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God was speaking to me about the issue of blood. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” Leviticus 17:11. We understand then that the life of something is in the Blood.What is life? What is blood? We can come up with many topical definitions of what they are. Here God is saying that they cannot exist without the other.Wow…powerful,you’ll never think of them the same way again. So if you read earlier I spoke about sacrifice, and spirits. If we put everything we know together so far a picture of the spiritual realm will emerge. God is not bloodthirsty as some would have you think. Mans enemy, has him killing each other to appease the blood thirsty demons. From what we read in the Bible,Spirits were not created to eat or be like us.They want blood, to kill the life in that blood.

Every man they take down especially, if that individual is an unbeliever is one more notch for Satan. Satan is a cruel being, demons and devils have sinned, they are perverted , cursed and disgraced. So to is everyone who does their bidding. Before man messed up in the garden of Eden, there was no blood requirement. Sin necessitates blood, to clean up its evil effect. You see there came a point that God himself had to come and shed his divine blood, because the blood of animals was not enough to destroy the taint of the sins of mankind. Do you know that babies blood and mothers blood, don’t cross in the womb? Mary was impregnated by the Holy Spirit, but it was divine blood, that flowed in Jesus veins. Now that is another divine mystery, because I just said that demons are spirits and spirits are unlike men. Jesus was a spirit before he entered the womb. We don’t understand the love God has for mankind. If we did we would never behave in the manner we do with each other. Jesus blood trumps every other sacrifice known to man.The people who are not under the blood of Jesus don’t realise the danger they are in. The shedding of blood is a sacrifice. Anyone who sheds blood is cursed. Only one mans blood can deliver you and his name is Jesus Christ.

God is a holy God,he cannot tolerate sin on any level. The enemy is always trying to discredit his creator, he has never stopped speaking lies and he won’t stop now. Mankind is buying into his lies and harming each other. I said before we are family, Gods children.The enemy has come in and messed up what God wanted to do with us. Man doesn’t know who he is. If he did, he would not be trading his power for demon power. The spirit of the Lord then told me that for every killing a demon responsible. You see many people cut down in the prime of their youth, smitten by all kinds of sickness and disease,a demon is responsible. God has timing for everything “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away” Psalm 90:10. If you did not, get to the Lords timing for you life,you were cut down, don’t matter what people  might say.

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Rarely discussed is the issue of soul ties. I posted previously on the topic and felt it necessary to do a second article. I wrote soul ties in response to an earlier post on “Sexuality a blessing or a curse.” Soul ties as the name implies is the joining or coming together of two or more souls. The soul in its basic application is the essence of a person. Different religious traditions teach that all biological organisms have souls. Sometimes, the word soul, functions as a synonym for spirit, mind, and the self. The soul is an important and vital component of every living human being. TD Jakes writes “the soul, housing the mind, will and emotions is truly the last great, unexplored realm on earth” The Forty Day Soul Fast (Cindy Trimm 15). The book of Mark asks “for what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul” (King James Bible, Mark 8:36)? We can appreciate the validity then, of this all important aspect of our make-up.

God made everything and called it good. When man fell in the ‘Garden of Eden’, sin entered into the world, changing the nature and the dynamics of the universe. Previously man had enjoyed fellowship with God, which enabled him to walk circumspectly, and gave him the where withal to make great choices. Man’s appetites, was in essence pure, and in line with Godly character and behavior. Our souls now crave the very things that eventually destroy us. Most individuals, especially the Christian believer, have a good idea of what God expects from us. So if we shun the bad or undesirable models, we should expect to grow in the grace and knowledge of God, and embrace spiritual things.

As we journey through life, certain choices have impacted the trajectory of our lives. It is only through hindsight that we come to an understanding that, maybe we should have chosen differently. What would have happened, if we had prior knowledge or revelation, before embarking on major life changing decisions? Some decisions have lasting impact on our lives and destiny. Try as we might, we can’t go back and fix them. How many individuals are in the dark about spiritual matters?  We all need information, in order to be successful in life. The spiritual realm is the causative realm. Causative, because everything happens in the spiritual realm first, before it ever manifests in the physical. So how do we succeed or make great decisions? Every one of us, need some type of information, if we are to succeed in life. Francis Bacon said ‘knowledge is power’, I’m a firm believer of this old adage. Having knowledge is one thing though, we need the wisdom to apply and make it work for us. I think every human being started out wanting to be an over comer and to be victorious in life. If I knew what I know now, I would have saved myself a world of trouble. So let’s look at the problems with illicit sex. One of mankind’s most pleasurable pursuits, our greatest area of ignorance, bondage and affliction.

