Daily Archives: September 6, 2018

September 6: Faith for Every Moment

Hosea 13:1–14:9; Acts 6:1–15; Job 17:1–16

Sometimes it’s tempting to imagine ourselves as the hero of a dramatic scene where we’re called upon to give an account of our faith. But in real life, every action and every moment of our lives is a witness—even the ordinary ones. Stephen, a leader in the early church, knew this to be true.

Stephen was appointed by the apostles to care for widows in need because he was “full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5). People recognized his witness because he was faithful when no one was watching. His devotion brought him to a place of influence and leadership in the community.

But Stephen didn’t limit his witness to one area of leadership. In the next verses, we find him witnessing about Christ by performing great wonders and signs. That’s when he came under fire, and his response was above reproach: “And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking” (Acts 6:10). His opponents could not find a way to accuse him, so they resorted to spreading rumors (Acts 6:11). But even when Stephen stood accused before the Sanhedrin, he remained firm. Luke describes him as having “the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15), signifying that a sense of peace permeated his witness, where others might have been fearful or defensive.

It’s easy to think our witness matters only for world-changing events, but we’re in the spotlight all the time. Knowing this, we should be intentional about the way we interact in the small things and in the present time. Pray to be faithful, wise, and full of the Spirit for every moment.

How do you need to change your perspective on your witness?

Rebecca Van Noord[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

September 6 Standing Firm

“Stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:11).

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Keep your spiritual armor on at all times.

Every battle has an offensive and defensive strategy. Paul outlines the Christian’s offensive strategy in 2 Corinthians 10:3–5: “Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

Our defensive strategy is to rely on Christ’s strength and put on our spiritual armor (Eph. 6:10–11). Paul was probably chained to a Roman soldier when he wrote to the Ephesians; so he had a ready illustration of spiritual armament at hand. But unlike Roman soldiers, who removed their armor when off-duty, Christians must remain fully protected at all times. That thought is captured in the Greek word translated “put on” in Ephesians 6:11, which carries the idea of permanence—putting it on once and for all.

“Stand firm” in verse 11 translates a military term that speaks of holding your ground while under attack. When properly employed, your spiritual armor serves as a lifelong companion that enables you to fight against the forces of evil and to do so without retreat. Just as Jesus personally instructed the churches in Thyatira and Philadelphia to hold fast until He returns (Rev. 2:25; 3:11), so He also instructs us to stand our ground without wavering.

Similar New Testament exhortations call us to hold fast to Biblical truth (1 Cor. 15:2), to that which is good (1 Thess. 5:21), to our confidence in Christ (Heb. 3:6), and to our confession of faith (Heb. 4:14). Those are marks of a strong and stable believer against whom the schemes of Satan have little effect.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Is there an area of your Christian life in which you’re not standing as firm as you should—perhaps prayer, Bible study, or personal ministry? If so, confess it to the Lord, and begin to strengthen that area today. Don’t give Satan a weakness to attack.

For Further Study: Memorize 1 John 4:4 as a reminder of God’s power in your life.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 262). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Profiles in Treason: Robert Mueller – The Long History Of This Crooked Cop…

– And Remember, Mueller Had All Mention Of Islam Purged From FBI Terror Training Manuals!

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Another Deep State proponent that has created havoc over the past two years is Robert Swan Mueller III. An impressive name for the present Special council whose sole purpose is to do whatever is possible to take down Donald Trump. He works tirelessly, but not for the truth that the American people need to know, but for the opportunity of impeachment of our sitting President. It is an investigation looking for a crime where none exists based on a dossier that was never verified or corroborated and was used to lie to the FISA court without any hearings on its validity.

Melania Trump accuses anonymous op-ed writer of ‘sabotaging’ US

First lady Melania Trump on Thursday criticized the author of an anonymous New York Times op-ed critical of President Trump, accusing them of “sabotaging” the country.

“If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves,” Melania Trump said in a statement to The Hill.

“To the writer of the [op-ed] — you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions,” she added.

The first lady joined a slew of other high-ranking aides

in pushing back against the op-ed, in which a senior administration official bashed President Trump and described a group of “unsung heroes” who have fought the president’s “worst inclinations.”

Melania Trump, who has publicly disagreed with her husband on a number of issues in recent months, highlighted the importance of free speech in her statement but lamented the increasing use of anonymous sources.

“Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices people hear about in today’s news,” she said. “People with no names are writing our nation’s history. Words are important, and accusations can lead to severe consequences.”

Source: Melania Trump accuses anonymous op-ed writer of ‘sabotaging’ US

1 in 4 Americans & almost half of millennials deleted Facebook in wake of privacy scandals – study

After Facebook was accused of censorship and hammered by privacy scandals, a new study has found that one in four Americans have deleted the app from their phones. Among young people, this number is even higher.

Source: 1 in 4 Americans & almost half of millennials deleted Facebook in wake of privacy scandals – study

Revenge: Trump Threatens “Deep State” With Declassification “To Find Additional Corruption” As GOP Allies Call For Release

One day after the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed alleging that a cabal of “resisters” within the White House is actively subverting the Commander in Chief, President Trump threatened to declassify documents which might uncover “Additional Corruption,” right as his GOP allies on Capitol Hill are calling on him to use his Presidential authority to declassify and release reams documents related to the DOJ’s Russia probe.

The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going Crazy – & they don’t know what to do,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning, adding: “The Economy is booming like never before, Jobs are at Historic Highs, soon TWO Supreme Court Justices & maybe Declassification to find Additional Corruption. Wow!”

