My Pet Peeve – Asking Me “Are You Busy???”
I’m sorry, but this has got to be one of the most irritating questions I get asked.
Are you busy?
Usually by a friend or family member needing my time for something.
“Are you just sitting there, sucking up oxygen, doing nothing with your time, wasting your life away, taking up space, with not a single thought in your mind?”
Yes… that’s exactly what I’m doing (That’s sarcasm, for the less mentally adroit among us)
Of course, I’m busy… I’m alive!!!
I might be busy working, playing or resting; I might be busy thinking, day dreaming or just observing nature but there is never, ever going to be a time in my life when I’m not busy being physically, mentally or spiritually engaged in life… I’m always busy and so should you!
Sometimes my wife might observe me sitting there, completely relaxed with a blank expression on my face for several minutes and in her mind I’m totally wasting time doing nothing.
Unknown to her at that very moment I’m mentally engaged in vigorous debate with myself concerning some philosophical issue of utmost importance or I might be in conference with the Holy Spirit receiving the answer to a question I asked Him 20 years earlier, literally receiving the revelation to one of the mysteries of the universe… I’m not even kidding, this has happened multiple times.
Here’s the deal, if you need my time and attention for something and I deem it important enough I will gladly stop whatever I’m busy with and redirect my efforts toward you and your cause, because you are important to me.
Just come and ask for what you want, but please do not preface your request with – “are you busy” – that’s extremely annoying!
I will always be busy, but I will make the time to serve you in whatever capacity you need me to… because you are worth it.
Just don’t engage me with inanity and we’ll be fine 🙂
I just watched a video on Facebook where a Pastor was rightfully denouncing racism and racist people. (See video here)
But afterward, he sort of apologized for using the word “Stupid” and it got me thinking… As a Christian, is it wrong to point out someone’s stupidity?
What follows is my understanding of scripture on this matter:
Did you know being stupid is a sin and Christians are called to denounce sin?
“The thought of foolishness is sin…” Proverbs 24:9
“Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all…” 1st Timothy 5:20
The Dictionary Defines Stupid as – Having or showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense.
The Dictionary Defines Foolish as – Lack of common sense or good judgment; unwise.
The Dictionary goes on to describe foolish as: Senseless, vacant, vapid, simple, witless, fatuous, silly, inane, stupid and asinine.
We can see from the above definitions that being foolish and being stupid are synonymous.
So, why are the definitions of these words important?
Because the Bible uses the word Fool or Foolish almost 200 times to warn people NOT to be foolish (stupid).
Paul, the Apostle called the Galatians foolish – Gal 3:1
Jesus called the disciples fools – Luke 24:25
Moses called the Israelites foolish – Deuteronomy 32:6
God called an entire nation foolish – Deuteronomy 32:21
The New Testament word translated here is “Anoetos” and means, “Unintelligent, Unwise.”
The Old Testament word Translated here is “Nabal” and means, “Senseless.”
There is one verse (Matthew 5:22) that needs special attention.
In the KJV Jesus said, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”
On the surface, this verse seems to contradict my position, however, deeper study is necessary for the truth to unfold.
The Contemporary English Version of the Bible translates this verse as:
“But I promise you that if you are angry with someone, you will have to stand trial. If you call someone a fool, you will be taken to court. And if you say that someone is worthless, you will be in danger of the fires of hell.”
The New living Translation says:
“But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”
Comparing these translations helps to clarify what Jesus is actually saying.
Clearly He’s not just talking about calling someone a fool because He does exactly that in Luke 24:25 and He cannot contradict Himself (neither can He sin).
The Hebrew word translated “fool” in Matthew 5:22 is NOT he same as in the other verses, it is the word “Moros” which means; impious, godless and useless.
This word specifically expresses condemnation.
Thus, it’s clear in Matthew 5:22 Jesus is NOT referring to calling someone a fool but rather condemning someone for their moral character, which only God can legally do.
The problem is, the Bible says we do have the power of death and life in our mouths, so when we condemn someone we are actually pronouncing a curse upon them.
In Matthew 5:22, Jesus is specifically talking about judging and condemning someone for their value as a human being, someone whom God has fearfully and wonderfully made in His own image and likeness.
In essence, this is a personal reproach and an insult to God… hence the danger of hell fire.
The bottom line of this issue is this…
You do not need to apologize for pointing out someone’s stupidity if, in the spirit of love, your intention is to warn them or others away from it.
God thought warning people about stupidity was so important He devoted entire Books of the Bible to it… According to bible categorization there are 5 specific Books of Wisdom, chief of which is the Book of Proverbs.