The focus of the present education system is mostly geared to instruction in the academic arena. Spiritual instruction is minimal at best. Society tends to leave it up to the church to instruct individuals concerning their spirituality. While I agree wholeheartedly that the church is the best institution to handle mans spiritual affairs, I want to present the idea, of more involvement by society, at large. Our children learn many things, early on in their development. I believe there is great benefit in enforcing good values and positively reinforcing good morals in children, from an early age. Our spiritual nature is ever present; it is something that is our heritage from birth. The spiritual realm and its activities aren’t on hold, waiting until we discover who we are. The attitude of contemporary man is to wait until, he is older to explore and partake of this privilege. Our approach to spirituality is more reactionary than proactive. Certain behaviors we exhibit, have been handed down from our ancestors, some is from societal norms and others we pattern after each other. I’m not referring to peer pressure per say, but the attitude is well, sEnglish: Title page of The Holy Bible, King Ja...o and so is doing it. As I wrote in the previous piece, we were not taught that sex is a spiritual transaction, which has binding ties.

Sex is supposed to be a beautiful act between two married lovers. Mans enemy has taken something beautiful and perverted it, making the sex act a free for all, anything goes. If we look around us in society today, we can see the heinous and terrible destruction that has come upon mankind because of sexual perversion. It’s not something new; many societies have tasted the poison of illicit sex. As a student of the Bible, it is incumbent on me to present its teachings as it relates to contemporary society. Satan always wants man to turn away from God, in fact his primary objective is to get us to disobey the laws that God has instituted we adhere to. Many promising men and women and leaders in society, lives have been tainted by scandal, their destinies and their lives cut short by sexual immorality.

Prostitution, a scourge on society has been in existence for some time now, even men and women in antiquity bartered sex. The story of Rahab illustrates this very well, “and Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there” Joshua 2:1. We must remember that God doesn’t hate people who are truly repentant of their sins, he hates the sin. From the above scripture we can see that, even in antiquity, man found a way to barter away, what was sacred. Sure we can make all the excuses we want, sex was never intended for the things we sometimes use it for.

Why should we care?  If you want to stem the tide of destruction in your family, in your society and nation, then we all need to change. Money doesn’t equate happiness, as we have seen time and time again by the numerous tragic circumstances of the wealthy. Rich and poor alike, we all suffer from the consequences of immorality. King David lusted after Bathsheba and destroyed her husband to have her, 2 Samuel 11. David suffered dearly, and his children shared in his sins. One slept with his father’s wives in full view of the people and the other raped his half sister. We could argue that they acted alone, but the Bible states that God “visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation” Exodus 34:7. So no one escapes the wrath of God, when we decide to disobey his commandments.

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We are spirit beings, and in the spirit realm we communicate by transferring things to and from one another. I know for some folks, it is hard to grasp the concept, because you can’t see it or even begin to understand the spiritual realm. Know that it is real though, your physical body is a house, the real you is inside that house. Whether you are aware of it or not, the spiritual realm is acting on you and you acting on it. Touch is transference, kiss is transference, and sex is one of the most intimate ways of communication. Not only that, it is a way of entering into the others person spirit. During the sex act, the partners become one. God made his world like that, because we are supposed to be sharing certain qualities with each other, when we come together on such a level. Hence the union and joining of the body was intended for married couples. By the time people marry, they are already joined in other ways and are sharing house and home. Courtship is important because it is getting you ready for joining on a deeper level. In antiquity and even now, parents choose partners, because they wanted certain qualities in their family, same thing. What perversion and illicit sex does is to bypass the ritual of finding out what you need to know beforehand. You jump in, only to encounter difficulties and then we want to bail; only the damage is already done.

So why is the enemy having a field day with humans? Satan loves to bring bondage upon people, that is his way primary of controlling, manipulating and destroying human beings. Every opening on the body is a gateway to our spirit man. Satan has many ways of defiling a person spiritually. He tries many methods until he succeeds, that is why, we must walk in obedience to God’s laws. We must be careful, what we watch (sight), eat (taste), listen (hearing), touch, and smell. Your senses are an important part of your makeup; they work in concert with your physical and spiritual man. The sex organs are an entryway to your spirit man. It is a type of doorway; you wouldn’t just let anyone come into your house? That’s what we do when we have sex with people we are not married to. Whatever is on the person you are intimate with, will come into your spirit. Hence the many issues we see being replicated in community after community, we are allowing this to happen because of our careless and loose behavior when it comes to sexuality. Satan uses sexuality to call the judgment of God down on people. God cannot change, he has decreed certain things, and he has pronounced curses, if you disobey you will reap spiritual problems.