In particular, Republican Reps. Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz and Lee Zeldin have asked Trump to declassify more of the heavily redacted FISA surveillance warrant on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in late 2016. They also want Trump to release all of the official notes filed by twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr, whose cozy relationship with former UK spy Christopher Steele has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks.

The GOP legislators are also seeking the declassification of “other relevant documents” according to Zeldin’s office.

The GOP lawmakers intend to formally announced [sic] their push on Thursday at a press conference. Trump has long backed his allies’ complaints that the Justice Department has withheld sensitive documents that might expose bias behind the Russia probe, which was launched in July 2016 by the FBI. In January, he agreed to declassify a memo crafted by GOP staff of the House Intelligence Committee that officially confirmed, for the first time, the existence of the Page surveillance warrant. That document had been reported in media but not formally acknowledged by the FBI. –Politico

Wednesday’s anonymous Op-Ed, which the Times claims was written by a “senior official in the Trump administration,” has drawn harsh rebuke from both sides of the aisle and appears to be backfiring spectacularly. While Trump and his supporters have naturally rejected the Op-Ed as everything from “fake news” written by a “coward” (and possibly an outright fabrication by the Times), the editorial has received surprising pushback from notable left-of-center figures.

As we noted Wednesday night, Jessica Roy of the Los Angeles Times responded to the NYT Op-Ed within hours, writing: “No, anonymous Trump official, you’re not ‘part of the resistance.’ You’re a coward” for not going far enough to stop Trump and in fact enabling him.

If they really believe there’s a need to subvert the president to protect the country, they should be getting this person out of the White House. But they’re too cowardly and afraid of the possible implications. They hand-wave the notion thusly:

“Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.”

How is it that utilizing the 25th Amendment of the Constitution would cause a crisis, but admitting to subverting a democratically elected leader wouldn’t?

If you’re reading this, senior White House official, know this: You are not resisting Donald Trump. You are enabling him for your own benefit. That doesn’t make you an unsung hero. It makes you a coward. –LA Times

Meanwhile, Glenn Greenwald – the Pulitzer Prize Winning co-founder of The Intercept, also called the author of the op-ed a “coward” whose ideological issues “voters didn’t ratify.” 

Greenwald continues; “The irony in the op-ed from the NYT’s anonymous WH coward is glaring and massive: s/he accuses Trump of being “anti-democratic” while boasting of membership in an unelected cabal that covertly imposes their own ideology with zero democratic accountability, mandate or transparency.

So with the left, right and center all calling the anonymous op-ed a coward, and President Trump suggesting everything from a pure fabrication to the “Deep State” using their “Fake News Media” vehicle against him, one has to wonder exactly what’s stopping him from releasing the very documents which would expose more of what many are convinced has been nothing more than a charade.

Source: Revenge: Trump Threatens “Deep State” With Declassification “To Find Additional Corruption” As GOP Allies Call For Release

SEPTEMBER 6 WEAK IN DISCIPLESHIP

Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

Hebrews 13:13

The absence of the concept of discipleship from present-day Christianity leaves a vacuum which men and women instinctively try to fill with a variety of substitutes.

One is a kind of pietism—an enjoyable feeling of affection for the person of our Lord, which is valued for itself and is wholly unrelated to cross bearing.

Another substitute is literalism—which manifests itself among us by insisting on keeping the letter of the Word while ignoring its spirit. It habitually fails to apprehend the inward meaning of Christ’s words and contents itself with external compliance with the text.

A third substitute surely is zealous religious activity. “Working for Christ” has today been accepted as the ultimate test of godliness among all but a few evangelical Christians. Christ has become a project to be promoted or a cause to be served, instead of a Lord to be obeyed! To avoid the snare of unauthorized substitution, I recommend careful and prayerful study of the lordship of Christ and the discipleship of the believer!

Dear Lord, I pray that there will be a growing interest in our churches to implement training strategies that will help believers take their relationship with Christ to a new, higher level.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Kavanaugh hearings, Times op-ed, Woodward book make it official — Washington elites have gone mad — Christian Research Network

“What this week reveals is that the Washington elites have gone mad. They have not only lost touch with the real life struggles of the working men and women of America whom they despise.”

(Steve Hilton – Fox News)  If you’ve been living your life rather than following the latest circus in Washington, you may have missed the fact that the Swamp’s chief scribe has a new book coming out. Or maybe you’re unaware that some anonymous, arrogant Trump administration staffer who no one voted for has written in The New York Times about how he or she feels entitled to overrule a president elected by the American people according to the Constitution.

It turns out Bob Woodward doesn’t have a flattering view of President Trump. It also turns out that there really is a deep state conspiracy to thwart President Trump’s agenda, organized by his own administration’s appointees. Stop the presses! I think we knew that already.

What’s more illuminating than Woodward’s gossipy, exploitative book or the pompous, self-important preening of a presidential aide is the D.C. media and political establishment’s obsession with covering its own pathetic palace intrigue.

It certainly reminds us of the very worst of Washington – the focus on style over substance, the personal over policy. But it’s even more serious than that. Political appointees (or civil service bureaucrats, for that matter) who actually take pride in subverting the democratic will of the people exemplify the frightening authoritarianism we face at the hands of an entrenched ruling class determined to cling to power regardless of who wins actual elections.  View article →

via Kavanaugh hearings, Times op-ed, Woodward book make it official — Washington elites have gone mad — Christian Research Network

Student Kicked Out Of Class For Asking Feminist Professor How Women Are Simultaneously ‘Powerful’ And ‘Helpless Victims Of Patriarchy’ — The Babylon Bee

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Tenured professor of Abstract Gender Theory and renowned sociologist, Dr. Caryn M. Richards, was confronted with a puzzling criticism from one of her first-year students.

