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Having to go over completed projects is very demoralising .  I’m a work in progress, but it will  be all good in the end. I don’t believe in coincidences anymore and so I try to humble myself and learn from every situation. After encountering  many setbacks and opposition in my lifetime, I’m very grateful  for the lessons in resiliency and patience.

Forward momentum has arrived in 2013, and I’m working on some new projects. I can’t wait to share them with you, I do apologise for being away from you on WordPress. As I build,I’ve come across many walls, in the form of spiritual battles, but God is faithful. I tell people, attitude and knowledge is everything, as we go through life’s trials and testings. We fall down but we get up by the grace of God. Blessings,and happy Thursday everyone!

This picture is of the Credit River, in Weston Lions Park in Toronto. One of our favorite jaunts, when my kids and I, lived in the Weston Village area.

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National Day of Prayer

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.

The Downfall of Adam and Eve and their Expulsi...

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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The thick green grass is bent in places

Footstep bruised/ and flattened

The moist smell of aromatic Earth escapes the ground

And seeps through the high reeds/ perfuming the atmosphere

There is another smell of human desperation redolent in the hushed air

Hunter and prey/ both unhappy and chomping at the bits

A dance as old as time

Man and dog, advance cautiously at first

The dog paws the damp soil

Sniffing the depression left behind by fleeing victim

Up ahead, Johnny knows capture is imminent

He can hear them hot on his heels, like Hell’s hounds

“Over there – in the thicket, quick!”

Old Johnny boy –

On the run since he was born

Freedom short-lived

Johnny says his last goodbye

Because he knows he is done for

Massa won’t give him no more chances, for sure.

 

By: Joszann St. John

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Death Valley

 

  • Time without beginning or end; infinite time.
  • The state or quality of being eternal.
  •  The timeless state following death.
  •  The afterlife; immortality.
  •  A very long or seemingly endless time:

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart; but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end” Ecclesiastes 3:11

Every generation and culture that has ever walked the earth believes in some aspect of this concept. So where did it come from? I chose the scripture verse above because, I believe it speaks to the connection that we already have with eternity. Something has been deposited on our inside, which forces us to grasp the reality, that there exists a place, outside the realm of human comprehension. Eternity is relatively unknown, as I said earlier, some things are mysteries, and revelations of the mysterious are to be earned. We imagine many stories and theories of what we think eternity will be like. Personally, I think eternity will be the most sublime of all experiences.

The Bible has quite a lot to say on the subject, but what is most striking is the dual states it presents. We pass from life into death and eternity, eternity is unknown, largely because it is a place that many never return from and thirdly it is portrayed as a reward based on how we lived our lives on earth. So if eternity is a reward, earth is the preparation center. Whenever we are journeying, we always take some time to prepare ourselves and take with us the things we will need for our trip. Once we have entered into eternity there is no coming back, what you left behind, stays behind. People get rewarded for both good and bad behaviors in the earth realm; eternity seems to be a similar idea because we are told of two locations, Heaven and Hell. Since these states exist independent of time, we too must undergo change as we exit the realm where time operates and influence our actions. William Blake said To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour. Here the poet captures the essence of the thread of my musings.

The bible teaches that Eternity is a place like no other, the trials and problems of living in the earth realm will be no more. Living and death is interconnected. We must pass from one state to the other. I have mentioned before that death has meaning, life has meaning; they are two states of being.Time affects us all, as we can clearly see the aging process; occurring right before our eyes. From what the Bible teaches eternity will be a beautiful time for those who have prepared themselves to journey there.


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Three Egrets in Flight

“Authentic living is what I’m about.I think we all owe each other this much.Some days I feel like I can conquer everything, but soon I’m reminded of my human frailty” Joszann St. John.

 

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I listened to most of this interview and I thought I’d share .Very inspiring,I’m so glad to be a part of this world of writing and books.

Book Marketing in Five 03/14 by Savvy BestSellers | Blog Talk Radio.

 

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Caribbean flamingo

Hope everyone is doing wonderful.I haven’t been around lately,and just wanted to check in.I don’t just want to post for posting sake.We deserve the best of each other.Thanks for your love and patience.All in good time. J

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