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The Downfall of Adam and Eve and their Expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

When we become intimate we enter into a covenant, a covenant is usually between two or more parties, that is why sexual sins are so binding. You never forget the persons you sleep with, and you are bonded with your partners at the deepest level possible, this becomes a soul tie, and only the mercy of God can break the tie. Demons and devils enter into us through our partners. Ever wonder why some people can’t quit the behavior that is destroying them? They are under bondage, and even when the desire to quit is present they continue to engage in it. When we engage in sexual immorality, we are inviting trouble into our lives. Demons are counting on your ignorance and your participation, because you get to cooperate in your own bondage. The Bible says “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body” 1 Corinthians 6:18 .

We must remember that Satan deals in perversion, good things link up with the positive realm of the supernatural. Immorality links the person with the negative spiritual realm. Many people are linked to others in the spirit, although they don’t necessarily know the person. They are sharing demons and devils, you can’t see them but they onboard. Some people will never see real growth and progress in their lives until they get delivered. It’s a wide topic, and again I just scratched the surface but I’m ready to move on. Be blessed!

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 Created to destroy God’s enemies, Samson was born to fulfill a specific assignment on earth. His life was fraught with many battles, some which he brought on himself. The name Samson in Hebrew means “distinguished”, “the distinguished one” and “man of the sun.” Samson was born in the period when God was punishing the Israelites. God allowed Israel’s enemies namely the Philistines to wage war against them because they were disobedient. In Judges 13 we are told that Sampson’s mother was barren and could not conceive, God granted her prayer for a child. Samson’s coming was heralded by an angel of God. There were certain stipulations concerning the child’s coming into the world. He was to be a nazarite, which is a person consecrated to God for a specific purpose. The call on Sampson’s life was so great, that God in his wisdom stipulated that he lived and observed certain rules. The angel told Samson’s mother “now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”

As we see throughout scriptures, whenever, Israel disobeys God, he gives them over to their enemies in judgment for their sin. As the people cry out to him, he sends or raises up someone to bring deliverance. Israel relationship with God is an interesting one; you would think with all their struggles they would have learnt their lesson. Mans nature is fickle, Israel’s behavior illustrates this aspect of our makeup, we tend to forget all too quickly the goodness of God. God relationship with Israel follows a set pattern; the people   worship foreign Gods and false idols which anger God: Yahweh in Hebrew.

The Pattern:

  1. 1.    Israel “does evil in the eyes of Yahweh”,
  2. 2.    the people are given into the hands of their enemies and cry out to Yahweh,
  3. 3.    Yahweh raises up a leader,
  4. 4.    the “spirit of Yahweh” comes upon the leader,
  5. 5.    the leader manages to defeat the enemy, and
  6. 6.    Peace is regained.

Once peace was regained, for a time Israel does right and receives God’s blessings, only to relapse into evil behavior, repeating the pattern set forth above. God is forgiving and compassionate, he forgives countless times, but he also chastens those he loves. Samson was one of the last judges of Israel, judging from about 1095-1075 B.C.

Who were the Judges: They were divinely inspired leaders whose direct knowledge of God allows them to act as leaders, prophets and messengers for Israel. They would be the liaisons between the people and all opposing powers during periods of oppression by foreign rulers. This cycle happens about seven times between the conquests of Joshua until the time of Samuel. Samson lived towards the end of this 350 year period and is the last judge mentioned in the book of Judges. There were twelve judges in total, representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Some had major roles and offices, in the Book of Judges they were divided into two groups, the major and minor judges.

Quite a length of time and history involved, many generations of Israelites carried on in the same pattern. Mankind, to a large degree has behaved in predictable fashions for ages, it doesn’t matter how many times we teach, some people still disbelieve and some will continue to do evil. God gave Samson special ability to accomplish his mandate; he was the strongest man that ever lived. His supernatural strength was given for a reason. It was to be used to enable him to fight for his people, to protect them from attacks, to establish his people and bring them to God, through his example of servitude. Samson’s fight with the Philistines was largely personal and not out of concern for his people. God’s most important asset after his word is people. God acknowledges those who acknowledge him. I say this because the Philistines had their own Gods, so God left them to their own devices. We must remember too, that the Bible teaches that those who hate God’s chosen are his enemies and he will fight against such people.