The inquisitive student, Greg Johnson, was perplexed by what seemed like a contradictory position held by his professor. “One second, she was arguing that women are entirely capable of surviving without men,” Johnson explained. “The next, she was insisting that women are oppressed victims of an ‘inescapable patriarchy.’ So, I asked how both could be true.”

Students in the class describe Dr. Richards’s initial reaction as one of complete shock. “She just stood there with her mouth open and her hands on her hips,” one student told us on the condition of anonymity. After a full sixty seconds of silence, students allege, Dr. Richards “lost it” and yanked Johnson out of his chair.

“Typical intolerant male!” Dr. Richards reportedly yelled as she dragged Johnson from his collar into the hallway. “TOXIC MASCULINITY, BEGONE!”

Johnson regrets voicing his confusion. “I now know when she asks, ‘Have any questions?’ she really means, ‘Don’t say a word unless you accept everything I say without hesitation.’ Lesson learned!” Johnson told reporters as he adjusted his neck brace.

Johnson has since apologized to his professor, his class, as well as the entire student body, claiming that his question came from a place of “subconscious misogyny” and that he won’t let it happen again.

via Student Kicked Out Of Class For Asking Feminist Professor How Women Are Simultaneously ‘Powerful’ And ‘Helpless Victims Of Patriarchy’ — The Babylon Bee

The US would be in a bigger mess under Clinton than it is under Trump, historian Niall Ferguson says

A Hillary Clinton presidency would have been even more disruptive that the current Donald Trump administration, historian and prolific author Niall Ferguson told CNBC on Thursday.

…An anonymous op-ed published by The New York Times on Wednesday painted a chaotic picture of the way President Trump runs The White House. It detailed an ongoing effort within the U.S. government to essentially derail Trump’s agenda.

That followed a preview Tuesday of an upcoming book written by veteran journalist Bob Woodward that quotes unhappy administration insiders and says the Trump team is enduring a “nervous breakdown of executive power.”

“I actually think the United States would be in an even bigger mess if she (Clinton) had won,” said Ferguson before adding that the U.S. is undergoing catharsis by getting the “massive piece of disruption” that it voted for in Trump.

The senior fellow at Stanford University also said that Trump’s base support remains on-board with the president, but may at some stage wonder if they have taken a gamble too far.

Ferguson added that Trump was not a king or an emperor and that there were 63 different agencies working to administer the United States.

“When you look at what they are up to, it is a different story. The Trump administration’s economic policy has not been a disaster, contrary to the predictions of some economists who said there would be a complete market meltdown,” Ferguson said, adding that in fact the market had “melted up.”

On foreign policy, Ferguson said Trump had changed policy on China, North Korea and the Middle East and that most of the changes should be considered improvements.

Media bias

Trump has issued attack after attack on certain portions of the media, claiming that there is bias against right-wing policy.

Ferguson said Trump’s longstanding complaint that The New York Times and The Washington Post hold an agenda against him “would probably be true,” but rejected the idea that they would publish fake news.

“The attack on the mainstream media is just a reenactment of the Nixon presidency. Richard Nixon used to say the exact same things about The New York Times and Washington Post,” he said.

On Trump’s recent attacks on the likes of Facebook and Twitter, Ferguson claimed that the president and his supporters have turned on Silicon Valley after realizing that social media bosses are “never going to let the 2016 general election happen again.”

Source: The US would be in a bigger mess under Clinton than it is under Trump, historian Niall Ferguson says

The SATANIC Teaching of Replacement Theology: Does Your Church Teach This?

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Most of us have heard of the false teaching called Replacement Theology. This article is for those who either have never heard of it, or have had this preached to them Sunday after Sunday and just figured that it was biblical.

I’m here to tell you – It’s a lie from the pit of hell.  This teaching has caused more Anti Semitism than any other false teaching regarding the Word of God!

Replacement Theology (RT), has been around for centuries. The term used by theologians is supersessionism. The church supersedes Israel. Theologians have cited the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD as proof that God was finished with the Jewish people.

It has always amazed me that churches who teach RT completely ignore some critically important words by the apostle Paul in Romans 11. I would HIGHLY recommend that you read all of Romans 11 (9 and 10 as…

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September 6, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump’s vice president and secretary of state on Thursday both said they did not write an anonymous column in the New York Times that asserted that many senior officials are part of “a quiet resistance” within the administration.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would be willing to shut down the U.S. government if Congress does not provide enough funding for border security, reversing a stance he took a day earlier.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will face a final barrage of questions on Thursday in a multi-day U.S. Senate confirmation hearing, as Democrats press him on his independence from the man who nominated him, President Donald Trump.

The U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general will meet this month to discuss concerns that social media platforms are “intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas.”

India’s top court scrapped a colonial-era ban on gay sex, in a landmark judgment that sparked celebrations across India and South Asia, where activists hope to push for similar reform.

Five migrants drowned and 193 were rescued in the western Mediterranean sea off the Spanish coast, the Spanish coastguard said on Thursday, after six rafts sank.

Washington will consider waivers for Iranian oil buyers such as India but they must eventually halt imports as sanctions are imposed on Tehran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

Russia wants closer military and security ties with Vietnam, President Vladimir Putin told the general secretary of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong.

Iraq’s main seaport closed down on Thursday following clashes between protestors and security forces in the nearby southern city of Basra in which one demonstrator died and 25 were injured the previous night.

