order to make other people happy

The bottom line is, it all starts with making a decision of what we want in our life, and sticking to it.