When the angel came he stated that “the child was not to drink wine, cut his hair or touch a dead body” (13:3). Samson’s strength was in his covenant with God, what the angel delivered was indeed a covenant relationship, which would only be successful if Samson kept the agreement. Samson would eventually lead a life of excess, thereby wasting his talents and fulfilling his own lusts. Many times in life, we make decisions that change the trajectory of our destiny. Samson adamant decision to marry a Philistine girl, against the wishes of his parents would impact his life forever. When his young wife was killed, it pitted Samson against the Philistines in a personal vendetta. Samson priories became skewed from that moment on, and his focus was broken. He began frequenting prostitutes, a man chosen and given so many talents, leadership and divinely appointed lost his way. The enemy of mankind never rests; behind the scenes he was destroying a life that was full of promise. Maybe Samson wanted to bury his sorrows, maybe he felt unworthy after the death of his wife. Why did he not remarry? Why did he not repent? Did he ask God to heal his broken heart? Valid questions that the Bible does not answer for us, Samson was low in spirits to sort the company of prostitutes.

Delilah: is a Philistine harlot, and her mission was to trick and capture Samson for the Philistines. Her only loyalty was to the coin and the Philistines her own people. Delilah was a seducer, a trickster and someone who was involved in the dark arts. She bewitched Samson, so that he made stupid mistakes. We must remember that Samson was very strong, ‘he wrestled and killed a lion’ Judges 14:5–6, when the Philistines came upon him, they would come, as an army. This happened about three or four times with Delilah present after she had sold him out. So either Samson was stupid, arrogant, confident in his ability to escape, or he was under some sort of bewitchment. He eventually, told her his secret, which she promptly used against him.

Summary:
God is faithful to the end, although Samson failed miserably, God redeemed in the end. He even mentions him, in Hebrews11:32 “And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets.”

Samson was an obstinate and strong willed man, he was not humble and extreme hubris dogged his footsteps. He strayed from God; Samson did not walk close to God for most of his life. It was towards the end, when he lost everything including his eyesight that he restored his covenant with God. This story is an example of how Satan can interrupt and destroy a life, if we are not careful to walk in divine revelation. Samson’s tenure was twenty years but he left little to show for his time in office. He frustrated the Philistines though, thwarting their attempts to totally dominate Israel.

Français : Samson et Dalila par Alexandre Cabanel

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But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy”1 Peter 1:15-16

 “God is holy in nature and in all His ways, and he wants to make man like Himself.He wants man to be Christlike.This is the aim of all Christian effort.We must therefore constantly and earnestly pray to be made holy” E.M.Bounds.

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Just a quick commentary.You know for years we, meaning believers and those proponents that promote the gospel.Have been trying to convince others that God is real.There have been some converts over the years, praise the Lord for this.I was reading and really focusing on Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

God really wants us to believe who he is first.He requires us to do something first, to receive from him.Believing is activating our faith in who God is.After we do this, the scripture tells us that God will reward those that diligently seek him.Believing is getting our foot in the door so to speak.God always rewards obedience, as we have seen throughout the scriptures.This scripture verse is loaded.On first observation it seems so simple, but in fact its the basis and the starting place of our journey into discovering who God really is.If you don’t believe, you’ll never grow in the knowledge of God.So As we try to teach others about God we must try to understand and speak to their belief system. Sometimes their beliefs are founded on erroneous information.Once such individuals get the correct information you can see the transformation come over them.But there exists a certain element of society that will not believe, no matter what you tell them or how it is presented.I think by then,its become more than the Doubting Thomas syndrome for these folks.Maybe its an intellectual mindset, or it could be religion and the list goes on.I’m not trying to be dismissive at all,we all have issues that we think that are insurmountable.Every human being has been given the unique ability to believe. Wow… isn’t that amazing in itself, you get to choose what you want to believe always.Blessings!

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What’s Happening on TV this Weekend Could Change the World.
I came across this article and thought I would share it with you.
The Bible is unlike any other book I’ve previously encountered.Having the stories come to life on screen is an added bonus.