Severe flooding in North Korea has killed at least 76 people with nearly the same number missing and thousands left homeless by the destruction, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said on Thursday.

Media company CBS’s board is in settlement talks with Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves and has offered about $100 million exit package, CNBC reported.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid fell to near a 49-year low last week and private payrolls rose steadily in August, pointing to sustained labor market strength that should continue to underpin economic growth.

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World shares fell for a fifth straight day on Thursday as investors braced for another escalation in a trade war between the United States and China, while emerging-market currencies paused near 15-month lows.

An Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai is being isolated at a New York City airport after reports that as many as 100 people on board could be sick, officials said.

Ethiopia reopened its embassy in the Eritrean capital on Thursday, state media reported, the latest step in restoring ties after the two nations ended decades of conflict.

International calls mounted Wednesday to avoid a “massacre” by regime forces in Syria’s last rebel-held province of Idlib, two days before a summit between key powers backing the government and opposition.

China will train Afghan troops on Chinese soil, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Beijing said, describing the military cooperation as an effort to fight al Qaeda and Islamic State militants bent on attacking China from its western neighbor.

The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey meet Friday in Tehran for a summit expected to shape the future of Idlib province, home to Syria’s last major rebel bastion.

The United States warned the Security Council on Wednesday that Nicaragua is heading down the path that led to conflict in Syria and a crisis in Venezuela that has spilled into the region – but Russia, China and Bolivia said Nicaragua doesn’t pose an international threat and the U.N. should butt out.

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A military court in South Sudan has sentenced 10 soldiers to jail terms ranging from seven years to life for a rampage in which a journalist was killed and foreign aid workers raped.

Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido was hit by a powerful earthquake, magnitude 6.7, triggering landslides that engulfed houses.At least nine people have been killed and about 40 are missing. The quake cut power to around three million homes after a thermal power plant was damaged.

The son of a Boston police captain has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for planning a terror attack. The FBI described Alexander Ciccolo, 26, as a “committed soldier” of the Islamic State terror group.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has donated $10m to an independent political action group (super PAC) focused on electing military veterans.

Paraguay’s new government has announced that it will move its embassy in Israel back to Tel Aviv – just three months after shifting it to Jerusalem.

The world’s largest working offshore wind farm – covering an area equal to 20,000 football fields – has opened off the coast of Cumbria.

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More than one in four people have deleted the Facebook app from their phones, a figure that gets a lot higher when you focus just on 18- to 29-year-olds (44 percent of whom say they’ve done so).

Japan has announced for the first time that a worker at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant died after suffering radiation exposure.


News – 9/6/2018

Poll: 89% of Israeli Jews don’t see peace in 5779
According to the monthly Peace Index poll of the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, 89% of Israeli Jews see “the chances that in the year soon to begin there will be a positive breakthrough in Israel’s relations with the Palestinians” as low. The Arab public, too, shares this pessimistic perception but less so, with 71% responding that the chances of such a breakthrough are slim.

Researchers ‘teleport’ a quantum gate
Yale University researchers have demonstrated one of the key steps in building the architecture for modular quantum computers: the “teleportation” of a quantum gate between two qubits, on demand.

One killed, 32 missing after quake paralyzes Japan’s Hokkaido island
At least one person was killed and 32 were missing, Japanese media reported, after a powerful earthquake paralyzed the northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, triggering landslides and knocking out power to its 5.3 million residents.

Fast-growing Northern California wildfire forces evacuations
The latest fire spread to 2,000 acres (809 hectares) by Wednesday evening, forcing the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office to evacuate residents along a stretch of Interstate 5 north of the town of Lakehead to the Siskiyou County line, according to the government wildfire tracking website Inciweb.

Hurricane Florence upgraded to Category 4 storm as Gordon moves inland
Florence, the first major storm of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, was upgraded to a Category 4 storm Wednesday as forecasters warned it could cause “life-threatening” surf and rip current conditions in Bermuda later this week. According to the National Hurricane Center, Florence’s maximum sustained winds are estimated to be 130 miles per hour.

Trump Demands NYT Give Up Anonymous Official For ‘National Security’ Reasons
Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source? If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once! “The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States. He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people.

Sessions threatens antitrust against tech giants
Shortly after executives from Facebook and Twitter testified Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Justice Department announced a meeting with state attorneys general to discuss “growing concern” about censorship by social-media platforms, suggesting they are violating antitrust laws.

Haley: ‘Deal of the Century’ fate is in Abbas’s hands
The fate of the United State’s peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the hands of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, US Ambassador to the United Nations told reporters in New York. When quizzed by a reporter if the “deal of the century” was possible, Haley immediately responded: “Only if Abbas comes to the table.”

India court legalises gay sex in landmark ruling
In a historic decision, India’s Supreme Court has ruled that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence. The ruling overturns a 2013 judgement that upheld a colonial-era law, known as section 377, under which gay sex is categorised as an “unnatural offence”. The court has now ruled discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a fundamental violation of rights.

Japan hit by deadly earthquake and mudslides
Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido has been hit by a powerful earthquake, triggering landslides that engulfed houses. At least eight people have been killed and about 40 are missing, say local media reports. The magnitude 6.7 quake cut power to around three million homes after a thermal power plant was damaged.

Paraguay and Israel in spat over Jerusalem embassy
Paraguay’s new government has announced that it will move its embassy in Israel back to Tel Aviv – just three months after shifting it to Jerusalem. President Mario Abdo Benítez, who was sworn in last month, said he wanted to help achieve “a just and durable peace” in the Middle East. In response, Israel said it would close the Israeli embassy in Paraguay.