The first 4 verses of Proverbs clearly outline it’s purpose:
“These are the wise sayings of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
They show you how to know wisdom and teaching, to find the words of understanding.
They help you learn about the ways of wisdom and what is right and fair.
They give wisdom to the child-like, and much learning and wisdom to those who are young.” (NLV)
To summarize, the purpose of this Book is to get you to stop being stupid and start being wise.
Pointing out someone’s lack of wisdom is neither here not there, what makes it right or wrong is the motive of your heart.
Are you pointing out someone’s stupidity to insult them and boost your own ego? This is Wrong!
Are you pointing out someone’s foolishness to warn them or others away from it and toward wisdom? This is Right!
Hearts On Fire
(Marriage Is Honorable In All and The Bed Undefiled – Hebrews 13:4)
Two hearts meld and beat as oneSkin to skin, hot to the touch
Swaying hips wanting so much
Ruthless passion, righteous lust
A whispered caress, a gleeful thrust
The feel of authority, the need to submit
Milking a moment… every drop of it!
We two, ordained; not by chance
Pleasure each other in this erotic dance
Bodies swaying in sweet ecstasy
Minds merging in pure harmony
Lost… In a dream existence,
Swept… Without resistance,
Freely… We bond and share
Perfect love casts out fear
Hearts on fire, it started with a kiss
Two hearts merging in orgasmic bliss!
Copyright ©1995 Everest John Alexander
My Love, my Dove, my Undefiled
Precious Jewel of The Nile
My heart, it beats for you my dear
Priceless Treasure beyond compare
Joy erupted my heart did bow
When we exchanged our Covenant Vow
It’s a match that’s blessed for sure
No doubts, no fears, I am secure
Your words like dew drops of the night
Forms a blanket that wraps me tight
Lips like lilies drenched with wine
Your covenant love is mine oh mine
Lights like diamonds in your eyes
Only your touch, my nature rise
Gazing upon your face and form
Within my heart there brews a storm
From your breasts I feel your fire
And it explodes my own desire
I search for your lips, yours find mine
We feed the need and on the love-feast dine
Beneath your Venus-Mound a flame
When I enter I forget my name
I ride the wave till it breaks the shore
Surface for air then dive once more
Passion and fury is ignited
As we ride this storm united
Body and soul celebrates love
As our union sends praise above
Giving ourselves unselfishly
Strengthens our bond of fidelity
So come my love let’s prove tonight
True covenant loving is dynamite!
Everest John Alexander
Copyright ©1999 Everest John Alexander
Be Wise and Shine
Fallen Human Nature dictates that human beings automatically fear the unknown, distrust the unfamiliar and hate the uncomfortable.
When you become Born Again your inner nature is changed from mere human to incorporate the divine, so you take on an unknown and unfamiliar quality to your being.
Thus the unsaved become uncomfortable in your presence.
This is the reason they naturally hate and distrust you as a Christian… You make them feel uncomfortable in their sinful condition.
This natural animosity from the people of the world should be seen as a stamp of approval and a badge of honor for the Born Again Believer.
It is the unmistakable result of the supernatural transformation you have undergone and should be received with godly pride.
Jesus said, “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first” and He said “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” (John 15:18 NLT) (Matt 5:11 NIV)
Notice, He didn’t say, you WILL be blessed, He said you ARE blessed.
The reason you ARE blessed (Present Tense) is because this animosity is evidence of your translation from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.
Their very reaction to you testifies to your new citizenship and inheritance in glory.
But here’s the sad thing about this…
When average Christians begin to receive negativity from their unsaved co-workers, family and friends, instead of seeing it as something positive, they begin to feel uncomfortable themselves and because their minds are not yet renewed they react like a natural human being to this uncomfortable feeling.
They don’t like feeling uncomfortable so they begin mirroring the habits and lifestyle of their unsaved friends to fit in with them.
They begin dressing like the world and talking like the world in order to appear like them so their non-christian friends will no longer feel uncomfortable in their presence and accept them as one of their own.
In so doing, however, they sabotage their own purpose and derail their destiny.
The Bible says if you love the world, you do not love God and are His enemy. (James 4:4 ) (1 John 2:15)
Average (Carnal) Christians do a great disservice to their unsaved loved ones by not reflecting the glory of God and accurately representing Jesus Christ to them
This is because their testimony might have been the only thing to draw that unsaved loved one into the kingdom of God.
Do you understand, Christian, that when you live like your unsaved friends and when you support their ungodly doctrines and lifestyle you are shutting the Door to the Kingdom of God in their face?
You’re already safe inside but lack the courage to live in such a way that you hold the Door open and invite them to come inside the Kingdom with you.