Old Bibles, Book Craftsman 7-2012

 

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I alluded to the issue of soul ties earlier this week when I posted in the article “Sexuality, a blessing or curse.”  The Urban dictionary defines ‘soul ties as a spiritual or emotional connection you have to someone after being intimate with them, usually engaging in sexual intercourse. To the point that when you want to be rid of them from your mind and your life, even when you are far away from them and out of their presence you still feel as if they are a part of you… Causing you to feel un-whole…’. Soul tie is a God idea, when carried out per his instructions it leads to mutually beneficial relationships. It was intended to bring blessing and joy into our lives. Every person is a living soul “and the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul “Genesis 2:7.

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 God made Eve to be a companion to her husband, in God’s kingdom two is better than one. In our own relationships I’m sure we are all grateful for our spouses and children etc, I’m lumping here all human relationships .They help to bring meaning, provide comfort and sustain us as we journey through life. We have soul- ties with all these individuals, but like everything else God has made beautiful the interloper comes and destroys or changes things around. Its Satan counterfeit ties that are running amok and trying to destroy all that is beautiful in the world, Satan cannot succeed if we don’t corporate with him. Mankind has to stop seeing each other as the enemy and unite to expose the real enemy.

If you read the Bible you won’t find the term soul tie but instead you’ll come across choices as knit together, one with another, one flesh, and members of one another and so on. Essentially they all mean the same thing soul tie.The Hebrew word for “knitted”: means “to weave.” Other times, the word is translated “to cover, screen, or protect.” Knitting also means companion. As I said previously two are better than one, God in his wisdom instituted the concept of two becoming one. Joining together has certain privileges and benefits a union is a strong bond; the Bible enforces this principle throughout the scriptures. Deuteronomy 32:30 “one have chased a thousand, and two have put ten thousand to flight. 

 Remember we are all living souls so all our relationships involve some association of the soul. I’m writing on spiritual matters and we are getting to the bit on sexual soul ties but I would be remiss if I don’t shed light on the other soul tie connections. The soul is from God, so it is a conduit or pathway to spiritual things. We know that there is the negative or positive spiritual(or supernatural. When we are living according to God’s divine agenda and obedient to his word it’s more difficult for the enemy to enter. The Christian is not exempt from demonic manipulation unless a person adheres to Godly instruction he is just as open to attack as the ungodly. One’s will, mental, spiritual and emotional capacity is tied into our soul. We are made in the image and likeness of God and were created to interact with our creator and the rest of his subjects.                                                                                         

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Examples of Soul connections or ties:

As a group of people

Judges 20:11 “So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city knit together as one man” (having one common purpose).

Romans 12:5 “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another” ( the body of Christ, one people) 

Through friendships

1st Samuel 18:1 “And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” 

Brothers and sisters within the Body –

Colossians.2:2 “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love.”

A man and his wife

Genesis 4:1 “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived” (One of the most binding ties, its core is spiritual in nature but many enter into this relationship unawares of its significance).

Parent and children ties-

Genesis 37:34 “Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.  All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him.

(Parents are the first individuals that nurture and love children. Our formative years are spent in the care of these people who love and teach us the basics and foundational requirements for living. Everything else we learn in life is an additional layer. Loss and death involves more than grief, it is the actual severing of a soul tie hence its painful nature. Divorce also presents with the same implications because the souls are so intertwined with each other damage is done to the lives when they break apart).

Bonding is happening at many levels, these are just a few, and many types exist in other social contexts and institutions. Soul ties can be polluted and become toxic; if all was well we’d all be free of problems. There are many examples of destructive soul ties and many Biblical examples proving this issue has been prevalent with mankind for generations. They persist largely because of ignorance, our careless and selfish natures and primarily because of our lose lifestyles. Many people are in bondage today and it’s by prayer and sometimes fasting God can and will intervene to break the ungodly soul ties. This is too wide a topic to get into all at once so I’m focusing on the sexual aspect of the ties.

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You know in the Caribbean we say “old fire stick easy to catch.” What it means is that previous lovers make up back after some time apart from each other. Sometimes whole families are caught up in the tangled mess as the soul ties are so strong. It literally forces the couple involved to leave their inhibitions behind and their morals to fly out the window. Their sense of right and wrong is severely impacted, and many wonder how they could be so callous. Considering they have children and separate lives, but unbeknownst to onlookers these men and women are tied together or bound in the spiritual realm. It’s an unseen bond but its binding nevertheless. How did this occur? The moment a man enters into a woman’s body he is connected to her on many levels. He has entered into her spirit and she, his because their sexual organs are gateways, to their spirit man. I’m here to debunk the theory today that ‘old fire stick catching easy.’ What’s catching old affairs and bringing them back together is the old soul tie that has not been dealt with and broken off.

 

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