Four UFOs are spotted flying over US president’s Scottish golf course
Four UFOs were spotted flying over US President Donald Trump’s golf course in Scotland. A golf fan shared a picture of the mysterious objects, seen in the sky above a Scottish flag at Trump’s Turnberry club in Ayshire. Alongside the snap on the UFO Stalker website, he revealed his niece had taken the picture from the balcony of the room at the luxury resort at around 8pm on August 16.

Fears rise, diapers vanish: Iran currency crash causes chaos
Iran’s rial fell to a record low on Wednesday as worried residents of Tehran lined up outside beleaguered moneychangers, part of a staggering 140-percent drop in the currency’s value since America pulled out of the nuclear deal only four months ago. Those who went to work at the start of the Iranian week on Saturday saw their money shed a quarter of its value by the time they left the office Wednesday.

Justice to convene meeting on whether social media companies are ‘intentionally stifling’ free speech
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has scheduled a meeting with state attorneys general in September to discuss a “growing concern” that tech companies may be “intentionally stifling” the free flow of ideas on their platforms. In a statement issued right after executives from Facebook and Twitter finished testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Department of Justice (DOJ) also suggested that the platforms were running afoul of antitrust laws.

NAFTA talks make progress; U.S., Canadian officials to work into night
The United States and Canada have made progress in talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement, and officials from the two sides will work together into the night to flesh out areas for further discussion, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said…Freeland sounded upbeat as she emerged from a day of talks with top U.S. trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer…

Satellite images show damage at Syria site from raid attributed to Israel
Explosions destroy two large hangars and reveal tunnel entrances leading underground, says imaging service

FLASHBACK: The UK allows Muslim doctors and nurses to opt out of strict hygiene rules – putting their patients at major risk
Female staff who follow the Islamic faith will be allowed to cover their arms to preserve their modesty despite earlier guidance that all staff should be “bare below the elbow”.

The US tells Israel to please refrain from striking Iranian targets in Iraq, and leave it to the United States – will the Jewish State listen?
US officials have warned Israel not to strike Iraq after officials signaled that the IDF could target Iranian military positions in the country.

Czech government tells its citizens how to fight Islamic terrorists: Shoot them yourselves
A “SUPER holocaust” committed by Muslim terrorists is on its way and everyone should buy guns to defend themselves, the Czech Republic’s interior minister has controversially claimed as he tries to rush new gun laws through parliament.

Germany in shock as 10 year-old boy is raped by his fellow Muslim migrant classmates…Police REFUSE to press charges
The migrants had repeatedly threatened the boy with rape between classes at the Schloss Kröchlendorff school before finally committing the crime, according to the school’s representative.

SHAMEFUL: Starbucks kicks paying customers out of their shop for wearing shirts that they deemed offensive to Muslims 
A Starbucks in Houston ejected paying customers for wearing T-shirts stating “I’m an Ex-Muslim, Ask Me Why.”

Sinister ‘Momo’ Online Game Linked to Children’s Suicides in Colombia 
The sick ‘Momo’ challenge game that continues to sweep across South America, Asia, Mexico, France, Germany and the United States, has claimed the lives of two more children.

WALSH: The Left’s Demonic Obsession With Abortion
Brett Kavanaugh was grilled on his abortion views during his confirmation hearing today. Abortion enthusiast Dianne Feinstein tried desperately to corner Kavanaugh on the topic. At one point, in a fit of hysteria, a feverish Feinstein claimed that over a million women died from illegal abortions before Roe. That number is made up and ridiculous, and it also pales in comparison to the very real 60 million babies who have actually been killed by abortion after Roe. The abortion industry has slaughtered so many humans that its defenders have trouble inventing a body count to compete with it.

Shingles vaccine responsible for causing huge number of shingles cases, vaccine injuries
Zostavax, a popular shingles vaccine, is in hot water: The inoculation has been tied to numerous cases of vaccine injury, and even shingles itself. Merck, the company that makes Zostavax, is now facing multiple lawsuits from patients and families harmed by their product. At least 80 deaths tied to the Zostavax vaccine have been reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), along with over 100,000 reports of other adverse side effects.

New Jersey Lawmaker Calls for Sex Abuse Investigation into Catholic Church
Central American illegal immigrants are being horded into America by the hundreds of thousands. Their activities are being coordinated by the dark forces behind the CALEXIT movement, which seeks to exit the United States and this would perpetuate an economic collapse of the United States. China is a major platyer in this plot.

As It Is In S. Africa, So It Is In California
Central American illegal immigrants are being horded into America by the hundreds of thousands. Their activities are being coordinated by the dark forces behind the CALEXIT movement, which seeks to exit the United States and this would perpetuate an economic collapse of the United States. China is a major platyer in this plot.

Japan typhoon: Eleven dead and a million without power in devastation
Eleven people have been killed, a million are without power and thousands have been left stranded after a fierce typhoon lashed Japan. Hundreds more were injured when homes and infrastructure along the west coast were devastated by Typhoon Jebi – Japan’s most powerful storm in a quarter of a century.

Levi Strauss teams up with gun control group: ‘We simply cannot stand by silently’
American denim giant Levi Strauss & Co. announced Tuesday that it is launching a series of new initiatives to benefit groups working to prevent gun violence.

Tommy Hilfiger embeds smart chips in new fashion line
Fashion label Tommy Hilfiger will be releasing a smart-chip technology clothing line that offers consumers merchandise points and rewards.