On Judgement Day they will look you in the eye and call you a liar and a traitor for not living according to the truth inscribed on your own heart and not telling them the truth that could have saved them from Hell.
Millions are pouring into Hell each day and there is something we Christians CAN DO about it… We can live like we really believe the Bible and tell our friends and family members THE TRUTH IN LOVE!
“Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.” Jude 1:23 (NLT)
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise.” Pro 11:30 (AKJV)
“Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.” Dan 12:3 (NLT)
Be wise and shine!
May God give us each the grace to fulfill our purpose and destiny… In Jesus Name!
Which World Do You Live In?
3 Keys to Success in Life
Most humans live in the fantasy world of the Princess, the Dragon and Prince Charming
They alternate between being the Princess, needing to be rescued and Prince Charming, the Hero of their own story
In their make-believe world they’re NEVER the Dragon
That’s always someone else, stopping them from achieving their goals and blocking their path to happiness
But this is not reality…
In the real world everyone is a Princess, a Prince Charming AND everyone has some Dragon in them too
The 1st key to success in this real world is:
A. Identify the Dragon in you
B. Learn what feeds it and what starves it
C. Make it your mission in life to starve it to death
Key #2… When it’s your turn to be the Princess, be humble enough to accept help from others gracefully
Key #3… When someone actually needs you to be their Prince Charming don’t run from the challenge but face it with dignity and courage
This is a sure path to success in the real world
~ Everest John Alexander
If you believe Homosexuality is wrong… Does that make you a Bigot?
Have you seen the video with the older white gentleman waiting tables at a restaurant who refuses to serve a black man based on his own religious beliefs?
The disguised message here lies in replacing the Black Man with a Gay Person.
The creator of the video is trying to equate being Black with being Gay.
And so, supposedly demonstrate that being offended by homosexuality is somehow equal to being racist.
This type of mind manipulation and deception can easily confuse the uninitiated but for those who are grounded in the Word of God and have an accurate understanding of the principles of the Kingdom of God… not so much.
There is one fundamental truth that will expose this as a weak ineffectual argument designed to befuddle the ignorant and attempt to legitimize homosexuality…
You can read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and find nowhere that being black offends God.
But read the same Bible and you will find multiple places both in the Old and New Testaments where God categorically states that homosexuality is an offence to Him and must be NOT be practiced nor accepted under penalty of judgement!
This single truth makes that entire video a load of bilge, worthy of no consideration whatsoever!
Mature Christians who have actually read their Bibles and understand the principles of God’s kingdom recognize the errors and lies perpetrated by this video and categorically reject it and it’s deceptive message.
We will not be deceived nor bullied into accepting that which clearly offends God.
Homosexuality is wrong and will never be legitimized nor accepted by God and mature Bible-believing Christians.
Love the Sinner – Hate the Sin
Having said this I believe it is equally important to clearly state that being homosexual does NOT make someone a monster or worthy of hate.
On the contrary, this same God who states that homosexuality is a sin is the same God who became a Man and died for homosexuals and for the sin of homosexuality.
He did this so that those who are plagued by the spirit of homosexuality and deceived into accepting this philosophy and lifestyle as their own can be delivered and saved.
Saved first from a life devoid of true intimacy with God and second, from an eternity outside of His loving fellowship.
We mature bible-believing Christians say to you homosexuals – WE LOVE YOU – With all the love of God poured into our hearts by Jesus Christ.
We accept you as fellow Human Beings, worthy of LOVE and RESPECT!
We accept YOU… but we do not and never will accept an ideology and practice which we know is ultimately detrimental to you… because we truly love you.
We love you enough to tell you the truth, even if that truth offends you.
We prefer to risk offending you now and have you live in eternity with God than not offend you now but lose you forever!
Message to Christians
To you, Born Again Christians who say you believe the Bible but accept homosexuality as right.
Please consider this:
1) You are NOT doing anyone a favor by sugar-coating the truth or just plain denying it.
You are helping the enemy to keep your loved ones in bondage and damning their souls to a Christless grave.
On their Judgment Day they will spit in your face as a Hypocrite and a Liar who never truly cared about them and loved them with GOD’S love.
Yes, you may love them with Familial love – that of a parent to a child or Brotherly love – absolutely!
Nobody can deny that, but that kind of love will NOT see them delivered and saved!
That type of love can only go so far… and no more!
They need the kind of love that will risk offending them to see them set free and able to live a life that truly pleases God!
2) At the Judgement Seat of Christ, you will have to face the same God who died the most horrible death to rescue these people from the bondage of homosexuality.
You will have to answer to Him for your duplicity in saying you believed the truth but lived a lie.