US group CAIR named terrorist organization by United Arab Emirates
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Headlines – 9/6/2018

Paraguay to Move Embassy Back to Tel Aviv From Jerusalem; Israel Retaliates – Shuts Embassy

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Netanyahu: ‘working relentlessly to prevent Iranian weapon production’

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The secrecy is unveiled: a race to destroy Iranian facilities in Syria

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Trump denies he discussed assassinating Syria’s Assad

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Russian-led advance on Idlib could displace 700,000 Syrians

U.S. compares Nicaragua to Syria, warns of potential regional crisis

Israel’s Foreign Ministry says it will seek an ‘improved’ Iran deal in 2019

Iran accuses Trump of ‘bullying’ other countries into anti-Tehran stance

Iran slams Trump’s ‘chutzpah’ over UN Security Council plans

Iran worried about its survival, says Trump, leaving door open for talks

Trump not concerned with meeting Rouhani, says Iran in ‘turmoil’

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Iran says it will go beyond previous enrichment if nuclear deal fails

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Colombia’s Cano Limon pipeline bombed by rebels

Argentina is running out of tools to lift its plunging currency

Russia’s Multinational Military Exercise Last Week Was A Dry Run For Bigger War Games

Russia is using its military to become a major player in China’s backyard, and it could mean trouble if Moscow pushes too far

China eases economic pressure on North Korea, undercutting the Trump admin

Kim Jong Un demands ‘goodwill measures’ as Koreas set summit

Two Koreas agree to hold September summit in recommitment to denuclearization

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un expresses faith in Trump, reaffirms commitment to nuclear-free peninsula

North Korea’s Kim says wants to denuclearize in Trump’s first term

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Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

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Eastern Congo has new Ebola case in city of 1.4 million

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September 6, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Pe 5:6–7). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


Trust

casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (5:7)

As believers endure humbly and submissively, they find their strength in the midst of trials, by means of confident trust in God’s perfect purpose. The psalmist David is surely Peter’s source, since this trust was his, and the apostle must have known his words well: “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken” (Ps. 55:22). David’s anxiety came from attacks by a Judas-like friend (see vv. 12–14), a most difficult trial to bear since it comes from one who is loved and trusted. Peter drew from that text to instruct all believers in all kinds of trouble to follow David’s example and give themselves to the Lord’s care (cf. 2:23; 4:19).

Casting (from epiriptō) means throwing something on something else or someone else. For example, in Luke 19:35 (kjv) it is used of throwing a blanket over an animal. Peter exhorts believers to throw on the Lord all their anxiety, a word that can include all discontentment, discouragement, despair, questioning, pain, suffering, and whatever other trials they encounter (cf. 2 Sam. 22:3; Pss. 9:10; 13:5; 23:4; 36:7; 37:5; 55:22; Prov. 3:5–6; Isa. 26:4; Nah. 1:7; Matt. 6:25–34; 2 Cor. 1:10; Phil. 4:6–7, 19; Heb. 13:6) because they can trust His love, faithfulness, power, and wisdom.[1]


6–7 Humility, however, is not mere self-effacement; it is an awareness of the greatness of God in comparison, as well as the realization that the humble one day will be exalted: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” James, also drawing inspiration from Proverbs 3:34, makes similar application; the common elements in both letters are (1) divine resistance to pride, (2) the bestowal of grace, (3) submission to God, and (4) the acknowledgment of a spiritual enemy (cf. Jas 4:6–7). The attitude of humility before Almighty God allows those who face hardship and hostility to cast all anxiety on him because he indeed cares for them.

Peter’s language in v. 7 is remarkably similar to Psalm 55:22: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you” (ESV). Psalm 55, it should be noted, is devoted to the complaint of the righteous and the cry of deliverance. In submission, one genuinely is set free from fear and anxiety; to be in the arms of God is to know divine provision and care. The psychological release that comes from “casting” (epiriptō, GK 2166, a strengthened form of riptō, “to cast down” or “throw”) our cares on the Lord is admirably described by Mounce, 87: “Anxiety follows when we forget that God is the One who cares for us. We are not left adrift on the sea of chance facing shipwreck on the shoals of an impersonal destiny. We are under the care of a sovereign God who controls the course of history and is intricately involved in the everyday life of each of his children.”[2]


5:7 / However trying the circumstances, therefore, believers are to look to God alone: Cast all your anxiety on him. Far from being an attitude of resignation, humility for the Christian has this very practical aspect. In response to humble trust, God is not only able to deliver his own, but is at all times ready and willing to do so: he cares for you. Without drawing attention to the fact, Peter is again quoting from the ot—this time from Psalm 55:22 lxx. Believers can safely leave all anxieties with their heavenly Father (Matt. 6:25–34). He will care about their cares. For their part, believers are to be care-free. It is one of the distinctive treasures which Christianity has inherited from Judaism that God is known to be concerned with the personal care of his people. Other religions at best see God as aloof, as one who, while good and perfect, keeps his distance from human beings.[3]


5:7. Satan and his attacks have not been mentioned overtly, but another resistance method for believers appears here. As we trust God and his mighty power, we follow a God who cares deeply for us. Peter may have had in mind the words of Jesus (Matt. 6:25–34). If so, he borrowed them and placed them in the context and crucible of suffering and persecution.

Cast means “to throw something upon someone or something else.” This word suggests a deliberate decision of trust. We are to trust God with our anxiety, the things we worry about. The term (merimnan) means “to be drawn in different directions, to be divided or distracted.” Whatever we are anxious about tends to distract us from trusting God. It tends to pull us in different directions so that we do not depend on him. When we limp in this direction, we do not resist Satan, but play into his hand. He wants us to put more trust in ourselves and others as opposed to God.

Peter’s first-century readers, like their twentieth-century cousins, failed to remember this truth even in the midst of anguish and pain: God cares for you. The form in which the verb appears (present active indicative with the dative) indicates that God’s care and concern for believers is constant, ongoing, and unending. God is not indifferent to the suffering of his followers, but desires our active, humble trust in him, especially during difficult days.[4]


Cast away anxiety

7. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Of all the religions in the world, only the Judeo-Christian religion teaches that God cares for his children. In fact, he cares so much that he bids them bring all their problems to him. The Bible says:

Commit your way to the Lord;

trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,

the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. [Ps. 37:5]

Cast your cares on the Lord

and he will sustain you;

he will never let the righteous fall. [Ps. 55:22]

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.… For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” [Matt. 6:25, 32]

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. [Phil. 4:6]

Notice that Peter uses the term cast. In the Greek, the tense implies that casting is a single act. In true humility and trust in God, the Christian throws all his anxieties on the Lord. The Greek word for “anxiety” means “to be drawn in different directions.” Anxiety has a debilitating effect on our lives and results from our loss of confidence and assurance. If we doubt, we assume the burden of worries and thus demonstrate a lack of faith. Therefore Peter urges us to cast our worries on God and to trust in him.

The verb to cast signifies the act of exerting effort to fling something away from ourselves. It describes a deliberate act. Once we have thrown away our anxieties, although not our troubles, we know that God cares for us. In both the Old and New Testaments God’s promise to care for his children is sure (see Deut. 31:6; Heb. 13:5).

Practical Considerations in 5:6–7

The world regards humility not as a virtue but as a weakness that man should avoid. Just as he avoids arrogance and pride, so he should abhor humility. Humbleness is understood in the derogatory sense of a weak person who is groveling in the dust. Scripture, however, teaches that meekness is not weakness but moral strength. Moses was known as “a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Num. 12:3), and yet served as the greatest leader and lawgiver Israel ever had.

Scripture exhorts us to be humble before God and man. But in daily life, practice often differs from theory. For example, a pastor longs to be the minister of a large congregation but never receives a call; a member of a church openly campaigns for a position as elder or deacon but never is elected; someone vies for the editorship of a denominational paper but is not appointed. In these cases, pride and self-interest play a dominant role. A humble person knows that not man but God promotes and appoints people to work in the church. The words of the psalmist are to the point:

No one from the east or the west

or from the desert can exalt a man.

But it is God who judges:

He brings one down, he exalts another. [Ps. 75:6–7][5]


5:7 Believers are privileged to cast all their anxieties on the Lord with the strong confidence that He cares. Once again Peter is quoting from the Greek version of the OT (Ps. 55:22).

J. Sidlow Baxter points out that there are two kinds of care here:

There is anxious care, in the words: “Casting all your care upon Him”; and there is affectionate care, in the words: “He careth for you.” Over against all our own anxious care is our Savior’s never-failing affectionate care.

Worry is unnecessary; there is no need for us to bear the burdens when He is willing and able to bear them for us. Worry is futile; it hasn’t solved a problem yet. Worry is sin. A preacher once said: “Worry is sin because it denies the wisdom of God; it says that He doesn’t know what He’s doing. It denies the love of God; it says He does not care. And it denies the power of God; it says that He isn’t able to deliver me from whatever is causing me to worry.” Something to think about![6]


5:6–7. Knowing God’s attitude should cause Christians not only to be subject to others but also to subject themselves deliberately to God’s sovereign rule. The command humble yourselves (tapeinōthēte) could be translated “allow yourselves to be humbled.” Those who were suffering persecution for Christ’s sake could be encouraged by the fact that the same mighty hand that let them suffer would one day lift (hypsōsē, “exalt”) them up (cf. James 4:10).

Peter then referred to Christ’s classic words of encouragement in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 6:25–32), while quoting Psalm 55:22: “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you.” All a believer’s anxieties can be cast … on Him. Christ sustains because He cares. A Christian’s confidence rests in the fact that Christ is genuinely concerned for his welfare.[7]


5:7 — … casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Regardless of the concern or worry, God wants us to bring everything to Him. He always has our best interests at heart and will rouse all His infinite power to help us become the people we are meant to be.[8]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2004). 1 Peter (pp. 279–280). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Charles, D. J. (2006). 1 Peter. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 354). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Hillyer, N. (2011). 1 and 2 Peter, Jude (p. 145). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Walls, D., & Anders, M. (1999). I & II Peter, I, II & III John, Jude (Vol. 11, pp. 92–93). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Epistles of Peter and the Epistle of Jude (Vol. 16, pp. 198–200). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2281). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Raymer, R. M. (1985). 1 Peter. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 856). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[8] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (1 Pe 5:7). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

September 6 The Apostles Sovereignly Commissioned

Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority.—Matt. 10:1a

When Jesus summoned His twelve disciples, He was making more than a casual request. The word Matthew used is an intense term that means to call someone to oneself in order to confront him face-to-face. It is used of God’s calling the Gentiles to Himself through the gospel (Acts 2:39) and of His calling His chosen men and entrusting them to proclaim the gospel (Acts 13:2; 16:10). The vocabulary implies that this summoning was connected to an official commissioning to the Lord’s service.