Christian, it is really a selfish thing to be more concerned with maintaining the satus quo of your relationship than risking offence by telling your gay friend or family member the truth.
May God give us, Christians the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Christ and the courage to always speak the truth.
May God grant grace and repentance to those suffering under the burden of the sin of homosexuality and truly set them free!
What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality?
Bible Verses that guide us on how to deal with Homosexuals and Homosexuality:
(Unless otherwise stated, all Scripture verses are taken from the New Living Translation of the Bible)
These verses below are for everyone but particularly for those who practice or accept homosexuality as right:
“Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin. Leviticus 18:22
If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense. Leviticus 20:10
The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching. 1st Timothy 1:10
Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality. 1 Corinthians 6:9
That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. Romans 1:26
And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. Romans 1:27
They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too. Romans 1:32
No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:5
These verses below are for everyone but particularly for us Christians who already know that homosexuality wrong:
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8
Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Ephesians 5:2
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:8
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4 (New American Standard Bible )
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. Proverbs 11:30 (New American Standard Bible)
Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. James 5:20 (NIV)
Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives. Jude 1:23
Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever. Daniel 12:3
God bless you!
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She touches a trembling hand to her stomach and is at once transported to another time and place, then back again. Somehow the phrase “wide awake in a dream” dances behind her closed eyelids as she becomes increasingly intoxicated with the aroma that seeps through her pores and fills her very being.
Her consciousness is heightened as she sees sounds gliding on currents of air. Colors merge forming new, impossible hues making everything infinitely bolder, brighter; more uniquely distinct. She’s aware of everything and everyone yet nothing distracts her.
One speck in a human mass, she squeezes his hand for reassurance. Is this really happening? His hug says, “Yes, I feel it too.”
Her heartbeat quickens as she senses the mounting tension and instinctively knows the time is drawing close.
He warms to the realization that he is here. This is real, no rehearsal, no going through the motions but knowing true emotions as he feels more deeply, more passionately than he’s ever felt before.
This is true life, real living.
He remembers the life before, but only just, his role in eternity’s drama and how he performed. With mounting anticipation he ponders his new role, but this present reality consumes it all. There is no anxiety, no confusion, only a profound sense of immediacy.
He wants to run yet he’s rooted with joy.
His body is stationary, his mind is ablaze. New thoughts, new insights, new modes of understanding; an invisible elixir has broadened his ken.
He embraces the new and the now.
Two of them, in a sea of humanity, contained yet connected to everyone else. A common bond that welds each heart; connecting, uniting every part, a shared consciousness, a single purpose, to celebrate the One who defines “Rapturous”.
Every fiber vibrates in harmony, every member moves in synchronicity, thoughts and emotions coalesce naturally as the atmosphere silently explodes. There’s the hushed rumble of a thousand thunders as a Glory unfolds that both time and eternity has ached for. The soul of the Cosmos weeps with joy as the Son triumphantly ascends His throne.
He begins the welcome.
They stand before Him naked yet clothed, bodies covered, souls exposed. He gazes upon their form as though for the first time. Long and deep His eyes pierce through and it’s as if each tiny thought and every small nuance of emotion rises to the surface of their minds for scrutiny. Individual memories surface, they’re surveyed and purified. Every motive is examined and tried.
What He must think of us, they wonder, then He smiles and their souls launch.
They take flight as every strand of their being soars on wings of ecstasy, basking in the glow of His Glorious Presence.
He stands up and their eyes widen in awe. He descends toward them and they drop to their knees. He draws nigh and they can hear their synchronous heartbeat as though providing musical accompaniment for each footstep.
They sense the warmth of His proximity now; a warmth that is not felt by their skin as it is perceived by their spirit. They dare not look, but their hearts tug at them to steal an upward glance.
They look into His eyes and see visions; they behold a boy of twelve who spoke like an Ancient, a cheeky youth with the soul of a Mystic, a carpenter’s apprentice who taught like a Prophet. A young man who embodied innocence yet wielded the Power of God.
They worship Him.
He stretches His hands to them; they rise. He draws them close and the universe around them disappears as the beating of His heart so close to theirs become their only focus. His hands gently rest on their shoulders as He leans between them and whispers… Thank You.
Life stands still, time rewinds itself and fast forwards again. They relive their entire lives in the blink of an eye, this time with foreknowledge of purpose. Their souls once soaring on high finally alights within them. They are rooted, grounded in secret knowledge, given a new name and advanced to a higher Order.
He steps back now and they look at Him with new eyes.
They see as he sees – Nothing is hid from them! They finally understand, as every former question is answered and a new level of consciousness is attained.
“My good and faithful parents,” He says, “Well done, enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”