Behind Jesus’ commissioning and training of the twelve disciples are several foundational facts. First, these men were chosen sovereignly by God. None of the twelve initiated the idea of following Jesus and becoming His disciples, much less His apostles. It was entirely God’s planning and doing. Mark tells us that Jesus “summoned those whom He Himself wanted” (Mark 3:13), and near the end of His earthly ministry Jesus reminded them, “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you” (John 15:16).

The men themselves were not consulted nor were any other men. Jesus’ only consultation was with His heavenly Father. Like Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, and all the prophets, the twelve disciples were chosen by God’s sovereign will and for His sovereign purpose, being foreordained to His service before the foundation of the world. That has always been God’s way. He divinely chose Israel, He divinely chose His prophets and His apostles, and He divinely chooses those today who become the leaders of His own Body, the church.

ASK YOURSELF

Have you routinely thought of God’s calling on your life as having this kind of urgency, intention, and purpose? Are there other priorities that are siphoning off the importance you should be placing on the tasks God has called you to accomplish in His service?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 258). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

Former Congressman: “The Deep State Is Real..& They Don’t Like Trump’s Disruption” | Zero Hedge

“The Deep State is real… They don’t like exposure, accountability or responsibility. They fight back, outlast and work the system for their advantage…”

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

In his new book titled  “The Deep State: How an army of bureaucrats protected Barack Obama and is working to destroy Donald Trump,” Jason Chaffetz alleges that the deep state is very real.

His book, which is set to be published on September 18, details the lengths the intelligence community is going to in an attempt to undermine Trump.

“The Deep State is real,” Chaffetz wrote, according to the Salt Lake Tribune

“They don’t like exposure, accountability or responsibility. They fight back, outlast and work the system for their advantage. And they certainly don’t like disruptive forces such as Donald Trump.”

” ”

Of course, this flies in the face of ‘lying’ former FBI Director James Comey, who exclaimed in May that:

There is no deep state, but there’s a deep culture and commitment to the rule of law that runs all the way down through not just the Department of Justice and the FBI but the military services and the intelligence community. It would be interesting to see what would happen next,” 

Chaffetz, a former congressman from Utah, resigned from Congress in June 2017. At the time, that was about six months into Trump’s presidency. Chaffetz then decided to take a job as a political analyst for the FOX News Channel and the FOX Business Network, according to USA Today.

Chaffetz says that the devastating Benghazi incident is what uncovered a larger problem in the corrupt government.

“Without exposing Benghazi we might never have learned that Hillary Clinton was using her private email server to conduct government business and transmit classified information,” Chaffetz wrote.

Benghazi was a symptom of a much deeper problem at the State Department. Their decisions were based not on a security calculation, but on a political one.” 

Chaffetz also tosses the Department of Justice firmly under the bus in his book as well. The DOJ is a frequent target of both Trump and the House Freedom Caucus.

“The DOJ should be protecting us,” Chaffetz wrote.

“And yet it is the federal agency that stands head and shoulders above the rest in enabling the Swamp.”

The leftists both in political positions and amongst the public see Chaffetz as going after Obama while allowing Trump to run free.

“Despite issuing a steady stream of far-reaching subpoenas during the Obama Administration, the Oversight Committee has essentially gone dormant under the Trump Administration, and Chairman Chaffetz’s successor has not issued a single subpoena to anyone, on any issue, ever,” Elijah Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland and the top Democrat on the  House oversight panel said.
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-05/former-congressman-deep-state-real-they-dont-trumps-disruption

SEPTEMBER 6 IN GOD’S PLAN THE DOCTRINE OF FAITH IS CENTRAL

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our LORD Jesus Christ.

ROMANS 5:1

In the divine scheme of salvation, the doctrine of faith is central, so that every benefit flowing from the atonement of Christ comes to the individual through the gateway of faith!

Forgiveness, cleansing, regeneration, the Holy Spirit, all answers to prayer, are given to faith and received by faith. There is no other way! This is common evangelical doctrine and is accepted wherever the cross of Christ is understood.

Faith, as the Bible knows it, is confidence in God and His Son Jesus Christ; it is the response of the soul to the divine character as revealed in the Scriptures; and even this response is impossible apart from the prior inworking of the Holy Spirit.

Faith is a gift of God to a penitent soul and has nothing whatsoever to do with the senses or the data they afford.

Faith is a miracle; it is the ability God gives to trust His Son, and anything that does not result in action in accord with the will of God is not faith, but something else short of it!

Faith and morals are two sides of the same coin. Indeed, the very essence of faith is moral. Any professed faith in Christ as personal Saviour that does not bring the life under plenary obedience to Christ as Lord is inadequate and must betray its victim at the last![1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Navigating Feelings After Abuse — Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

As a victim of child sexual assault and now a biblical counselor, I have found the faithfulness and lovingkindness of God declared in Scripture to be real and powerful to heal.

I don’t want you to think I’ve come to this place overnight or that I’ve arrived and don’t still struggle! There were years when I looked within myself for strength and sought after control to alleviate my feelings of helplessness and fear of getting hurt again (whether emotionally or physically). However, in my pursuit of control, I found that I was the one being controlled—by my emotions. Whatever I was feeling determined my reality and impacted my decisions, making it difficult to live the stable, biblically wise life I was called to as a child of God.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to share a little about what I’ve found in Scripture on this subject, although I wish I could sit down and talk with you over coffee instead! I hope that this post and the gospel will encourage you to know that we are not at the mercy of how we feel. We do not have to be enslaved by our emotions.

via Navigating Feelings After Abuse — Association of Certified Biblical Counselors